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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Gerald and Keiko Lockart will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Engagement

    Andrea Gathe and Mark Meadows, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Carrots Back On Schedule
    Due to circumstances beyond my control (and I hate that), the critters’ carrot treats schedule (which is whenever baby Buckwheat cries for one) has been uncontrollably off-schedule due to our bouts with the flu, the snow and now, the mud … but mainly, the flu bug.
    This last week, things have improved (flu bug reluctantly moved out, the snow melted and my army boots can handle the mud).

  • Frogtown News

    Blood Drive
    Giving blood doesn’t require much time. About an hour should do it. You can help save up to three lives in about an hour.
    The need is ongoing but the supply is not.
    A blood drive will be held at the Country Store (Menonite Store on the St. Peter/Shobonier blacktop) from 1-7 p.m. Monday, March 23.
    To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: CountryStore). Take a Photo ID card.
    Baptism

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENT
    Wednesday, March 18
    Thursday, March 19
    • Vit-Em-In class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, March 21
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Birthday Month is March, and this Saturday, RNA will host a luncheon at noon in the Phillips Building. Those attending are to take sandwiches or salads; cake and ice cream will be furnished. Everyone is invited to attend the birthday celebration.
    Sunday, March 22

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals. Call site director, Sharon Harris

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    A truly wonderful day for Evergreen Outreach. The presence of the Lord was with us, as many of our FAYCO friends arrived.   We shared refreshments and cookies, and caught up on what happened after the extra-long cold winter interfered with our good times. Ugh!
    We opened the program by singing “Happy Birthday” to Mary Woolsey, Beulah Brown, Tanya Robinson and Randy Schukar.

  • First Baptist, Temple Baptist now Unity Baptist

    Three years ago, I wrote in the Minister’s Forum that Temple Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Vandalia had entered into a discussion about the possibility of merging into one new church.

  • Two VCHS thinclads do well at Invite

    Two Vandalia Community High School track athletes performed well at a non-scoring meeting on March 7.
    At the SIU Carbondale Invite, Curtis Gordon won the pole vault competition with a 13 feet, 6 inches performance, and also placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.97 seconds.
    Ethan Meyer placed seventh in the triple jump, resetting his school-record leap at 42 feet, 2½ inches.

  • Hall of Famer

    Nancy Meyer of Mapleton, a native of Vandalia, was one of five softball coaches inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, Feb. 22.