Today's News

  • Engineer: Buildings need to come down

    After the roof and third story of a building in downtown Vandalia collapsed early on Tuesday, a structural engineered offered the opinion that that building, and two others, should be demolished.

  • CEFS holds first-time homebuyer event

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp., an HUD-certified housing counseling agency, is sponsoring a first-time homebuyer informational workshop this Friday.
    The workshop, funded in part by State Farm Insurance, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. Individual sessions will start every 30 minutes; to register or obtain more information, call 283-2631.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Warren G. Jones, 21, Centralia, was arrested on Aug. 3 on charges of driving while his license is revoked, speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kenneth L. Ribble, 38, 318 N. Third St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Aug. 3 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $2,500.
    • Jesse D. Blades, 36, Apache Junction, Ariz., was arrested on Aug. 3 for failure to appear in court on a felony charge. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 6

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Structural engineer says 3 buildings not safe, will have to come down

    A structural engineer told city officials on Tuesday that the three buildings at the northwest corner of Gallatin and Fifth streets is not safe and will have to come down.

    But it will likely be some time before those three buildings will be demolished, due to legal issues, and until they can be torn down, the east half of the 500 block of Gallatin Street and north half of the 100 block of South Fifth Street will be blocked off.

  • Lesters at Mulberry Grove church Aug. 7

    The Lesters, often called St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music, will be in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at the First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove.
    There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received all for the Lester’s ministry.
    The concert is a special program sponsored by the Mulberry Grove Ministerial Alliance. The alliance tries to provide a gospel music program on the Friday before the Mulberry Grove Homecoming parade and picnic.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    Today, our thoughts are with Jesus, because he is the one who will miss us today. Since Evergreen Outreach is canceled, we must use our memories to be constantly refreshed by His love, compassion and mercy.
    He will miss our off key and out of tune singing. He will miss our frail bodies, trying to dance and be strong and beautiful. He will miss our short, stumbling prayers.
    In spite of all these failings he still loves us and encourages us to make forward progress and become closer to him.

  • CenterPointe Back to School Outreach is Sunday

    CenterPointe Church will hold a Back to School Outreach this Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
    The event will include music by “Broken Chains Band,” a bounce house, and free hot dogs, burgers and chips. Free, gently used clothes and free school supplies will be available.
    All clothing, school supplies and lunch will be provided following the morning service at the church, which is located in the former Rural King building at 1616 Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • MG church will celebrate 150th anniversary Aug. 9

    The First Church of Christ of Mulberry Grove will celebrate 150 years of service to the Kingdom of Christ, on Aug. 9, 2015.
    In 1865, as the contentious Civil War finished its furry and John Wilkes Booth took the life of a president from Illinois, people from the Bond County/Mulberry Grove area saw the birth of a new church, which lives yet today by the grace of God.
    Two special services will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9.

  • Don't worry – God is in control

    The following story is condensed from an article that appeared in Today’s Christian, “Not My Job” (July/August edition 2008).