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Today's Features

  • Carol Reuscher of Vandalia and Kyle McCollum of Charleston have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • VBS registration begins in Brownstown
    Brownstown First Christian Church will host a Vacation Bible School Registration Carnival Kick-Off on Sunday, June 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Brownstown Park.
    There will be games, prizes, food, big blow-up toys and more. Kids, age 2 through eighth grade, are welcome to participate and to register for a whole week of Vacation Bible School.
    The theme for this year's week will be: “Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street; Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day.”

  • By Pat Rhodes
    We were excited to see the sun shining on Monday as we arrived at the First United Methodist Church for Evergreen Outreach. The warmth from the sun was delightful, despite the cool breeze. We have experienced such a variety of temperature highs and lows here lately. You know what they say about Illinois, “If you don’t like the weather today, stick around, it will change tomorrow.”

  • Carl Burval, executive director of the Association of Christian Truckers, will oversee a Trucker Jamboree this Thursday through Sunday at the Road Angel Center at the Brownstown interchange of Interstate 70.

  • Floods are definitely on our minds these days. The town branch has swollen to very high levels. The Mississippi is near record levels. There are plenty of news reports of people losing their homes and property, and many fields and farms are under water waiting for drier days.

  • Two ambassadors of good will and warm, fuzzy feelings are on duty four to five days a week at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in St. Elmo.

  • A Homestead Mother’s Day – Great!
    Mother’s Day began early when Bill brought in a bouquet of beautiful pink roses and a pretty sentimental card…plus a package of cream horn pastries!

  • Attend Concert
    Belinda Harpster and Sue Urban of St. Peter and Andria Urban of Centralia attended the Jimmy Buffett concert in St. Charles, Mo., on Tuesday night.  On Wednesday, they visited The Hill in St. Louis and enjoyed Italian food and shopping.  
    Mother’s Day News
    Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter attended church at St. Peter’s Lutheran and then enjoyed a Mother’s Day dinner at the home of John and Connie Cavaletto of Salem, where they were joined by daughter, Andria.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 11
    • Kid’s Klub Fun Fair, 6-8 p.m. in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. for games, inflatables, crafts and food. This will be the last Kid’s Klub activity until school starts this fall. Kids third grade and under must be accompanied by an adult (high school or older). Vans will not run.

  • Judge S. Gene Schwarm welcomed participants in last Wednesday's prayer event outside the Fayette County Courthouse.

    The early morning gathering was part of the local "week of prayer" activities at various locations around Vandalia – including Vandalia City Hall, Vandalia Community High School. The weeklong observance culminated with a prayer breakfast on Thursday – the national day of prayer – at Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.