Today's News

  • The love that we get from Jesus is unlimited

    It is simply a smudge of black burned and crumbled palms from Palm Sunday a year ago. But it is more! It is a statement of God about us – “Dust you are and to dust you will return.”

  • Church Briefs

    Lenten Luncheon schedule

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance schedule for Lenten Luncheon is as follows:
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – First Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – St. James Lutheran Church.
    • Wednesday, March 2 – Northside Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, March 9 – Mother of Dolors Catholic Church.
    • Wednesday, March 16 – First United Methodist Church.
    • Wednesday, March 23 – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky, the Burro, Kicking Up His Heels …
    … in anticipation of spring? Baby Bucky had been napping in the sunshine and, upon waking up from his nap, he ran and was kicking up his heels in the sunshine. We wondered if he was anticipating, and welcoming, spring, as it was a really nice, warm day.
    On the other hand, Katie …

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Visitation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the visitation of Leo Hanneken on Sunday in Washington, Mo. Leo was the grandfather of Dane and Belinda’s son-in-law, Nathan Jacquin.
    LuVerne Engel, formerly of Kinmundy, died on Friday of last week. He had been a resident of Evergreen Rehabilitation in Effingham. The funeral was held on Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
    Sausage Supper

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, February 11
    • TeleNet lesson, “Super Food to the Rescue,” 10-11 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office. The public is welcome to attend.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, February 12

  • Area Prep Roundup (Feb. 4)

    VCHS Girls Basketball
    Vandalia improved to 16-11 with a 51-32 win over conference foe Roxana  last Thursday night.
    Makayla Tinker got things going for the Lady Vandals with 10 first-half points, taking a 26-23 lead into the third quarter.
    The Lady Vandals defense took over in the third, limiting the Shells to just one third-quarter point, jumping out to a 39-23 lead heading into the final quarter.

  • Eighth-grade Vandals finish second at tourney, advance to regional championship

    The eight-grade Vandals finished second at its own tournament Thursday afternoon, falling just short of a first-place finish, as they lost to Central A&M in double overtime, 61-55.
    Vandalia picked up wins over Ramsey and St. Elmo/Brownstown by scores of 60-38 and 56-22.
    Vandalia’s Thomas Ritchey and Matthew Wells were selected to the all-tournament team.

    Vandalia vs. Central A&M
    VA  6  14  19  11  3  2  55
    AM  9  7  16  18  3  8  61

  • South Central falls to St. Anthony, finishes fourth at NTC Tournament


  • Extension bucket list seminar to be held on Feb. 19

    Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t?
    Are there personal goals that would bring you joy and fulfillment, but are always put on the back burner?
    Maybe you need to work on your bucket list!
    A bucket list is simply a list of experiences or achievements that a person would like to do in their lifetime.
    Cheri Burcham, University of Illinois Extension family life educator, will conduct the seminar at 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.

  • Eagles earn consolation championship at NTC Tournament