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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Jim and Erma Budlove of San Diego, Calif., and St. Elmo celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Jan. 7, with dinner in the Fireside Room.
    While they had a long waiting list of friends, they were able to invite only 88 because of the size of the room.
    The dinner was a time for them to thank those attending for their love and friendship for the past 28 years, and to thank God that their paths in life had crossed.
    Fresh flowers adorned the fireplace, mantel and other areas of the room. Rose bouquets adorned each linen-covered table

  • Births

    Isla Christine McConkey
    Matthew and Kathy McConkey of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

  • Kaskaskia College News

    Intro to the Internet class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education an introduction to the Internet class at the Vandalia Center on Saturdays, April 14 and 21, from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    The registration number is LLI 7025 VA01W.
    This basic class is designed to familiarize one with how to use e-mail, establishing free e-mail accounts and how to use the Internet for learning, shopping and business.
    The cost for this course is $48; students over 60 may register at no cost.

  • All in the Family

    Two sisters and one brother recently were baptized on the the same day at First Christian Church of Vandalia.

    The three, from left, are Breese Stilt, David Stilt and Mistie Stilt. They were baptized by the Rev. Robert Francisco, right. The three are children of John and Crystal Stilt. They were given new Bibles to celebrate the event.

  • Minister's Forum

    If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
    Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is about new beginnings, planning and organizing.
    We are enjoying the warmer days, filled with new activities which compete for our time and attention.
    Everyone attending Evergreen Outreach looks forward to our Monday afternoon programs. Many of those who attend arrive in the Operation OUTING bus, which provides free transportation for the nursing home residents. For many, this is the one chance each week to leave their facility.

  • Church Briefs

    Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, March 26 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, March 27 – Waffles w/syrup.
    Wednesday, March 28 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly
    Thursday, March 29 – Blueberry pancake and sausage on a stick.   
    Friday, March 30 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch
    Monday, March 26 – Corn dog, buttered carrots, fruit and milk.    

  • Honor Roll

    VANDALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Third Nine Weeks
    Second Grade

  • BHS Drama Club Performs

    The Brownstown High School Drama Club performed "Check, Please" and "Drugs are Bad" in the BHS gym on Saturday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Tyler Feezel and Kayla Black perform one of the scenes about bad first dates. In the second photo, Jordan Evans and Sarah Swain perform another scene from that part of the program.