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Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College

    Beekeeping classes

    The Kaskaskia College Community Education Department is offering a series of beekeeping classes at the Salem Education Center and Vandalia Campus.
    Second in the series is honey production, which will teach students how to make the most of their hives. This course will cover honey and honeycomb production.
    Later classes in this series will include raising queens for your hive, and keeping a healthy and productive colony.

  • Church Briefs

    Northside Christian to start Bible study

    Northside Christian Church will start a new Bible study, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from  Ray Vander Laan’s “That the World May Know” lesson series.
    The title of this series is “God Heard Their Cry.” It illustrates how God hears and answers the cry of his persecuted people. It was filmed on location in the Middle East.
    The study will be held each Wednesday in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.

  • Jesus has a better way to overcome evil in world

    “Where was your Jesus-God when the crazed kid killed and wounded folks in Tucson?,” an angry and frustrated friend asked. “Couldn’t he have stopped such an evil act?”
    He was there, for sure! At the back of the crowd, weeping for God’s children who ignored him as he showed them his way, as they ignored Jesus’ presence in our lives (Matthew 23:37, 38).
    It was the same place the savior stood when you had an abortion, because you weren’t willing to have your life interrupted by a baby.

  • Celebrates 93rd Birthday

    Elaine Bost Froehly (center), a longtime Vandalia resident now living in Houston, Texas, was in Vandalia to celebrate her 93rd birthday. While here, she shared a birthday lunch with two friends, Genevive Diveley (left) and Adelaide Kelly (right), at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care. All three were classmates at Vandalia High School.

  • Card Shower-Doris Goatley

    Doris Goatley
    Doris Goatley of Decatur, and formerly of Vandalia, will celebrate her 80th birthday with a family gathering on Jan. 29.
    Cards may be sent to her at: Imboden Creek Gardens, 185 W. Imboden Drive, Apt. 214, Decatur, Ill. 62521.
     

  • Evans – Portz

    Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Olen and Deb Evans of rural Brownstown.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Brownstown High School and a 2006 graduate of Sparks College in Shelbyville. She is currently employed at Dr. Brian's Dossett's medical practice.
    The future groom is the son of David and Karen Portz of rural Brownstown.
    He is a 2008 graduate of Greenville College, and is currently employed at Windsor Elementary School.

  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27)
  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27)
  • Still rolling at 100

    For most of her 100 years, Farrell Gruenbaum has been an athlete.

  • Junior High sports briefs

    Eighth-grade boys regional schedule

    Area eighth-grade boys basketball teams will compete at the regional tournament next week.

    Third-seeded Vandalia received a bye in the first round and will face No. 2 Pana next Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at Central A&M.

    The winner of that game will likely face No. 1 Greenville on Thursday.

    Fourth-seeded St. Elmo faces No. 5 Beecher City on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Beecher City.

    The winner will play top-seeded Ramsey on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.