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Today's News

  • St. Elmo tourney begins next Tuesday

    The 55th Annual St. Elmo Holiday Boys Basketball Tournament will begin Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    St. Elmo Holiday Tournament
    Tuesday, Dec. 16
    St. Elmo/Brownstown vs. Ramsey, 6:15 p.m.
    Cowden-Herrick vs. Beecher City, 7:45 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 17
    Altamont vs. South Central, 6:15 p.m.
    Okaw Valley vs. Mulberry Grove, 7:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 18
    Loser game 1 vs. Loser game 2, 6:15 p.m.
    Winner game 1 vs. Winner game 2, 7:45 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 19
    Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 6:15 p.m.

  • Vandals win Civic Memorial Tournament

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team won the Civic Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

    Vandalia had four individual champions at the event — Chaston Womack, Ryne Lipsey, Dalton Blankenship and Jake Stewart.
    Blankenship was named the tourney's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
    The Vandals also had two second-place finishers in Kolton Etcheson and Kendrick Woolsey.
    Look for more in the print edition.

  • Lady Vandals cruise past Gillespie

    Vandalia's girls cruised past Gillespie, 52-40, on Thursday night.

    The Lady Vandals (4-2) are at Piasa Southwestern on Saturday. The JV game starts at 1 p.m.

     

  • Wrestling team begins 2014-15 season

    VANDALIA — The odds were stacked against the Vandalia Vandals before Tuesday's season-opening wrestling dual even began.
    For starters, two returning state-qualifiers were unavailable to compete for the Vandals. That meant some athletes would be wrestling in higher weight classes against bigger opponents.
    Two open weights also hurt the hosts, as well, as the Vandals gave up 12 points to forfeits.
    That's not all. The Class 1A Vandals were also hosting a solid Class 3A program.

  • State qualifiers will lead Vandals

    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team returns a solid core.
    The Vandals have regional champions, sectional medalists and state qualifiers up and down the lineup. In fact, Vandals Coach Jason Clay has five returning state qualifiers on the roster in 2014-15.
    All five are expected to lead the way for the Vandals this season.
    Let's take a quick look at each of Vandalia's returning state qualifiers.

    Trevor Philpot
    A sophomore, Philpot advanced to state at 106 pounds last year.

  • Birth

    Seiley Suzanne Hortenstine
    Ben and Dana Hortenstine of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 7:04 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

    Seiley Suzanne weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Harold and Janet Smedley of Pana, and Marc and Diane Hortenstine of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Carolyn Hortenstine of Ramsey and the late Dan Hortenstine, the late Ben and Hester Allen, the late Arthur and Dorothy Smedley, and the late John and Millie Thull.

  • Donations to Shriners' Hospitals

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and ABATE Chapter 27 ($4,800) and JK Builders ($1,000) recently made donations to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

    The ABATE chapter also donated a box of shirts for children in the hospitals. In front are Jim Pryor and Terri VanHuss of ABATE, Ron Rauch of the Old National Trail Shrine Club and Kathlynn Max of J&K Builders. In back are Mick Eddington and Eric Ward of ABATE, Carl Hall of Shriners Hospitals, Bob White of ABATE and Jeremy Marx of JK Builders.

  • Taylor - 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor of rural Shobonier were honored at a reception on Saturday as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

  • Church Briefs

    Northside Christian adds service
    Due to increased attendance, Northside Christian Church in Vandalia will begin holding an additional Sunday morning service on Dec. 7.
    The new service times are 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
    Northside Christian offers a blend of traditional and contemporary music in a casual atmosphere. For more information, call 283-1970.

    Methodist Christmas cantata is Sunday

  • Operation Christmas Child

    This year's Operation Christmas Child netted 2,322 shoe boxes of Christmas items. Last week, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Vandalia Community High School loaded the boxes into a trailer for transport.

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia served as the relay center of Fayette and Montgomery counties. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that used gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.