Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College Honor Roll

    President’s List
    • Ramsey – Alicia Beck, Tammy Bumgardner.
    • Mulberry Grove – April Betts, April Miller, Tyler Osborne.
    • Vandalia – Megan Beall, Brittney Bennett, Ima Carruthers, Jodi Elder, Jessica Evaul, Karissa Gottman, Heather Haslett, Ruth Hathaway, Holly Kershaw, Lindsay Kistler, Austyn Krueger, Nicholas Metzger, Gregory Mitchell, Deirdre Murray, Cody Robbins, Christian Schroeder, Makayla Summers, Stacey Summers, Helen Wells, Ashley Wiedau, Bryce Worker.

  • Berg Wins BES Spelling Bee

    Stephen Berg, in the first photo, won the spelling bee at Brownstown Elementary School on Friday, earning the right to advance to the district bee in Mulberry Grove.

    In the second photo, Sierra Orechovesky thinks hard before spelling a word. In the third photo are all of the finalists for the BES spelling bee; from left to right are Berg, Orechovesky, Amber Sarchet, Kyzara Hissong, Makenzie Walk and Bryton Pruett.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    Evergreen Outreach had a lovely meeting on Monday afternoon at Wesley Hall, led by Joyce Staff.
    Enjoying the program were residents from FAYCO, Vandalia Rehab and Brookstone.
    Refreshments and drinks were served by volunteers Marie Sutton, Jeanne Schlicht, Erna Wasmuth and Ruth Ann Scott.
    Birthdays for the week were: Louis Laster, Susan Tretter, Cindy Jarrett, James White, Dr. Don Rames, Helen Johnson, Maybelle Ledbetter and Bonnie Sharp.
    Congratulations to all!

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule announced

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance this week announced the schedule and speakers for this year's Lenten Luncheon series.
    The luncheons are held each Wednesday during Lent, beginning at noon and concluding by 1 p.m. They are held at a different church each week.
    This year's theme is "Unity."
    The following is this year's lineup:
    Feb. 29 – First Christian Church (283-2001). Speaker: Scott Smith, First Church of God youth pastor.

  • Minister's Forum

    “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11b-13).

  • Second Lincoln Victory Ball is next Saturday

    Picture this – It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia in the year 1861.
    The town square around the state capitol building, usually quiet at this hour, is alive with sounds of horse-driven carriages, spoken greetings, conversations and the laughter of men and women.

  • Man gets 3 years in federal prison for gun offense

    A Fayette County man who pleaded guilty in federal court to firearms charges has been sentenced to a little less than three years in federal prison.
    Timothy Shellenbarger, 22, of St. Elmo, was given a 35-month prison sentence on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton.
    Shellenbarger, who has been in custody since Dec. 17, 2010, will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. He was fined $375 and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment.

  • Man gets 7 years for sex crime

    A Shobonier man who pleaded guilty last month to a sex crime was sentenced last week to seven years in prison, three years less than the cap agreed to by prosecutors.
    Associate Judge Allan F. Lolie Jr. of Shelbyville handed down the sentence for Jarvis R. Denning at the completion of the hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    Denning, who is required to serve at least 85 percent of the seven-year sentence, was given 115 days credit for time he has served in the Fayette County Jail since his arrest.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Two men, each with a long history of involvement in community activities, were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Towing the line: Ice storm means business, long hours

    While Fayette County residents have been enjoying the spring-like weather in recent days, no one likely appreciates the warmer temperatures than Lynn McDowell.