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Today's News

  • Birthdays

    Betty Hill
    Betty Hill of Vandalia, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 8, and her family is having an open house with cake and punch at her home.
    The fourth daughter of the late Nelson and Evelyn O’Dell, she was born and reared near Loogootee. She is one of seven children, all deceased except for her sister, Jerri Hadley of Ramsey.
    She is the wife of the late Victory Hill.

  • Births

    Jase Allen Largent
    Tim and Tracee Largent of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:37 p.m. on July 12, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Wedding

    Chelsey Rae Stewart and Jacob Andrew Joliff were united in marriage in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on May 25, 2013, at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, with the Rev. Robert Weaver officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Russell and Julie Stewart of Vandalia.
    She was given in marriage by her parents.

  • Back to School
  • New in the Vandalia School District

    Five new employees were hired by the Vandalia Community School District for the 2013-14 school year.

    In front, from left, are Danielle Stone and Stacy Thull (TLC aides at Okaw Area Vocational Center). In back are Joey Daniken (Vandalia Community High School English teacher), Amy Mayhaus (TLC aide) and Lori Cortelloni (Vandalia Elementary School clerk).

  • College News

    Franklin College
    Taylor Parrish, a 2011 Vandalia Community High School graduate, has been selected as one of Franklin College’s newest Ambassadors.
    The College Ambassadors at Franklin are a group of highly motivated, energetic, well-spoken and friendly students who act as the official representatives of the college to the community.

  • Church Briefs

    Rhodes, Beckman get PTSD training

    The Rev. Carl Rhodes, pastor of Northside Christian Church, and Gene Beckman, Vandalia VFW chaplain, recently completed a class titled "Rural Clergy Training Program," sponsored by the Veterans' Administration.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    I went into Monday's Evergreen Outreach  meeting subdued, highly organized and behaving properly.
    I came out full of joyful chaos, and thankful I don’t have to pay God for all he gives me. In dollars, this would amount to much more than a New York psychiatrist makes. Thank you, God.
    Our program started with Bette Stolte on the piano, playing all our favorites. Her fingers were flying. All I could do was la-la-la.

  • Getting into heaven is Jesus' work – not ours

    Are you going to heaven? If so, why? Some might say, “because I am a good person.” Some might look at others and say, “I am not as bad as others, I haven’t killed anyone. Nor have I locked anyone in my basement.” Some might say, “I am not sure.”

  • County 4-H'ers show livestock at state fair

    Fayette County 4-Hers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18.  
    In Junior Beef, Seth Purcell exhibited the second place Maine Anjou Heifer, 9/3/11-9/24/11.
    Jordan Schaal took top honors in Junior Sheep with her champion Dorset wether; champion Shropshire Wether; first-place Dorset Wether 114-156 pounds; first-place Shropshire Wether 114-137 pounds.