Today's Features

  • “I traveled all over the world to get to Vandalia” were the words spoken by the Rev. Joshua Miller as he shared his story of his journey with the Lord, which led him to First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia.

  • The third kiosk placed in Fayette County by the National Road Association of Illinois bears the words “End Of The Road” and is located in Vandalia, about a block west of the Vandalia Statehouse and the silent, strong sentry of the Old National Road, the Madonna of the Trail.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    In the beginning, the Lord led Dale and Susan Worthington to have seven talented children, ages 6-17, who share His grace and love by playing music at His beck and call.  Their large van and covered trailer contains instruments, speakers, microphones, stands and, I bet, a mile of electrical cords.

  • The Historic National Road Association of Illinois has placed 20 attractive, commemorative Kiosks in 19 communities along the National Road, all containing interesting historical information about the villages and towns, and the road. Fayette County has three of them in St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia.

    Thursday, August 20
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • The St. Elmo Education Foundation will hold its annual meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the unit office. Directors and officers will be elected, and there will be discussion of fundraising activities and accomplishments.
    Monday, August 24
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday evening was 124.
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 85.  
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Larry Guerrettaz
    • Those with long-term health concerns
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Madison Lash
    -Dennis Lee
    -Carolyn Maske
    -Ed Morton

  • (Most) Homestead Critters
    Enjoying Lazy Summer Days
    Some of the barn critters are enjoying the summer days, namely Madricka, the mother donkey, and her young son, Buckwheat (aka baby Bucky).  
    They can often be seen stretched out in the sunshine, usually on their sides, soaking up the sunshine.

  • Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

    That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board is presenting a free seminar on awareness of the sordid practice of human trafficking – the bondage, bartering and selling of humans for profit.