Today's News

  • Youth Workcamps coming in 2018

    Having been involved in several Workcamps Home Repair missions, Staci Carroll saw how the program allows youth to help individuals in need while also beautifying communities.
    Therefore, Carroll wanted to see about bringing the program to Vandalia. Her timing couldn’t have been better.
    “It was a God thing,” Carroll said about approaching Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman last year.

  • Recycling vote coming in two weeks

    The Vandalia City Council could be voting on a water bill surcharge for recycling in two weeks.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s city council meeting that results from a survey on the proposed monthly surcharge of $1.25 that ended on Sunday evening “have been collected.
    “We will have a full report at the next (council) meeting (on Monday, June 19) to be acted on.”

  • Card Shower

    June Caylor
    A card shower has been requested for June Caylor, who will celebrate her 92nd birthday this Friday.
    Cards may be sent to her at: June Caylor, 1425 E. 2800 Ave., Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

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  • VCA music students perform at Brookstone

    Several music students from Vandalia Christian Academy presented a music program at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia on the afternoon of May 21.
    The program began with the reading of Psalm 150 and each student introducing himself or herself.
    The first group sang “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” with CD accompaniment; a Jewish song, “How Good and Joyous,” with autoharp and tambourine accompaniment; and “Be Well and Happy,” sung a capella.
    The students in that group are Kali Portz, Alton Emerick, Keagan Timmons and J.J. Johnson.

  • St. Elmo First Baptist closes its doors

    After nearly a century of ministry the doors of the First Baptist Church of St. Elmo have closed, according to the Rev. Mike Hall, former pastor of St. Elmo First Baptist (1998-2002) and current director of missions for the Kaskaskia Baptist Association.  
    "During the life of St. Elmo First Baptist, literally thousands of people’s lives were touched and challenged with the gospel of Jesus Christ," Hall said.

  • Holiday Inn gets company's top award

    The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Vandalia has received the InterContinental Hotels Group’s 2016 Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.

  • Scholarship awards at VCHS commencement exercises
  • College News

    The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:
    • Brownstown – Addison Cage, Julie Schilling and Tucker Willms.
    • Farina – Christopher Roberts, Jordan Schaal, Serena Strullmyer and Monica Young.
    • Vandalia – Taryn Alstat, Elizabeth Carroll, David Harrison, Jami Lockart, Kristyn Nichols, Jessica Roman and David Zimmerman.
    • Kinmundy – Jamie Hanks.

  • Head Start taking applications

    The CEFS Head Start 0-5 Program is now taking enrollment applications for the fall.
    Head Start is a federally funded educational program available to pregnant women and children up to 5 years of age, including children with significant for multiple special needs.
    There are no entry fees for enrollment and no fees for services.