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Today's News

  • Winners in Soroptimist contest chosen

    Soroptimist International of the Americas is conducting the fourth annual Live Your Dream Art Contest. The contest invites boys and girls, ages 4-18, to design their own logo for the Live Your Dream Campaign.

  • Girl Scouts at VCA Work at The Closet

    The junior and cadette Girl Scout troops from Vandalia Christian Academy helped put clothes on hangers last week as a community service project.

    The Closet is a ministry of First Baptist Church in Vandalia that supplies free clothing and toys to needy families in the community. Pictured above, from left to right, are Hope Budny-Clymer, Stacy Hudson, Kirsten Sharp, Hailey Cunetto, Sarah Milash, Audrey Myers and Kayleigh Ellis.

  • Law Dogs Donate to VVFD

    Local members of Law Dogs, a law enforcement motorcycle club, recently donated $1,200 to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Births

    Trenton Allen Dunahee
    Tim Allen Dunahee Jr. and Amanda Jean Dunahee of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 1:55 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Barker-Elmore

    Natasha Nicole Barker and Justin Eugene Elmore were united in marriage on July 9, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.

  • Church Briefs Nov. 17, 2011

    Operation Christmas Child collection

    Collection efforts for Operation Christmas Child are going on this week at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    During the week, shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies will be collected in order to be delivered to needy children by Christmas.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is bringing several special occasions. Thanksgiving is soon approaching, and holiday decorations are beginning to be seen.
    It won’t be long before those attending our afternoon programs will be wearing coats and mufflers.

  • What do you need to do to rekindle your love for Jesus?

    A year or so ago, a question was posed to me that really stuck with me and has made me think. It’s a question that is so simple, but to this day I think about it and process it regularly. This is the question: “Would you describe yourself as totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?”

  • Foodbank serves 267 households

    With 53 local volunteers helping with the distribution of food, the Central Illinois Foodbank mobile pantry served 267 households on Saturday morning in the parking lot at Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo.

    Food was given out to 986 individuals, with that total including 435 children. Helping with the distribution were members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, Soroptimist International of Vandalia, St. Elmo Lions Club, St. Elmo FFA and ICCS, as well as Pinnacle employees.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 17, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the All-Star game of the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League in 1968 or 1969. They are:
    Front Row: Mike Sluder, St. Elmo; David Miley, St. Elmo; and Marty Watson, St. Elmo.
    Second Row: Forrest Claypool, St. Elmo; Denny Koonce, St. Elmo; Marty Haslett, St. Elmo; and Terry Spain, St. Elmo.
    Back Row: Coach Leo Haslett, Wesley Sparr, St. Elmo; Doyle Powell, Brownstown; David Williams, St. Elmo; Kris Klitzing, Brownstown; and Coach Max Watson.