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Today's News

  • Giving grace to those around us is God's mandate

    One day, a 2-year-old boy was just hanging out and having fun at home. Mom and Dad were busy in other places in the house.
    Two-year-old Eli found his favorite crayons and got busy on his latest masterpiece. He colored and drew, and then  stepped back and looked. I can visualize his satisfaction as he   admired his picture – drawn on the wall, neatly arranged and boldly displayed.
    Admiration turned to distress in a heartbeat as Dad entered the room. Eli’s picture was noted, and punishment was delivered.  

  • Sheriff's Scholarship

    Photo by Susie Pontious

    Connor Smith (left), a 2010 graduate of Brownstown High School, was this year's recipient of a $500 Illinois Sheriffs' Association scholarship awarded through the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay presents Smith with the scholarship.

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    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.

  • School menus-Sept. 17

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Sept. 20 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Pancake w/syrup.
    Wednesday, Sept. 22 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Sept. 23 – Scrambled eggs, toast and jelly.   
    Friday, Sept. 24 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    • Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch

  • VCHS homecoming is next week

    Vandalia Community High School will celebrate homecoming next week.
    The schedule for the week at VCHS includes:
    • Monday Sept. 20 – Camo/Farmer Day.
    • Tuesday Sept. 21 – Senior Citizen Day.
    • Wednesday Sept. 23 – Neon Day.
    • Thursday Sept. 24 – Class Pride Day (Seniors-pink; juniors-blue; sophomores-green; and freshmen-orange).
    • Friday Sept. 24 – School Pride Day.
    Homecoming assemblies during the week include:

  • Rural King's move to Orgill facility nearly triples size of former store

    When the Vandalia Rural King store moved to its new location, it was only a couple blocks away.
    But judging by the reaction from customers, the new store is in a different universe.
    "People really like the space, the openness of the store," said store manager John Beck. "There's also a lot more room in the parking lot."
    Now, with more than 100,000 square feet of retail space (compared to less than 40,000 square feet before), the store has expanded many of its existing lines and  added others.

  • Good weather, moisture launch harvest activities across Illinois

    Cooler conditions continued over much of the state last week.
    With small amounts of precipitation across the state, many farmers were able to take full advantage of the favorable weather.
    Many producers are either harvesting or preparing for harvest.
    Other farming activities include fall tillage and planting winter wheat.
    There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • It's Harvest Time

    Harvest activities started in a big way in Fayette County during the past week. In the first picture, Mitch Johnson drives the combine on the farm owned by his father, Mark Johnson, in the Augsburg area. Many area producers are meeting or exceeding the yields predicted by ag officials.

    To keep the harvest activities going, combine operators frequently unload harvested corn on the fly. In the second photo, Mitch Johnson augers corn into a grain cart being pulled by his grandfather, Tom Johnson.

  • Freshmen lose to Roxana

    Wade Harre gives a thumbs up after carrying for a first down in last Thursday's freshman football game against Roxana. There wasn't too much for the Vandals to cheer about, though. The game included the ejection of a Vandalia player and a shouting match between two fans behind the Vandals bench, as the Vandalia squad was shut out by Roxana, 20-0. The Vandals will play at home Thursday against Wesclin at 6 p.m.

  • JV football shuts out Roxana

    Ryan Ambuehl looks to his left as he rushes for a big gain during Monday's JV football game. Ambuehl scored two touchdowns and made the tackle for a safety during Vandalia's 36-0 win against Roxana. Alex Newsom scored twice for the Vandals and Luke Smith added a score of his own. The Vandals (2-1) will face Marquette Catholic at home next Monday at 6 p.m.