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Today's News

  • St. Elmo avenges last week's loss to Windsor

    St. Elmo was able to get a little sweet revenge on Monday night in the first round of the NTC tournament. Last Tuesday, the Eagles lost a close game to Windsor, 71-67, but Monday night, it was St. Elmo that came out on top, as they beat the Blue Devils, 64-48.

    St. Elmo was led by Zeke Asher’s 25 points. The senior drained four threes in the victory.

    The rematch was close in the first two quarters, as the Eagles and Blue Devils went into the locker room knotted up at 24-24.

  • Census promotion gets under way

    They may have been worried that filling out the form would mean providing information that could lead to identity theft. They may have not understood that their participation would mean more dollars for their local city and schools.

    Whatever the reason, about one-third of St. Elmo’s residents chose not to participate in the 2000 Census.

    And area officials want to see that that doesn’t happen again. In fact, those in St. Elmo are a little ahead of the game this time.

  • Wayne Hale has lived a 'magical' 90 years

    Wayne Hale has led a varied, interesting and “magical” 90 years of life, and is still giving of his talents, encouraged by his wife, Lida, who has been a full-fledged, supportive partner since the day the self-confident young man asked her to roller skate with him.

    Wayne is well-known for his skill as a magician, entertaining young and old, both locally and in other areas.

  • Important issues in next Tuesday's election

    Don’t let the fact that all county officer and county board candidates are running unopposed keep you from going to your polling place next Tuesday.

    For example, you can be a vital part of the process in deciding who will be on the ballot in the gubernatorial race – and in all statewide officer races – in the general election. The same is true for the state representative and state senator races in November.

  • Family documents found in deed box

    My job that day was to clean shelves in my office. Among and amidst the papers, boxes and books, was a slim black metal deed box.

    I carried the box to the kitchen table, and with slight pressure, opened the lid. The 5-inch-by-10 l/2-inch box had last been the property of an uncle, Renatus (Noddy) Torbeck of St. Paul. It was given to me some years back by my cousin, Leila Dippold, who co-administered his estate.

  • FCH, operator OK amendment to operating agreement

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board and the company that has operated the local hospital for the past five years on Monday hammered out an amendment to the management agreement between the two entities.

    In that new agreement – termed the “first amendment to the use, operating and management agreement” – Heartland Health System Inc. agreed to share more financial information with the board, and the board was given the option to terminate the relationship between the two after giving Heartland a six-month notice.

  • Former St. Elmo superintendent dies

    James Smith, a long-time superintendent of the St. Elmo School District, died Monday afternoon at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Mr. Smith, who was honored in 2009 as St. Elmo's Citizen of the Year, was St. Elmo's superintendent from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was a member and past president of the St. Elmo Lions Club and was involved in many community organizations and projects in St. Elmo over the past 45 years.

    His obituary is in our Obituaries section on this Web site.

  • The drought is over

    Entering Thursday  night's game, the Lady Vandals sat at 1-17, as the basketball season headed into the final weeks before the regional. Vandalia needed to make a run soon, and it took the first step toward that with back-to-back wins at the Sandoval Invitational  

    Following a 32-point loss to Cowden-Herrick to open the tournament, Vandalia beat Webber Township, 54-35, and Wayne City, 47-41, to get its first wins since a season-opening victory against Roxana.

  • Vandals knock off Greenville again, move to 5-0 in conference play

    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Vandalia boys basketball team. In the Vandals' last six games, they’ve gone 1-5, with all five losses coming by six or less points. Despite the run of close losses, Vandalia was still sitting pretty in the South Central Conference at 4-0.

    Needless to say, Friday’s game against Greenville would be a big win, not just for the rivalry and conference standings, but because Vandalia need a win, badly.

  • Wrestling gathers momentum with wins

    Vandalia’s wrestling squad has been somewhat of a gathering storm in recent weeks, as the end of the season creeps nearer, as coach Jason Clay works to get all of the weight classes settled out.

    The Vandals hosted a quad that included Monticello, Murphysboro and Alton on Saturday morning.

    "It was a good day," Clay said. "The kids really wrestled tough. I saw a lot of things we've been working on in practice, which is really encouraging."

    Vandalia 59

    Murphysboro 21