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Today's News

  • God freely adopts all of us into His kingdom

    Between the 1850s and 1920s, an estimated 250,000 abandoned or orphaned children were transported from Eastern cities to Midwestern, Southern and Western towns and farm communities for the purpose of giving them a better life, a life away from the dangers of street life.
    They were given one-way tickets and put on a train.

  • CDA members contribute to Summer Lunches

    Catholic Daughters of the Americas met on June 2 for its monthly meeting, which began with installation of new officers.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    It was a great warm summer day for our meeting, and we made the most of it. We missed FAYCO!
    Our leader was Cindy Hunter, who told us about her recent “dog accident,” where her HUGE dog bit her golden retriever.  Naturally, a trip to the vet was required, but after careful examination, all was found to be well.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Daughter
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Return from China
    Jason and Courtney Gladson of Nashville have returned home from China with their daughter, Mabry.
    The Gladsons have two sons, Connor and Grady.  Courtney is formerly from St. Peter.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening attendance was 88.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “I got the call now I must go to the Big Game in the Sky. Pack my bag for one last time. I’m on the road again. Press my pants and shine my shoes for the big game in The Big Game in the Sky. So, my friends, listen close for when his whistle blows. For then you’ll know, the game begin and the basketball’s been tossed.”
    Words from memorial card for Jack Scott

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 26
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The first of the summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, “Home Orchards,” will be via computer at 6:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. The session is free, but advance registration is needed by calling the Extension Office at 283-2753.
    Friday, June 27

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Taken in 1937, this photo shows four children of a local minister who started the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
    Dave Bell won the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grande Levée.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.

  • Hickman told about life in the 1860s

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on the invitation, including Cynthia Luster Hickman.

    Mrs. Hickman lived on the 400 block of North First Street, and her home stands today a beautiful representative of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Kyle Barker is the current owner.
    She remembered that after the gold rush, men did not carry pocket books; they carried sacks full of gold, William Lee and Jake Albert included.

  • Residents show support for pool

    A politician once said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In Vandalia, it can be said, “It takes a community to save its pool.”
    And, that is what’s happening here, with local residents responding to the efforts of Manager Lisa Robbins and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to keep that facility afloat.
    In less than a year, the pool staff has raised just under $18,000 through various fundraisers and donations.