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Today's News

  • Bell scores 20 as Vandals win first game

    EFFINGHAM – After falling behind 10-0 to Charleston in the opening minutes of the first game of St. Anthony's Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, the Vandalia High School boys basketball team  used a barrage of 3-pointers by seniors Daniel Bell and Marty Johnson to take a halftime lead and, eventually, the game, 52-48.

    Bell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, including three in the first quarter, and Johnson added two 3-pointers in the first half. Bell scored a team-high 20 points, while Johnson added 11.

  • In wake of tragedy, Vandals band together for victory

    In a game that was almost canceled after the tragic death of a sophomore student last Tuesday, the Vandalia High School girls basketball team provided students a few hours of distraction on Friday by dismantling Roxana, 54-33, in its season-opener.

    Discussion of calling off the game had been ongoing since Wednesday, but players came to coach Michelle McNary and insisted the game be played in Tammy Vosholler’s honor.

  • Questions arise in South Central Conference re-alignment

    The Nokomis High School Board determined after “heated and emotional debate” and by a 4-3 vote at a special meeting Monday night that its sports teams will not join the South Central Conference.

    Nokomis was scheduled to join the SCC in all sports, starting during the 2012-13 school year, but after the other SCC schools denied Nokomis’ request to join the conference in all sports except football, it began considering other options.

  • Remembering Loved Ones

    The Fayette County Health Department Hospice held its fourth annual Community Memorial Service on Sunday at First Church of God in rural Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Air So Brisky Makes the Critters Frisky
    One really cool morning this week, we looked out the window to see Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, briskly running up and down and around his pen, and kicking up his heels so high his front feet also left the ground.
    He has also been playing a lot with his big blue barrel. He was bucking and twisting as if he was in a rodeo. Every once in a while, he would stop and look toward the kitchen window as if to see if we were watching, which we were and enjoying the show very much.

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Births

    Colin Jeffrey Choisser
    Jeff and Amber Choisser of Valmeyer are the parents of a boy born at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at St. John’s Mercy, St. Louis, Mo.
    He weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He was named Colin Jeffrey.
    Grandparents are Carl and Shelia Connell of Flora, Gary and Beth Emerick of Vandalia, and Dale and Vickie Choisser of Tennessee.
    Great-grandparents are Betty Barnett of Eldorado, Ann Emerick of Vandalia, and Elsie Hinkle, and Hunter and Rajean Connell, all of Flora.

  • Large Produce

    Dale Harbison of rural Vandalia and his granddaughter, Haley Smith, display three large turnips they grew this year.

  • Keppler – DeClerck

    Molly DeClerck and Kyle Keppler were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 2010, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia.
    The bride is the daughter of Becky DeClerck of Vandalia and Steve DeClerck of Pana.
    The groom is the son of Kevin and Shelly Keppler of Vandalia.
    The bride chose Abby Bayles, sister of the bride, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Morgan Cripe, niece; Lindsay Lash, sister of the groom; and Katie Stanley, friend of the bride.