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Today's News

  • The town of Bob Doane now only a memory

    In 1941, the seventh-grade pupils of Beecher City School undertook a project to record the history of the once-flourishing village of Bob Doane, located in the southwest corner of Section 25 in Loudon Township.
    To do this, they visited with some of the older residents, including, Arizona Lockard,  80; Julian Buzzard, 84; E.E. Wood, 71; D.B. Buzzard; Johnny Alsop and Rose Phillips.

  • Vandalia girls open season on Friday

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team will start its season on Friday night against Roxana. The game will tip at 6 p.m.

    The Vandals finished last season with a 5-21 record, but one of those wins was a 55-47 victory against Roxana in the season-opener.

    In that game, Amber Bruno scored 22 points, Haley Wollerman scored 15 points and Hannah Edwards scored 14 points. Those three players all return this season in hopes of improving the team’s win total
    to the 12-15 range.

  • School responds well to tragedy

    Dealing with the tragic death of a student is perhaps one of the toughest jobs teachers and school administrators have to handle. And one of the most important.
    It’s a time when students are most vulnerable, most in need of adult support to sort out their emotions.

  • Smith hands out volleyball awards

    The Vandalia High School volleyball team held its award banquet on Monday. Award winners were, in front, from left: Austyn Krueger, Newcomer of the Year; Ellie Ehrat, Leadership/Spirit Award; Haley Wollerman, Co-MVP, Most Aces, Most Assists and Best Serving Percentage; and Whitney Schaal, Defense Award and Coaches Award. In back are: Taylor Parrish, Co-MVP and Best Hitting Percentage; Sierah Ruffner, Most Improved; Holly Goldsmith, Co-MVP, Most Kills and Most Blocks; Megan Shreve, Coaches Award; and Amy Walton, Coaches Award.

  • Seventh-graders almost win share of Mid-State Conference championship

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade girls basketball team came within a point of sharing the Mid-State Conference championship with Hillsboro after falling to the Dragons last week, 27-26.

    “It was a high-competition game,” said coach Dana Kirk. “I think everyone who was there would agree that if you looked out there and didn’t know they were seventh-graders, you wouldn’t think they were seventh-graders.”

  • Vandalia eighth-graders get first wins

    It was a long 16 games for coach Todd Marquardt and the Vandalia Junior High eighth-grade basketball team.

    But once the final seconds ticked off in the team’s first win of the season against Stew-Stras last Friday, Marquardt said the 26-16 score gave the team the confidence it had needed to find.

    “That validates what they’re doing,” Marquardt said. “It shows the girls that when we get against a team that is similar to us, if we can do some things right, we can come out with a win.”

  • VCHS hosts Red/White Night

    Vandalia Community High School celebrated its alumni and the upcoming high school basketball season on Saturday during Red/White.

  • CEFS Elects Board Officers

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. Board of Directors recently elected officers for the fiscal year beginning on Sept. 1. In front, from left to right, are: Jean Finley of Ramsey, chairperson; and Amanda Watson of Beecher City, secretary. In back are: Joan Lawrence of Taylorville, first vice chairperson; Jesse James of Flora, second vice chairperson; and Pat Green of Effingham, treasurer.

  • SCIRPDC gets grant to help small businesses

    In an effort to combat the region's high unemployment rate, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $300,000 and a $25,000 grant to the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has announced.
    "The loan will capitalize a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund accessible to rural small businesses, called microenterprises in this program," Shimkus said.
    "The grant will be used to provide technical assistance and training."

  • 'Seasons of Caring'

    Hospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that the Fayette County Health Department Hospice is sharing with the community during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
    However, this important message lasts beyond the month of November and is important year-round.
    Every November, hospices across the country reach out to raise awareness of the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families copmg with serious and life-limiting illness.