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Today's News

  • Ask yourself: Is it a conviction, or just a preference?

    Paratrooper! There is something about that word that still excites me today. “Back in the day,” it meant being different from the rest of the Army. You were no longer just an ordinary “straight leg” soldier – you were a paratrooper! You wore highly shined jump boots with your Class “A” dress uniform.  You wore the highly coveted “silver jump wings” on your chest. And you wore the beret! Of course, now everyone in the Army wears a beret.

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, April 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

  • Three Generations of Masons

    The latest family to have three generations as members of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. is represented in this photo. From left to right are Fred Willms Sr., Nathan Willms and Fred Willms Jr.

  • Davis's phone call helps get Carrolls reunited

    After many years of being miles apart, a brother and his two sisters were recently reunited after a phone call made by Marie Davis of Vandalia.
    Charles Carroll, Brenda Carroll Davis and Retta Carroll Evans were reunited in West Frankfort at the home of Dean and Brenda Davis.
    On March 19, a retirement dinner was held at the Davis home to honor Brenda’s husband, Dean, who was to retire on April 1 from the Illinois Department of Corrections after 25 years.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, April 7 – Ham and beans, cole slaw, copper penny carrot salad, mandarin oranges w/bananas, two pieces of corn bread.
    Friday, April 8 – Tuna noodle casserole, lettuce salad w/tomatoes, three-bean salad, plums, biscuit.
    Monday, April 11 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, blushing pears, graham crackers, enriched bread.
    Tuesday, April 12 – Turkey tetrazzini, green peas, glazed carrots, Jello with fruit, wheat bread.  

  • Senior Spotlight: Kase the Krusher

    ST. ELMO – A grand slam earlier this season has already given St. Elmo senior Kase Stolte something from his senior year that he will always remember.

    “Me and Ben Sperry have a thing about who is leading the team in home runs, so it was a good feeling that I tied him and hit in three other guys,” Stolte said.

    Through Tuesday, they were still tied with two apiece.

    But, if it’s up to Stolte, the grand slam and contest will be just two of many memories created this season.

  • Smithson – Farmer

    Staci Smithson of Altamont and Obie Farmer Jr. of New Baden have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Ambuehl – 60 Years

    Herschel and Barbara Ambuehl of Farina will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children and grandchildren from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Farina United Methodist Church.

  • Lady Vandals top Teutopolis with Newsom's homer

    As Whitney Newsom led off the bottom of the seventh inning against Teutopolis last Thursday, Vandalia coach Brian Buscher was scrambling to find a pinch runner in the event Newsom got on base.

    “I sent (sophomore) Amber Bruno to get two JV girls, because I thought, ‘All right, she’s going to get a base hit, and I have to decide whether or not to sub in a runner,’” Buscher said.

    “I got Kylie Sellers to run for her and got Lauren Wasmuth to sub in to play third. I was stressing out about that.”