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Today's News

  • Eagles defeat Cisne, lose to Nokomis

    Jacob Baron and Bryton Pruett combined for 28 points as St. Elmo/Brownstown defeated Cisne, 59-44, on Saturday.
    The Eagles led 16-10 after one quarter, but Cisne knotted the game at 26 by halftime.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown then outscored Cisne by three in the third quarter and sealed the win with an 18-6 advantage in the final quarter.
    St. Elmo/Brownstown – Baron 6 5-6 17; Pruett 3 2-2 11; Tish 3 0-0 9; McWhorter 3 1-2 8; Philpot 3 0-0 7; Goldsborough 1 0-0 3; Brooks 1 0-0 2; Himes 1 0-0 2; Klein 0 0-0 0.

  • Vandals fall to W-L at A&M Shootout

    Vandalia built up a six-point lead entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s contest against Warrensburg-Latham, but a late push by the Cardinals gave them a 79-75 win.

  • Wrestlers pick up three more dual victories

    The Vandalia wrestlers improved their dual team record to 11-3 last Thursday with three wins in a home match.

  • Recommendations on heating with wood

    University of Illinois Extension
    “Each fall and winter there are questions about using wood as a source for home heating, especially when trying to save on energy consumption”, John Church, University of Illinois Extension educator in natural resources at Rockford, said.
    Before using wood as a source of heat, first consider necessary safety precautions and proper equipment maintenance to avoid fires and chimney problems.

  • Master Gardener application deadline is Jan. 4

    For the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program, the past four decades can be measured by the millions of volunteer hours given to help bring horticultural help to communities across the state.
    This year marks the 48th anniversary of the Illinois Master Gardener program. With more than 3,000 members today, Illinois Master Gardeners have given more than 2,309,348 volunteer hours, a value of over $46 million, to the state.

  • Child restraint law changes on Jan. 1

    Illinois State Police has announced changes to the Child Passenger Protection Act, which will become effective next Tuesday.
    Effective Jan. 1, all motorists traveling on Illinois roadways will be required to secure children under the age of 2 years old in a rear-facing child restraint system. This is done with the hope that the change in law will reduce infant injuries and fatalities if they are involved in a traffic crash.
    HB4377 provides the following:

  • VPD Shop with a Cop
  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Charles E. Horn Sr., 52, 615 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 23 on a charge of disorderly conduct. He was released at the order of a judge.
    • Larteno Bonds, 37, Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested on Dec. 23 on charges of speeding and driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Randy J. Allen, 24, 862 E. 3250 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Dec. 23 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $175 cash.

  • School levy gives taxpayers an option

    The Vandalia School District is giving taxpayers in the district a choice – approve an increase in the local sales tax or handle an increase in property taxes.
    After recommending passage of a lower tax levy last month, the Vandalia Board of Education approved such a levy last week.
    The new tax levy has an aggregate total of $4,473,757, which is lower than the previous levy by $87,292.
    “The levy is a total decrease of 1.42 percent,” Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Garrison said prior to the board’s vote.

  • Onto the next career step

    The person in his first year as principal of South Central High School is not an unfamiliar face in the hallways, classrooms or basketball court.