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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Yes! Yes! We had a leader today – the Rev. Jim Fackler! Yes! Yes! We had a pianist today – Donna Smith! Today our meeting went very well and on time. Our entertainer was Bob Langley and his guitar – more about him later. We missed our Vandalia Long Term Care friends. Where were you?
    We started out singing our special greeting and welcome songs as refreshments were served.

  • In spiritual matters, the king can always move

    “Check Mate” is a famous painting of a chess game that, to the casual observer, leaves its audience walking away from it with a feeling of defeat.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast set for May 1

    Under the theme of "Many Voices United in Prayer," the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will host a series of prayer meetings in preparation for a breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.
    That breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 a.m. at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Staci Carroll, a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Heavy rains, cool temps halt fieldwork in state

    Severe storms and heavy rainfall continued throughout the state last week.

  • Corn Impact

    The difference in corn prices between 2012 and 2013 means a nearly $7.5 billion loss to the Illinois economy.
    Data resulting from an analysis conducted by Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs clearly illustrate the close tie between a strong corn industry and economic activity across the state of Illinois.
    “When corn prices are strong, the impacts are felt statewide,” said Gary Hudson, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) president.

  • Doing battle with soybean cyst nematode

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale is helping Midwest soybean farmers combat a parasitic roundworm – the soybean cyst nematode, sometimes referred to as the “billion dollar pest.” And they are using the soybean itself to do it.

  • Waiting on the Weather

    Though area farmers got in a little fieldwork before the rains returned, much of that work came to a halt last week when heavy rains hit the area.

    This tractor and tillage equipment sits stranded in a soggy field north of Vandalia. Very little of the state's corn has been planted.

  • Miller – Whalen

    Crystal R. Miller and Jacob C. Whalen of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding plans.

  • Three local Girl Scouts receive GS Silver Award

    Girl Scouts were shining stars during Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ (GSSI) All That Glitters Award ceremony on April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon.
    Each year, the banquet recognizes Girl Scouts from across Southern Illinois who achieve significant accomplishments in community service and leadership.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 96th birthday on April 24.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.