Today's News

  • Freshmen McNary, Kern combine for 30 in win

    Freshmen Lanee McNary and Megan Kern combined for 30 points to lead the Lady Vandals to a 58-24 win over Staunton last Thursday.
    McNary hit four three-pointers in totaling 15 points, and Kern hit five two-pointers and five free throws to also score 15.
    McNary hit three treys in the first quarter as Vandalia led 18-7. In the second quarter, Kern scored six points and Rachel Zimmerman added four as the Lady Vandals extended their lead to 20, 33-13, by halftime.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, January 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Leadership Council Meeting, 6 p.m., and Livestock Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., and both at the Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.    
    Monday, January 16
    • No school in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Unwelcome & Inconvenient Visitor at Homestead
    The infamous flu bug dropped in for a visit at the Homestead this week at an inconvenient time, when we were trying to catch up after being absent and/or busy with family for the past three months … and still counting.
    Bill woke up very early Friday with the uncomfortable and inconvenient symptoms and effects thereof, which got worse as the day went on.
    He survived on a diet of beef broth, chicken soup (noodleless), and other compatible liquids and upset stomach-helps.

  • Northside Christian Church has new pastor

    It was with sadness that we received the news from Pat Rhodes that she and her husband, the Rev. Carl Rhodes, pastor of Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, were leaving the  area.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Breauna L. Harrison, 22, 715 S. Holly St., Bingham, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Brittney N. Frailey, 27, 317 S. Thompson, Ramsey, was arrested on Jan. 8 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,000.
    • Levi J. Haslett, 34, 220 N. First St., Brownstown, was arrested on Jan. 8 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Frogtown News

    Ralph “Ed” Morton, 86, of St. Peter, died on Saturday, Jan. 7.
    The funeral and visitation were held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Lucy Eleanor Murphree, daughter of Nathan and Megan (Wollin) Murphree, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Her godparents are Aaron Murphree, Seth Murphree and Danielle Chasteen.
    St. Peter’s School Fun Fair Supper & Auction

  • Kaskaskia College

    Intermediate Word class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer an intermediate Word class at the KC Vandalia Campus on Tuesdays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, from 1-3 p.m.
    The registration number for the class COED 5052 VA01D.
    Students will have hands-on learning with Microsoft Word as they work with documents and letters and learn about tables, cut and paste, highlighting and dragging text, screenshots and making envelopes and labels, and using mail merge for form letters and mass mailing labels. The cost is $20.

  • Christine Yenny finds some vital family treasures

    Christine Yenny has been going through things, like many of us do from time to time, as we accumulate objects, items and, best of all, memories, over the years.

    Christine was  “digging around” recently when she ran across some real treasures, ones that brought back memories of her family and her childhood days, and one item even brought back the memory of some very interesting and intriguing family history of long ago.

  • Gaming again put on hold

    The Vandalia City Council’s plan on Tuesday to hold first readings of two requests for liquor licenses tied to gaming was killed before it even came up.
    Instead of reading those requests, which are from businesses whose earlier requests were denied, the council voted to focus on the idea of limiting the number of gaming parlors in the city.
    One of those requests is for a license being issued to Discount Tobacco, and the other is for the transfer of an existing license to Meyer Oil.

  • 25 years of warmth

    “It makes it all worthwhile when I see a kid smile like that.”