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Today's News

  • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants

    Twenty-four members and three guests traveled to Litchfield to the Chinatown Restaurant for the monthly ExxonMobil Annuitants luncheon and meeting on Thursday, April 28.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black, opened the meeting with a welcome to all present, especially those who had not attended for sometime due to various reasons.
    Guests present were Stacey Langston, and Kenneth and Angela Hagen. The secretary/treasurer report was given, and approved as read.

  • Schroeder selected for Boys State

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia has selected Christian Schroeder, a junior Vandalia Community High School, to attend Illinois 76th annual session of Boys State.

  • Wedding

    Rachel Barnes of Fullerton, Calif. and David Peddie of lrvine, Calif., were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Newport Beach, Calif., at St. James Church.

  • VCHS to offer summer school

    Vandalia Community High School will be offering summer school in the subjects of math (algebra 1B and algebra) and English (English 1 and English 2) for VCH students. Students who have failed second semester of English or math are required to attend. Students who have failed the whole year of math or English will need to repeat the class in its entirety during the 2011-12 school year,
    Summer school will begin on Monday, June 6, and the last day of attendance will be

  • News Briefs-May 25, 2011

    Relay horseshoe tourney is May 28

    The Miller Brothers Construction Relay for Life team will hold a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Eric Miller's residence.
    The entry fee is $20, and trophies will be given for the first three places.
    The tournament will feature a raffle drawing for various items, a 50/50 drawing and a food stand. For more information, contact Eric Miller at 846-2861.

    Relay for Life ribbons available

  • UPDATE-3 p.m. Wednesday - Murder trial postponed

    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon, the jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murder was postponed.

    A new date for the trial for Clifford Baker will be among the matters to be discussed at a hearing next Tuesday morning.

    The trial for Baker, a 16-year-old charged with fatally shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010, was set to begin with jury selection on Tuesday.

  • Twice as nice: Vandalia's Bell, Austin each qualify for state meet in two events

    NEWTON – It’s a good thing there are do-overs in life or Daniel Bell might not be going to the state meet to throw discus on Thursday.

    “And in first place, Danielle … (pause) … Daniel Bell of Vandalia,” echoed from the public address system at Newton after the discus throw at last Friday’s sectional meet.

    Bell, who at the time, with arms raised, was basking in the moment of hearing his name called as a state qualifier for the first time, cracked a smile when his name was botched.

  • Senior Spotlight: Cody Allen

    NEWTON – Just 2 1/2 hours before his high school graduation ceremony, Patoka senior Cody Allen was more than an hour from town facing a more intimidating obstacle.

    It was a high jump bar.

    With just a handful of jumpers left in the event at the Illinois High School Association sectional meet in Newton, Allen showed signs of nerves while waiting for his turn to try to clear 6 feet, which was his personal best.

  • Lady Aces slowly build lead to win regionals

    MULBERRY GROVE – It wasn’t the desired approach, but the nine-person Mulberry Grove High School softball team scored in all but one inning to slowly pile up a lead against Ramsey to win its fourth regional championship in six years on Saturday.

    Coach John Barnes said he wanted his team to score a lot of runs early in the game, but the Lady Aces instead used consistent hitting and stellar pitching through the middle innings to wear down Ramsey during a 9-4 victory.

  • South Central gets thumped during regional title game

    KINMUNDY – A solo home run from junior Larry Schoreck was all South Central needed to win what was a pitcher’s duel in a regional semifinal game against St. Elmo last Wednesday.

    The Cougars came away with the 1-0 win after senior Derek Harmeier and junior Colby Bushue combined to hold the Eagles to just two hits and one walk.

    South Central was unable to secure its sixth straight regional championship on Saturday, however, falling to North Clay, 11-1.