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Today's News

  • Benton awarded scholarship

    Donovan Benton is among a highly select group of scholarship recipients attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Engineering this fall.
    Benton has been awarded a $5,6oo Thomas J. Murray scholarship for continuing studies in mining engineering. He is a Tau Beta Pi initiate and Alpha Lambda Delta initiate, and he received scholastic honors.
    He is the son of Brenda and Donald Benton of Vandalia, and grandson of Jim and Wilma Shoemaker of Centralia.

  • Kaskaskia College

    New student orientation
    Kaskaskia College invites new students to attend new student orientation.
    The free program is designed to introduce students to information and contacts important for a successful start of their college experience. Information about services and activities and classroom success strategies will be included.
    Students who attend this program traditionally perform better in college than those who do not attend.

  • College Graduates

    Iowa State University
    Rachel Bell of Vandalia graduated from Iowa State University on May 9 in the double major, dual degree Diet and Exercise program.

  • Brownstown, South Central Honor Rolls

    Brownstown Elementary
    Fourth Quarter
    Honor Roll

    High Honors
    FOURTH GRADE
    Kyzara Hissong and Lane Thompson.
    FIFTH GRADE
    Stephen Berg.
    SIXTH GRADE
    Elizabeth Biggs, Chloe Carson and Laura Gurtner.

    Honors
    FOURTH GRADE
    Alek Biggs.
    FIFTH GRADE
    Evyn Barker, Zachary Logdson and Dakota White.
    SIXTH GRADE
    Elissa Baron, Jocob Bloemker, Kayla Haslett, Jeffrey Kelly, Colton Payne, Joshua Rolfingsmeier and Melissa Wiley.

  • Church Briefs-June 2, 2011

    Revival is June 12 at Northside Christian
    Do you want to “fan the flame” you once had? Maybe you once had a “fire” to worship and serve the Lord, but circumstances in your life – or even church – put that fire out!
    Are you looking to reignite that flame? Are you looking to have in you the same fire you see in others?
    Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will hold a one-night revival on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. under the theme of  “Fan the Flame.”

  • Nice Twice future hinges on finding a new sponsor

    An institution that has helped Fayette County’s poor for nearly two decades is about to disappear unless a new sponsoring agency is found.
    Nice Twice, a resale store located at 418 W. Gallatin in Vandalia, will close within a month if some group doesn’t step in, according to store manager Joan Shafer-Siebert.

  • Minister's Forum

    If you are reading this article, it means one of two things:  Either you were overlooked in the most recent prediction of the “rapture,” or yet another self professed prophet of God has given us yet another bogus date on when the end of the world will take place.

  • Senior Spotlight: Audra Donaldson

    Two surgeries early in her high school career were not enough to make Audra Donaldson quit playing softball.

    A condition in the recently-graduated Vandalia athlete’s feet left her with tendons that were too short, and she first had surgery to correct them after her freshman year.

    That surgery, which included cutting out the tendons, stretching them out and replacing them, did not fix the problem, and Donaldson was back under the knife after her sophomore year.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game in 'rebuilding' year

    LEBANON – Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes spilled plenty of appreciation for his nine-person team after the Lady Aces lost to Calhoun, 5-4, on Monday.

    “This was the hardest year of coaching,” Barnes said. “I had nine kids, who could take advantage of their coach anytime they wanted, as far as, ‘I don’t have to listen or do what you say, because you barely have enough (players).’

    “That didn’t happen, and that’s the type of kids we have.”

  • Austin, Bell fail to make finals at state

    Through rainy conditions, the Illinois High School Association state meet went on as scheduled, with preliminaries last Thursday.

    Two Vandalia athletes – senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin – battled through those conditions, and while neither made the finals, both bettered their qualifying marks.

    “I think the goal was for them to run a personal best, and their personal best would re-set the school record,” said coach Jane Bell. “It was a little disappointing that the weather prevented them from doing that.