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Today's News

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with the August murder of a Greenville attorney, pleaded guilty to “firing the second of two shots.” A sentencing hearing was to be held at a later date.
    Senior Vandalia linebacker Shane Graumenz was named to the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A All-State football team.
    Fred Willms Sr. received his 50-year Masonic pin.

  • Dr. Morey was county's first trained doctor

    In last week’s column, I wrote about the family of Dr. John Frederick Aubery, who served as a surgeon during the Revolution.

  • Adermann deserving of thanks for 37 years with VVFD

    You know how on some mornings, it’s tough to roll out of bed and get ready for work? Imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, jumping out of bed, and getting dressed and ready to work in a matter of minutes.
    Then, doing that time and time again, even in the dead of winter, for 37 years.
    That’s the life that Merle Adermann led as a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, with his last 19 years of service to the community being as the chief of the department.

  • VCHS holds talent show
  • News Briefs

    OUR PLACE to
    have food, accents
    Friday evening

    OUR PLACE Youth Center, located at 507 W. Gallatin St., will have free popcorn and hot chocolate available during Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia on Friday evening.
    The center will also be selling hair feather accents as a fundraiser.

    FCHD to train
    hospice volunteers

  • Honoroing our vets

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia hosted a Veterans Day program last Friday.

    Local veterans, including George Meseke (first photo), shared some of their military memories. The church pastor, the Rev. Carl Rhodes (second photo), who is a veteran, delivered a brief message during the program, which drew about 50 people.