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Today's News

  • Birth

    Kolton Lee Schaefer
    Jennifer and Ryan Schaefer of rural Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 8:01 a.m. on March 20, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Kolton Lee. He has a brother, Kaden, age 16 months.
    Grandparents are Kenneth and Kathy Bogart of rural Brownstown, and Evan Schaefer, and Matt and Amy Jones of Beecher City.

  • Birthday

    Jennie Alice Harner
    An open house reception for Jennie Alice (Logue) Harner on her 95th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown.

  • In Uniform

    PFC Victoria Ragel
    Marine Corps Pfc. Victoria L. Ragel, daughter of Holly B. Norris of Vandalia, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
    Ragel and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics.

  • VFW Patriotic Art Contest Winners

    The Vandalia Community High School winners in the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are shown with VFW officials.

  • Engagement

    Katy Heckert of St. Elmo and Andrew Noble of Franklin, Ohio, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Dean Black of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • South Central scatters hits to win sectional semifinal game

    EFFINGHAM - South Central scattered 13 hits to all parts of the field and got a strong pitching performance from senior Colby Bushue to beat Windsor, 11-2, in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday, giving the Cougars a spot in Saturday's 10 a.m. sectional championship game against St. Anthony.

    The title game will be played at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham. Earlier in the spring, South Central lost to St. Anthony, 6-5.

  • Anniversary

    Leon and Linda Lawler of rural Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    Leon and the former Linda Washburn were married at Haley Chapel Church in Bluff City.

  • Family honors Calvert on 80th birthday

    Happy Birthday to Ralph Calvert, a local icon, who spent years catering to the Vandalia, Fillmore and Hillsboro public through culinary skills; his

    creativity measured by the taste buds of regulars, occasional fare seekers and travelers alike.

    80 years ago, Ralph¹s parents might have guessed that he would be so successful and cherished by so many; leaving a lasting legacy of lineage spread across thousands of miles, two continents and five states.

  • Blankenship tosses no-hitter to help Mulberry Grove make sectional final

    Mulberry Grove senior Megan Blankenship threw a no-hitter against Altamont in the semifinals of the Woodlawn Sectional to give the Lady Aces a 7-1 victory and a spot in Saturday's 11 a.m. sectional final.

    Blankenship was not overpowering, striking out just two, but Altamont was only able to bring across an unearned run in the seventh inning.

    Senior Harley Tompkins led the Lady Aces, with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs.

    The Lady Aces will face Woodlawn the finals.