Today's News

  • Chappel quoted in Post-Dispatch story

    Ernie Chappel, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch column on Aug. 31.
    Business columnist David Nicklaus, writing about the impact of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, quoted Chappel's reaction to the legislation.
    Chappel likened the act to "Aunt Betty's sweater, the ugly and uncomfortable one you were forced to wear at Christmas.

  • Konrad returns home, joins Lawinger law firm

    Vandalia native Will Konrad has returned home to accept a position as an associate attorney with the Lawinger Law Office in Vandalia.
    In that position, he will be focusing on family law, worker's compensation law and estate planning.
    After graduating from Vandalia Community High School, Konrad graduated from Blackburn College and Marquette University Law School.
    Between college and law school, he worked as a substitute teacher and freshman/sophomore basketball coach at VCHS.

  • Henna promoted to chief lending officer at FNB

    First National Bank announced recently that Steven C. Henna has been promoted to chief lending officer. He formerly served as vice president and senior lender.
    Henna, a Vandalia resident, has more than 26 years of lending experience. He began his career with First National Bank in December 1998 as a vice president and loan officer, specializing in agriculture and commercial lending.

  • Themig's work in energy field earns E&Y's 'entrepreneur of year' award

    Vandalia native Dan Themig's oil and gas company was named Canada's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.
    Themig, who was one of the three founders of Packers Plus Energy Services Inc., now serves as president of the company.
    He is the son of Ed and Lela Themig of Vandalia. His parents attended the award ceremony in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Knights donate to TLC class

    The Vandalia Knights of Columbus has given a $500 donation to the TLC (Training for Life Choices) class at Vandalia Middle School. With this donation, the classes purchased lower-level reading books and life skills materials to teach students basic life skills and safety. The donation was made possible for these students by donations given during the Knights of Columbus annual MH candy (Tootsie Roll) drive. Mike Sahr, Fayette County Knights of Columbus MH chairman, presents the donation to TLC instructor Alissa Segrest.

  • Kaskaskia College

    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.

  • Partners in Reading orientation is Sept. 30

    October 4 begins the 16th year of Partners in Reading, a program through which adult volunteers read to elementary students over a lunch hour one day a week.
    Sherry Schneider, Jill Jewel and Pam Baker are the coordinators of the program. Phyllis Rames and Baker started the program in 1995.
    Studies have shown that children make more rapid progress in reading and language skills when they have been read to by adults.

  • School Menus-Sept. 9, 2010

    Monday, Sept. 13 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Sept. 14 – Choice of cereal and chocolate doughnut.
    Wednesday, Sept. 15 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Sept. 16 – Breakfast sausage and cheese bagel.   
    Friday, Sept. 17 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.

  • Vandalia Schools Foundation sets VCHS Homecoming plans

    The Vandalia Community Schools Foundation is making plans for Homecoming weekend at Vandalia Community High School, Sept. 24-26. The weekend activities include the annual alumni banquet and an alumni golf outing.
    The Homecoming weekend agenda includes:
    Friday, Sept 24
    • 7 p.m. – Homecoming football game, with special seating for all alumni and their families. A tailgate will offer hot dogs, chips and drinks.
    Saturday, Sept. 25
    • 9 a.m. – Alumni Golf Outing.

  • Reunions

    Jackson Reunion
    The Jackson family reunion will be held this Sunday in the campground area at Vandalia Lake. A basket dinner will be held at noon.

    Ledbetter Reunion
    The second annual Floyd and Opal Ledbetter reunion will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the St. Elmo City Park in the brown building.
    For more information, call 217-343-6865 or 829-5501.

    Lilly-Wright Reunion