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Today's News

  • College News

    Ehrat on Millikin
    dance team

    The Millikin University dance team, "The Sapphires," earned two awards at the recent Universal Dance Association College Camp, qualifying them for the UDA Nationals.
    The Sapphires won a second-place trophy for home routine and earned a superior trophy for overall performance.
    The members of the team include Ellie Ehrat of Shobonier, a 2011 graduate of Vandalia Community High School.

    Mather graduates
    from Baker College

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Aug. 29 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Choice of cereal, cinnamon roll.
    Wednesday, Aug. 31 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Sept. 1 – Bacon scramble, breakfast pizza.   
    Friday, Sept. 2 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch

  • Brownstown School District Personnel
  • Church Briefs

    Catholic women to hold deanery meeting

    The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women of the Litchfield Deanery will meet this Thursday at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Gillespie. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., a business meeting and a luncheon.
    Carlos Tejeda, associate director for the Office of Marriage & Family Life of the Springfield Diocese, will be the speaker at the luncheon. His topic will be "The Value of Marriage and Family Life."

  • Habitat Resale Store Opens

    A grand opening ceremony was held last Thursday for the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Minister's Forum-Aug. 25, 2011

    Webster’s Dictionary defines "insecure" as: 1: not confident or sure; uncertain 2: not adequately guarded or sustained; unsafe.

  • Business Briefs

    COUNTRY ranked No. 1 in complaint ratio in Illinois
    COUNTRY Financial is ranked No. 1 with the lowest complaint ratio among Illinois auto and life insurers in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
    COUNTRY has had the lowest auto complaint ratio for 11 of the past 12 years. For every $1 million in written auto premiums, it had .04 complaints, the lowest among the report's other 50 insurers.

  • Soroptimists donate to FCH for mammography machine

    The Soroptimist International club of Vandalia recently donated part of the proceeds from its “Vandalia Idol” contest to help finance Fayette County Hospital’s efforts to purchase a digital mammography machine.

  • Habitat Resale Shop Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Denny's Opens

    The new Denny's Restaurant opened in Vandalia last Sunday evening.

    Owner/manager Dave Behrends, shown above, said that the opening of the 24-hour restaurant went smoothly. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 132 customers either in booths or at  the counter. It is located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange. Nationally, Denny's has more than 1,550 restaurants