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Today's News

  • Plans 'to give you a future and a hope'

    With a theme Bible verse taken from Jeremiah 29:11, the baccalaureate program last Wednesday at Vandalia Community High School included several references to the past, present and future.

  • Church Briefs

    Vacation Bible School set at St. James

    Vacation Bible School is being held this Wednesday through Friday from 6-8 p.m. daily at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
    The VBS program is open to all children, ages 3-12. On Wednesday, participants will be planting a garden. On Thursday, they will have relays. The VBS will conclude with a family night cookout on Friday. Participants in the cookout are asked to take a hot dog fork, a side dish to share and a lawn chair.
    The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. Telephone: 283-0725.

  • Minister's Forum

    “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?” (Romans 3:3).
    God is faithful. That means God does not change … neither does his word, and neither do his promises to you.

  • Birth

    Kolton Lee Schaefer
    Jennifer and Ryan Schaefer of rural Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 8:01 a.m. on March 20, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Kolton Lee. He has a brother, Kaden, age 16 months.
    Grandparents are Kenneth and Kathy Bogart of rural Brownstown, and Evan Schaefer, and Matt and Amy Jones of Beecher City.

  • Birthday

    Jennie Alice Harner
    An open house reception for Jennie Alice (Logue) Harner on her 95th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown.

  • In Uniform

    PFC Victoria Ragel
    Marine Corps Pfc. Victoria L. Ragel, daughter of Holly B. Norris of Vandalia, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
    Ragel and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics.

  • VFW Patriotic Art Contest Winners

    The Vandalia Community High School winners in the VFW Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest are shown with VFW officials.

  • Engagement

    Katy Heckert of St. Elmo and Andrew Noble of Franklin, Ohio, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Dean Black of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • South Central scatters hits to win sectional semifinal game

    EFFINGHAM - South Central scattered 13 hits to all parts of the field and got a strong pitching performance from senior Colby Bushue to beat Windsor, 11-2, in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday, giving the Cougars a spot in Saturday's 10 a.m. sectional championship game against St. Anthony.

    The title game will be played at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham. Earlier in the spring, South Central lost to St. Anthony, 6-5.