Today's News

  • Birthdays

    Chris Henry
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Chris Henry will be held Sunday afternoon at the Jaycees Pavilion in the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.
    Friends and family members are invited to stop by from 2-4 p.m.

    Bobbie Payne
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Bobbie Payne will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, May 27, in the Fellowship Hall at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Sloan Marie Durbin

    Sloan Marie Durbin
    Chris and Amanda Durbin of Fillmore are the parents of a girl born at 12:05 p.m. on March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Sefton HCE holds Mother's Day meeting

    Fifteen members were present for the May 9 Mother’s Day potluck and meeting of the Sefton HCE Unit. Chairman  Flo Allen welcomed those present, and Panzi Blackwell asked the blessing for the meal. Following the meal, Sally Behrends and her kitchen helper cleaned the area.

  • Cole-Kloss

    Kimberly Cole and Kyle Kloss, both of Pocahontas, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Vandals take second in final track meet

    The Vandals placed second out of four teams in a home meet last Thursday, posting three first-place finishes in the last regular meet of the season.

    Junior Colton Woolsey won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 40 feet, 11 inches, sophomore Ben Strobel won the 3,200-meter run in 10:02.3 and senior Wade Cowger won the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.3.

    Strobel’s time was just 1½ seconds away from setting a school record, and is under the automatic state-qualifying time.

  • Vandals nearly victorious on senior day

    VANDALIA – On a day to honor the team’s five seniors, the Vandals competed to the last at-bat, falling just a few inches short of a chance at victory.

    Senior Isaac Francis shot a line drive that was caught by Southwestern’s ranging shortstop to end the game and give the Birds a 3-2 South Central Conference victory.

  • Lady Aces knock off Ramsey for EIC title

    MULBERRY GROVE – For senior Becca Oldham, the last game on her home field was one she will never forget.

    Oldham blasted a pair of two-run home runs and pitched a two-hitter on Saturday to lead the Lady Aces to the championship of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament with an 11-0 win against Ramsey.

    Oldham rifled a line drive just over the right-field fence in the first inning, and hit a no-doubter to right-center to end the game by the mercy rule with two outs in the sixth inning.

  • Lady Aces to get rematch with Altamont after beating South Central in regional semifinals

    ST. ELMO – Mulberry Grove got the rematch it wanted.

    And South Central got a positive end to its season despite a loss.

    The Lady Cougars battled hard throughout Tuesday’s regional quarterfinal game against Mulberry Grove, but the Lady Aces proved a bit stronger in a 4-1 victory.

    The win sets up a rematch with Altamont in Friday’s regional championship game, and this time, Mulberry Grove hopes to be on the winning side.

  • Pair of small-school athletes make state

    Two local athletes have qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class A state track meet after placing at the Newton Sectional on Friday.

    St. Elmo junior Molly Hill became a three-time state qualifier in the discus throw, after advancing with a sectional-winning throw of 101 feet, 6 inches.

    She placed seventh in the state last season, with 116 feet, 2 inches. The top seed for state this season is 135 feet, 2 inches.

    The first of four flights of discus throws begins at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Lady Vandals get first regional win since '07, but fall to Carlyle in semis

    CARLYLE – After picking up their first regional tournament win since 2007 on Monday, the Lady Vandals were unable to get past the semifinals.

    Carlyle and starter Paige Rakers were too much for the Lady Vandals to handle, as Rakers used mixed speeds to strike out 14 batters and allow just one hit in a 5-0 win for Carlyle.

    “She did a nice job, and I think our girls were a little intimidated, especially after that first changeup,” Buscher said. “It was a rough day at the plate for us.”