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Today's News

  • St. Elmo wins EIC Tournament; places fourth in NTC

    The St. Elmo High School softball team came-from-behind to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    Facing a 7-0 deficit after  2 1/2 innings against Mulberry Grove, the Lady Eagles used a two-run home run from senior Brooke Maxey, who was named a co-MVP of the EIC, and back-to-back-to-back RBI hits to score five times in the bottom of the third to change the game's complexion.

    The Lady Aces would again take a lead, however, scoring once in each the fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-5 advantage.

  • Birthdays

    Priscilla McDowell
    Priscilla McDowell of Bingham will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Fillmore Lake.


    She requests no gifts. Cards may be sent to her at: RR 1, Box 79, Bingham, Ill. 62011.

  • Births

    Heavyn Lee Ray Johnson
    Jason and Sarah Johnson of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 8:14 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Morris Hospital in Morris.

  • Austin, Bell get wins at conference meet

    GREENVILLE – Senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin both won individual events at the South Central Conference Championships on Tuesday, helping the Vandals place fifth as a team.

    For Austin, getting to the 300-meter hurdles may have been more of a challenge than actually winning the race.

    In the 110-meter hurdles, the runner in the lane next him inadvertently knocked a hurdle into Austin's lane, making him stumble and finish last.

  • Engagement

    Stacy Wasser and Perry Edmonds, both of South Carolina, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Natasha Barker and Justin Elmore have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Lady Vandals battling through a rough patch

    Already mired in a slump, the Lady Vandals received no favors on Monday when they faced Marquette Catholic and standout left-handed pitcher Alexis Silkwood.

    She did what she does, striking out 14 Lady Vandals during a 7-1 Marquette win, which pushed Vandalia’s losing skid to four games.

    Coach Brian Buscher said Silkwood was easily the best pitcher Vandalia has faced all season, but he was very glad to see his team produce a run.

  • Wedding

    Jolene Poore and Kyle Schappachar were united in marriage on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Christ Lutheran Vail, Tucson, Ariz., with the Rev. David Hook officiating the ceremony.


    The bride is the daughter of Margaret Poore of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    The groom is the son of Johnnie and Ruth Ann Schappachar of Tucson. Grandparents are Floyd and Mildred Meseke of Vandalia.
    The couple lives in Canada.

  • Mahon racking up wins, saves for SEMO in '11

    Seven and closing.

    St. Elmo grad Logan Mahon, a Southeast Missouri State University pitcher, recorded his seventh save as well as his fifth win of the season over the past 10 days.

    With the most recent save, Mahon moved into third on the SEMO list for saves in a single season. In a 5-4 triumph against Murray State, Mahon, who allowed one hit in two innings of work, walked three batters. He is one save away from being tied for second, and only four saves from the all-time record in a season.

  • Anniversary

    Gene and Carolee Boggs of Brownstown will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday in the basement of the Vandalia Eagles Club.