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Today's News

  • CRP signup begins May 20

    A four-week enrollment period for participation in the Conservation Reserve Program will be held from May 20 to June 14.
    During that time, farmers will apply to participate in the long-term program, which allows them to plant cover crops to protect environmentally vulnerable land.

  • Lambing Time

    It's the time of year for lambs to be born, and there are plenty of them on the Lynn Wollerman farm northwest of Vandalia.

    Wollerman's son, Austin, said that they have more than 115 lambs from the 85 Hampshire ewes that have lambed so far.

  • Church Briefs

    Mother of Dolors meal is March 17

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.
    The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks.
    The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and up and free for children ages 5 and under. Carryouts are available by calling 283-8738.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    Beulah Brown welcomed everyone with the old greeting: "We’re all in our places with bright shiny faces." She has the wonderful gift of welcoming.
    We sang the "Outreach" and "Welcome" songs, and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Marge Tipsword, Donna Pruett, Tracy Stokes and Bill Whitehurst.
     It was good to see Bernie Ray back at the piano. She played some wonderful music,  including “You Belong to Me.”

  • Christians should be free from the fear of death

    All over the world and in every age, there has been a universal fear of death. Death is inevitable, and we know that all our lives.

  • Beekeepers meeting Saturday at KC

    The Tri-County Beekeepers Association and the Illinois Queen Initiative invites all fellow and potential beekeepers to enjoy a special presentation by Grant Gillard this Saturday, from 12:30-4 p.m., at Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
    Gillard is now a commercial beekeeper, author, speaker, pastor, husband and father.  He operates about 200 hives of honeybees in Southeast Missouri, near the town of Jackson.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Honoring 1963 graduates
    Kaskaskia College is looking for students in the graduating class of 1963.
    The college is planning a special recognition of those graduates at this year’s graduation ceremony, which is scheduled for Friday, May 17.
    Individuals who are 1963 graduates or who know of someone who graduated from that class are asked to contact Cheryl Boehne, director of admissions and registration, at 545-3184 or by e-mail, cboehne@kaskaskia.edu.
    The deadline to contact the school with the names of graduates is April 1.

  • Ramsey to host choral festival

    The Ramsey Junior High School choir will be hosting and participating in the 2013 Junior High School Area Choral Festival next Thursday in the Ramsey High School gym.

  • BES Reward for Good Behavior

    Brownstown Elementary School students were rewarded with an assembly for good behavior during February.

    In the first photo, students watch a presentation by Nitro Joe, a scientist who did various science experiments for the students to teach them about chemical reactions. In the second photo, sixth-grader Bob Goldman assists Nitro Joe with one of his experiments.

  • FFA Week at VCHS

    The celebration of FFA Week by the FFA chapter at Vandalia Community High School included Tractor Day.