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Today's News

  • Community Garden Harvest Festival is Saturday

    Vandalia's Little Community Garden will hold its annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. this Saturday.
    Items to be available include fall decorations and crafts, MbBling jewelry and crafts, handmade soaps, artwork by Lynn Reznick and Lorraine White, Nori Pruitt's homemade pies, fresh and dried herbs, vegetables, pickled beets, jellies and jams, pumpkins and gourds, and fresh flowers.
    The garden is located on West Randolph Street, between Randolph House and the Old State Burial Ground.
     

  • Police urge residents to lock vehicles

    Three months after encouraging residents to lock their vehicles at all times, the Vandalia Police Department is repeating that message.
    Chief Larry Eason reported on Monday that that past weekend, his department handled five reports of thefts from vehicles, as well as two more theft attempts.
    This comes after the VPD handled nine similar cases over a 13-day period in July.
    Eason emphasized that in all cases over this past weekend, none of the vehicles were locked. There were no report of vehicle break-ins or attempted break-ins, he said.

  • Swofford, Leiken advance to state tournaments

    Vandalia seniors Blake Swofford and RaeChelle Leiken qualified for the state golf tournaments on Monday.

    Swofford shot a 79 at the Carterville Sectional, and Leiken shot an 86 at the Teutpolis Sectional.

    The tournaments are both being run on Friday and Saturday, with the boys in Bloomington and the girls in Decatur.

  • Lady Vandals take three losses at Highland, but get to 20 wins

    HIGHLAND - The Lady Vandals volleyball team won just two of their five games at this weekend's Highland Tournament, but now have 20 victories on the season. Senior RaeChelle Leiken was named to the all-tournament team.

    Class 2A Vandalia played up at least one class in all but one game.

    Defeating Class 3A Carbondale in three sets on Friday night gave Vandalia its 20th win of the season. The Lady Vandals then defeated Class 2A Wesclin on Saturday morning.

  • Vandals qualify for playoffs with win at Southwestern

    PIASA - The Vandalia football team earned an automatic playoff bid on Saturday, earning its sixth win of the season with a 36-14 victory at Southwestern.

    Big plays highlighed the Vandals' offensive day, as senior Ryan Ambuehl had a season-long 83-yard touchdown run in the first quarter after he dropped the snap on a punt.

    Senior Tim Ritchey then dashed 59 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, and added a 14-yard score minutes later to help Vandalia post a 19-0 halftime lead. Southwestern gained just 27 first-half yards against the Vandal defense.

  • Church Briefs

    Life Chain rally to be held Saturday

    A Life Chain rally will be held this Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at the corner of Kennedy  Boulevard and Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers say that the rally will be a "peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for prayer for our nation and for an end to abortion."
    Only official Life Chain signs will be used during the event, and will be made available to participants.

  • See You at the Pole

    Students at Vandalia High School observed "See You at the Pole" day last Wednesday.

    The nationwide, student-led movement encourages students to gather around their school's flagpole and pray for their school and their community. This year's observance, led by Ryan Ambuehl, involved several students, teachers and community residents. A similar event was held at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith, Monday's pianist at Evergreen Outreach, started the meeting with many golden oldies. They included "God Bless America," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Good Old Dad," "Mocking Bird Hill" and "Bless This House."
    Volunteers Marie Sutton, Charlene Jett, Jeanne Schlicht, Jill Zimmerman and Ruth Ann Scott served cookies, ice cream and drinks.

  • Minister's Forum

    We must be extremely cautious to not impose a personal view into the Scriptures. As teachers and students of the word, we must “rightly divide the word.” Being a good steward of the word is a weighty responsibility.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Starting a Small Business class
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a “Starting a Small Business in Illinois” workshop on Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Workforce Center, 325 S. Poplar St. in Centralia.
    Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan and a marketing plan; and how to get organized and maintain records.
    Other topics will include: determining the form of your business organization; and legal and financial basics.