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Today's News

  • Printery is Vandalia's oldest building

    Perched on the hill above the NAPA store on Jefferson Street stands the oldest building in Vandalia.
    Few who pass by the dwelling, built about 1824 for Robert Blackwell, have any idea of the history of the building or the importance it played in Illinois’ history.

  • Remember those who sacrificed

    Next Monday, America will pause to say thanks to the tens of thousands of our fellow citizens who have sacrificed to protect our nation.
    As we observe Memorial Day, there will be services at several area cemeteries, at parks or at the headquarters of various military veteran groups.

  • CMN Roadblock

  • United Fund Distribution

  • Hoffman expands counseling practice

    Beth Hoffman, a mental health therapist for Pathways Counseling in Vandalia, is now providing counseling in Salem and Effingham.
    Pathways Counseling, a ministry of Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services, provides clinical outpatient therapy grounded in Christian principles to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families.

  • Donation to Fireworks Fund

    Rube Yarbrough, representing Area 51 of the Licensed Beverage Association, donated $500 to the Vandalia Lions Club to help fund the organization's Fourth of July fireworks show (which will be presented on Tuesday, July 3). Accepting for the Lions is Dean Black.

  • New owners at the Grille

    Since her days as a waitress there, The Gallatin Street Grille has always been Angie Rhodes’ favorite place to eat. It also is near and dear to her heart because that’s where her husband, Rick, proposed to her

  • Brownstown students help Shriners Hospitals for Children

    BES students who
    collected tabs for
    Shriners Hospitals
    for Children

  • Frogtown News

    Serving in Africa
    Kristofer Reynolds left for Botswana, Africa, on Friday  and will return on May 26. This is to plan for his unit’s four-week annual training in July and August.
    While they are there, they will be building and repairing a road.
    Weekend Guests/Visitors
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    Certain Birds of a Feather…
    …seem to be returning, or at least some of them are.
    When I was a kid, seeing red-winged blackbirds was a common thing as we would be driving along the roads, but the last few years, we hadn’t been seeing them (although Dee Dee Diveley had mentioned she saw them in her neck of the woods).
    We had never seen them on the Homestead since we moved here, about 27 years ago. Then, in the last two weeks, we have seen them along our lane.