Today's News

  • Henna promoted to chief lending officer at FNB

    First National Bank announced recently that Steven C. Henna has been promoted to chief lending officer. He formerly served as vice president and senior lender.
    Henna, a Vandalia resident, has more than 26 years of lending experience. He began his career with First National Bank in December 1998 as a vice president and loan officer, specializing in agriculture and commercial lending.

  • Themig's work in energy field earns E&Y's 'entrepreneur of year' award

    Vandalia native Dan Themig's oil and gas company was named Canada's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.
    Themig, who was one of the three founders of Packers Plus Energy Services Inc., now serves as president of the company.
    He is the son of Ed and Lela Themig of Vandalia. His parents attended the award ceremony in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Knights donate to TLC class

    The Vandalia Knights of Columbus has given a $500 donation to the TLC (Training for Life Choices) class at Vandalia Middle School. With this donation, the classes purchased lower-level reading books and life skills materials to teach students basic life skills and safety. The donation was made possible for these students by donations given during the Knights of Columbus annual MH candy (Tootsie Roll) drive. Mike Sahr, Fayette County Knights of Columbus MH chairman, presents the donation to TLC instructor Alissa Segrest.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Intro to Internet & e-mail
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Community Education will offer an introduction to the Internet and e-mail class at the Vandalia Campus.
    This class will be held Saturdays, Sept. 18 and 25, and Oct. 2, from 9-11:30 a.m.
    The registration number is LLI 7025 VA01D. 
     This basic class is designed to familiarize students with how to use e-mail, learn about establishing free e-mail accounts and how to use the Internet for learning, shopping and business.

  • Partners in Reading orientation is Sept. 30

    October 4 begins the 16th year of Partners in Reading, a program through which adult volunteers read to elementary students over a lunch hour one day a week.
    Sherry Schneider, Jill Jewel and Pam Baker are the coordinators of the program. Phyllis Rames and Baker started the program in 1995.
    Studies have shown that children make more rapid progress in reading and language skills when they have been read to by adults.

  • School Menus-Sept. 9, 2010

    Monday, Sept. 13 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Sept. 14 – Choice of cereal and chocolate doughnut.
    Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Sept. 16 – Breakfast sausage and cheese bagel.   
    Friday, Sept. 17 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.

  • Vandalia Schools Foundation sets VCHS Homecoming plans

    The Vandalia Community Schools Foundation is making plans for Homecoming weekend at Vandalia Community High School, Sept. 24-26. The weekend activities include the annual alumni banquet and an alumni golf outing.
    The Homecoming weekend agenda includes:
    Friday, Sept 24
    • 7 p.m. – Homecoming football game, with special seating for all alumni and their families. A tailgate will offer hot dogs, chips and drinks.
    Saturday, Sept. 25
    • 9 a.m. – Alumni Golf Outing.

  • Reunions

    Jackson Reunion
    The Jackson family reunion will be held this Sunday in the campground area at Vandalia Lake. A basket dinner will be held at noon.

    Ledbetter Reunion
    The second annual Floyd and Opal Ledbetter reunion will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the St. Elmo City Park in the brown building.
    For more information, call 217-343-6865 or 829-5501.

    Lilly-Wright Reunion

  • Faulkner – 50 Years

    Clayton and Maralia Faulkner of Herrick will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 18, with dinner and cake from noon-5 p.m. at the home of Sheila and Kevin Cutler in Lakewood.
    Clayton and the former Maralia Fouts were married on Sept. 18, 1960, at Union Christian Church of Ramsey.
    They are the parents of three children: Clayton Jr. of Herrick, Pam and her husband Ron Baker of Neoga, and Sheila and her husband Kevin Cutler of Lakewood.
    They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Birthdays

    Ruth Halbrook
    Ruth Halbrook of Hillsboro will celebrate her 95th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    Her children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. They may be sent to her at: c/o Nancy Jo Halbrook, P.O. Box 164, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

    Winona Childress
    Winona Childress of Brownstown will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Golden Years Club in Brownstown, hosted by her family.