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Today's News

  • We don't need resolutions – we need a new life

    Are you a Christian? Likely most of you would say, “Of course” – I would not be reading the Minister’s Forum if I wasn’t a Christian.

  • Shimkus again solicits 'Valentines for Heroes'

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-Illinois, 15th District) is again asking constituents to participate in his “Valentines for Heroes” program.
    The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines have come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” Shimkus said.
    “Constituents have been overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.

  • Mobil/Exxon Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Dec. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for a Christmas party, with 32 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Vera Miller gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black gave the welcome. The tables were decorated with Christmas candles, centerpieces and candy for each member, and also a Hershey bar decorated like a snowman, made by Laura Mulhern.
    Those who helped in decorating, games, and cookie and candy walk were Mike and Laura Mulhern, and Frank and Carolyn Heigert.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Mother Madricka & Bucky (Donkeys) Get ‘Spooked’
    Recently, when in a thrift store, I purchased a long, warm coat with a hood, thinking it will be perfect to wear out to the critters’ pens in rainy, cold weather.  However, when I wore it out to give carrot treats to Madricka and Baby Bucky, they came out of their barn, took one look at me and ran.  
    Even when I talked to them and held the carrots out for them, they would not come near me. The long, hooded, dark coat scared them.

  • Frogtown News

    Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 5  p.m. in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym.
    Death
    Mike Wasmuth of St. Peter died on Monday evening.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 126. Sunday morning worship attendance was 111.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Gaige Phillips served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
    Monday, January 26
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Honor Rolls

    RAMSEY GRADE SCHOOL
    High Honors
    Fifth grade – Lane Austin, Abigail Lorton, Korina Otto and Griffin Wright.
    Sixth grade – Brooke Benhoff, Makaylee Berner, Addison Eddy, Ean Forbus, Brenna Hayes, Chloe Hill, Camille Hunt, Matthew Lay, Blain Marx, Levi Rhodes, Gretta Simon and Alaina Click.
    Seventh grade – Kendell Adermann, Madison Miller, Amber Pease and Samantha Stokes.
    Eighth grade – Sadie Simon.
    Honors

  • FNB has scholarships, loan available

    First National Bank Trust Department is now accepting applications for scholarships.
    Numerous scholarships are available, and all applications must be postmarked no later than April 1.
    Also available to Fayette County students through the First National Bank is an interest-free loan funded by the Ella McKee Foundation.
    Those interested in applying for scholarships or a loan should contact the First National Bank Trust Department or call 283-5224.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Steve Jerden uploaded this photo of the ceremony for the unveiling of the Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia Statehouse in 1928.

  • Gas contract good for city

    As gas prices continue to drop to levels not seen in a number of years, you think about all the extra pennies that you're keeping in your pockets. Just think how excited those who purchase thousands and thousands of gallons of fuel must feel.
    Add the city of Vandalia to that list, after the city council voted on Monday to ink a contract with South Central FS for its gas and diesel purchases.