Today's News

  • A step above the competition

    A Mercer County man has earned two awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta.
    Rory Frick of Aledo took home the “most innovative” and “most widely usable” awards at the Farmer Idea Exchange competition at AFBF’s 92nd annual meeting for a new kind of multi-functional ladder. Each award comes with a $500 prize.

  • Church Briefs

    Men's Bible study offers military coffee
    Northside Christian Church invites men to a Bible study from  8-9 a.m. on Tuesdays, featuring "Sniper's Brew Coffee," a coffee made specially for the military.
    Start your day right – with Bible study, fellowship and great coffee. Call 283-1970 for more information.
    Women's study on Paul is under way
    An 11-week video study for women at Brownstown First Christian Church on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., began last week.

  • What is so valuable that you'd sell everything for it?

    What do you collect? Some collect cars, dolls, coins or toys, and I have even heard of someone who is collecting yarn to make the world’s largest yarn ball.
    In Matthew 13:45-46, Jesus tells of a merchant who searched after fine pearls. This merchant found a pearl of great value. Do you know what he did? He went and sold all that he had and bought that pearl.

  • Blood Drive Challenge

  • Births

    Blake Allan Miller

    J.J. and Amber Miller of Greenville are the parents of a boy born at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.
    He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Blake Allan.
    Grandparents are Steve and Nancy Jansen of Carlyle and John and Leila Miller of Vandalia.


  • Stine-Armstrong

    Pamela Stine and Ryan Armstrong of Champaign were united in marriage on Sept. 4, 2010, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, Ill., with Rev. John Bates officiating the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Gordon and Denise Stine of St. Elmo. Grandparents are Stanley and Grace Stine of St. Elmo, and Pauline and the late Edward DeVantier of Altamont.
    The groom is the son of Robert and Rebecca Armstrong of Washington, Ill. Grandparents are Elmer and Dorothy Armstrong, and Gene and Shirley Hobbs, all of Washington, Ill.

  • St. Elmo Honor Roll

    St. Elmo School
    Second Quarter
    High Honors
    Jenna Long, Sarah Maxey and Kassandra Viramontes.
    Taran Duckworth, Abbygail Logue, Malachi Maxey, Gabrielle Moore and Sydney Werner.
    Honorable Mention
    Sean Alexander, Emily Bone, Noah Flowers, Jacob Giffin, Sean Hannagan, Chelsey Mason, MaKayla Osmon, Trey Pasley and Keely Smith.
    High Honors
    Cameron Gilbert, Jenna Miller and Kennedy Ray.

  • News Briefs-Jan. 20, 2011

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    Benefit for Kay Kistler is this Saturday

  • Fire Reports-Jan. 20, 2011

    • Vandalia firefighters were called at 10:24 p.m. last Wednesday to Travelodge, 1500 N. Eighth St., after a passerby noticed smoke coming from one of the room.
    The fire was contained to a heating unit and chair, but the entire room sustained smoke and water damage. Fire officials estimated the damage at $15,000.
    A maintenance employee occupied that room had left earlier in the evening.
    The cause of the fire was undetermined.
    Twenty-one firefighters responded, and they were at the scene for about 40 minutes.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Jan. 20, 2011

    • Ryan K. Borbely, 21, 920 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 18 on a charge of disorderly conduct/breach of peace. Bond was $1,000.
    • David L. Huddlestun, 25, Herrick, was arrested on Jan. 17 on a charge of possession of drug equipment. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jennifer D. Cottrell-Jagels, 44, Granite City, was arrested on Jan. 17 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and violating Scott’s Law. Bond was $1,500.