Today's News

  • BHS Prom

    Matthew Sefton and Shelby Rine (first photo) were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom on Saturday evening.

    The prom court is in the second photo. From left to right are junior marshals Dustin Lawlso and Dani Austin; Austin Hunter and Ashton Smith; Sefton and Rine, flanked by crown bearer Colter White and Abby Portner; India Sidwell and Tyler Feezel; and Sarah Swain and Shane Sefton. Photos provided by Brownstown teacher Sandra Stine.  

  • VES Fun Fair
  • College News

    Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
    Newly installed Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe will oversee her first spring commencement this Friday and Saturday.
    Ceremonies for the 1,886 eligible graduates will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the Vadalabene Center on campus.
    The festivities begin Friday night with the Graduate School, School of Business and School of Nursing students receiving their degrees.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Small engine repair class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a small engine repair class to be held at the Okaw Area Vocational Center in Vandalia.
    This class will be held Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m.-noon. The registration number for the class is COED 8015 VA01W.
    This course will help prepare small engines for the warm weather. The class will teach basic maintenance, preventive maintenance and troubleshooting, starting with preventive maintenance of a small engine and then going into troubleshooting and repairing.

  • VCHS Prom

    Jeff Lucken and Emilie Britt (first photo) were crowned king and queen at the Vandalia Community High School prom on Saturday evening.

    The prom court is in the second photo. From left to right are Megan Masters and Wade Cowger, Haley Cothern and Michael Wells, Lucken and Britt, Lisa Sarchet and Ryan Ambuehl, and 2012 king and queen Dathan Berning and Samantha Green.

  • Maxey president of St. Elmo board

    Kevin Maxey was elected president of the St. Elmo Board of Education as the board reorganized last Monday.
    Chad Wilhour was elected vice president of the board, Andra Carson was elected secretary, and Marcia Heckert was appointed as district treasurer.
    During the meeting, Superintendent Deb Philpot reported that the Altamont district has approached the St. Elmo district about initiating consolidation discussions. The board agreed to meet with Altamont representatives to discuss the topic.

  • 'Drive One for Your School' in Farina

    South Central High School is joining with Engel Brothers Ford in Farina for "Drive One for Your School" this Saturday.
    From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., each person test-driving a Ford at the dealership will raise money for the school.
    For more information, call 245-6686.

  • Murrell performs in UE opera

    Ian Murrell of Vandalia was among the students at the University of Evansville who presented the opera "The Magic Flute" last month.
    Murrell, who is majoring in music performance, performed in the role of Papageno.
    Dialogue for the opera was spoken in English and sung in German (and translated for the audience).

  • Regional seeds and schedules released

    The Illinois High School Association has released the seeds and schedules for this season's baseball and softball regional tournaments.

    Games featuring local teams are listed below.


    Class 2A
    Vandalia Regional
    Monday, May 13
    Play-in game
    (5) Vandalia at (4) Carlinville, 4:30 p.m.

  • MAPS Students at Art Show

    The students of Mid-America Prepatory School in Herrick pictured above participated in the Fayette County Art Show at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia.

    In front, from left to right, are Macey Heselton, Bailey Prosser, Victoria Miller, Chloe Bain and Chloe Wehrle. In back are Monica Mosley, Kaitlyn Allen, Tiana Cox, Alexis Gillespey, Miranda Lawinger and art instructor Lisa Bain.