Today's News

  • Veterans Outreach Center to be started in Our Place

    Northside Christian Church on Monday will launch an outreach center for military veterans in Vandalia.
    Located at 507 W. Gallatin St., in the same location as Our Place, the Veterans Outreach Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Overseeing the center will be the Rev. Carl Rhodes (pastor of Northside Christian Church) and Gene Beckman, both veterans of the Vietnam War. They recently attended a one-day training program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to prepare them to meet the special needs of veterans.

  • Jesus brings God's love to those who gather at the cross

    We count seven times that Jesus spoke at his crucifixion. Yet none of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) tell them all. Each writer chose the “saying(s)” that fit best with his presentation of the Good News of Jesus.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene  M.  Jett
    Monday, the welcoming hospitality of Wesley Hall and First United Methodist Church, demonstrated God’s love for all.   Cindy Hunter brought cookies and was our leader today and SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence with their border collies) was our entertainment. We skipped our usual  welcoming song, as Cindy told us about her youngest son getting married last week, and shared her enthusiasm for Cardinals baseball. There was a good discussion about how everyone wants and tries to win  tickets to the games.  

  • Church Briefs

    For Heaven's Sake trio to sing Sunday at Farina's First Southern Baptist Church

    For Heaven's Sake, a Southern gospel music trio from Southern Illinois, will be appearing in concert at First Southern Baptist Church in Farina this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    The trio is comprised of John and Judy Roberts, co-hosts of the Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir for the past 15 years, and Cheryl Harre, a featured soloist with the Homecoming Gospel Choir, also for the past 15 years.

  • YMCA raffle raises more than $25,000

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County's annual Grand Raffle raised more than $25,000 for the organization on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Business Expo planned

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • Ribbon Cutting At Illinois Real Estate Services

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Monday at the new offices of Illinois Real Estate Services at 2425 W. Veterans Ave., Unit A3, in Vandalia.

  • Historic season ends in Elite Eight

    TOLONO – Two long serving streaks for Beecher hurt Vandalia’s chances in last Saturday’s volleyball state quarterfinals.

    Playing in the school’s first-ever Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament, the Jr. Lady Vandals’ improbable postseason run came to an end with a 20-25, 11-25 loss in the Elite Eight.

    Playing at Unity Jr./Sr. High, Vandalia lost a six-point lead late in the first set by allowing Beecher nine straight points, and lost a two-point lead early in the second set by allowing 13 straight points.

  • Two place for Vandalia at state event

    Two members of the Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club placed this past weekend at the Illinois Midget Championships in Danville.

    Gavin Mouser was the top finisher, taking third place in the Midget 130 division. He pinned Tucker Shepherd in 2:20 to claim his medal.

    His only loss in the tournament came to eventual champion Xander Schnake.

    Kyle Miller advanced to the championship quarterfinals in the Midget 66B division, but lost to the eventual second-place finisher.

  • Vandals have heavy hearts in 13-3 loss

    VANDALIA – The Vandals played Monday’s home-opener with heavy hearts just days after their coach experienced a death in his family.

    After the 13-3 loss to Lincolnwood, assistant coach Mark Rinehart said that he and players took the field in tribute to head coach Luke Hohlt, whose 26-year-old sister died last Saturday.

    “I’d like to say that I do not want to be doing this press conference,” Rinehart said. “I wish coach Hohlt was here, because he is our leader.