Today's Features

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday at Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day.

    On Saturday, volunteers wil be accepting donations for the CMN. With Gottman are Franklin Terry III (center), an employee of Walmart and CMN volunteer, and his wife Jaynie, also a CMN volunteer.

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 31, as Save Our Children Day.

    Save Our Children is a national drive for the United Pentecostal Church International Sunday School Division. With Gottman is Sally Emerick, Sunday school coordinator at First United Pentecostal Church in Vandalia.

  • Cambree Danielle Stone
    Justin and Danielle Stone of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 9:12 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • The Rev. Peter and Kristie Kolb of Vandalia will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next week.

    They were married on June 11, 1994, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst, Texas, and they are the parents of eight children.
    The Kolbs will celebrate their anniversary with their family.

  • Longhorn Critters’ Radar?
    Looking out the door at the rain that was peppering down, I saw the longhorn cowgirls stop eating grass and begin to hurry toward their favorite port in a storm, a little grove of locust trees.

  • Graduation Party
    A graduation party was held at the home of Pastor and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter on Friday, May 30, honoring their daughter, Clara Emrick, who graduated from South Central High School. Those in attendance were: Bob and Joann Carpenter, Richard and Bonnie Lader, Anna and Chris Eveland, Joseph and Carissa Emrick, and Dane and Belinda Harpster.
    Visiting Parents
    Joseph and Carissa Emrick of Flaherty, Ky., spent a few days last week with his parents, Rev. and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter.

    Thursday, June 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Saturday, June 7

  • 'Sons of the Father' to perform Sunday

    A musical group from West Frankfort called "Sons of the Father" will present a concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.  

    Bethel Baptist VBS is set for June 9-13

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, at Bethel Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly.
    Parents' night will be on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

  • Monday was Memorial Day – a day off work for many and  no school for the kids. Even the YMCA was closed, so we all had an excuse to be lazy. And now that Memorial Day is over, our thoughts shift to the approaching summer.

  • Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia has chosen Ryan Fiscus, a junior at Vandalia Community High School, to attend Illinois’ annual Premier Boys State.