Today's News

  • Shields-Janssen

    Emily Shields of Vandalia and Aaron Janssen of Fillmore have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Reunion

    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Isaac Noah and Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton met June 1 at Vandalia City Park.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on May 29 at Maverick Restaurant in Litchfield, with 23 members, including new member Wayne Buck of Carlinville, and three guests.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by President Dean Black. After the buffet meal, Black welcomed everyone to the luncheon and meeting.
    He asked all members who had served in the military to stand, and he thanked them for their service to our country and then read a poem, “Freedom Is Not Free.”

  • Brannon is IDOC district Employee of the Year

    Brad Brannon, horticulture instructor at Vandalia Correctional Center, has been selected as “Employee of the Year” for the Central District of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Brannon was presented with his award in April at the Central District inservice held at Decatur Correctional Center.
    The announcement was made by IDOC Vocational Coordinator Kathleen Mattingly.
    “Brad has always demonstrated a daily positive demeanor with his students, fellow staff and administration, as well within the Vandalia community as well.

  • Card Shower

    Donna Strobel Davis
    A card shower has been requested for Donna Strobel Davis, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on June 20.

  • Church Briefs

    VBS is this week at Overcup Baptist

    Overcup Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School this Wednesday through Friday, from 6-8:30 p.m.
    The program includes children from age 4 to 13.
    For more information, call Connie at 267-4484.

    Bethel Baptist VBS going on this week

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" is being held through this Friday at Bethel Baptist Church, from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Parents' night will be Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was another fine day for Evergreen Outreach. Our leader was the Rev. Jim Fackler,  and our pianist was Donna Smith, a really good combination for having fun, laughter and music. That’s the way it was at the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care activities room.
    We shared refreshments as everyone wondered if I could actually get the microphone to work! Since Donna knows most everything by heart, she played and we sang our opening songs.

  • The missing Beatitude: 'Blessed are the complainers'

    The beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, termed the Beatitudes, is located in Matthew 5:1-10.
    These wise sayings of Jesus are pithy, and at times we struggle to get the real meaning of the statements. For instance, in Matthew 5:5, it says: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Jesus tells us that meekness is a quality of Christ. They provide many insights in how to live our life.

  • Paslay speaks to Chamber about city tourism efforts

    The executive secretary for the city of Vandalia last week told members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce about the city’s efforts to promote tourism in the area.

  • Big Caesar Finds Home At Little Caesars

    A throwback marketing statue that once marked many Little Caesars pizza stores around the nation has found a home in front of the Vandalia Little Caesars location at 1611 Veterans Ave.