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Today's News

  • St. Elmo falls in sectional semifinals

    BRIDGEPORT- The St. Elmo boys basketball team had trouble making shots from the field during a 58-39 loss to Woodlawn on Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals.

    Senior Ben Sperry led the Eagles (22-8), with 14 points and eight rebounds, but that was not enough to overcome two first-half runs by Woodlawn that put St. Elmo behind 27-18 at halftime.

    After Sperry hit a layup to open the scoring, Woodlawn used a layup of its own and back-to-back 3-pointers to start an 11-0 run that put St. Elmo behind, 11-2.

  • Church Briefs

    Sausage, pancake supper March 8

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held next Thursday, March 8, from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Women's Bible study Tuesday

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    As people were entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, SoftFire was playing Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Other foot-tapping melodies, such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and  “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” also were played.
    David and Patricia Pence, known as SoftFire, provided the entertainment for the day. They brought their beautiful border collies with them – Daniel, John, Rufus and Gracie.

  • First Baptist, Temple Baptist churches considering a merger

    Within the Christian community today there is a term used to describe churches that are different from the traditional church.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee held its annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday evening at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • Births

    Oliver James Schaal
    Jeff and Kelly Schaal of Des Peres, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 3:48 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • Card Showers

    Earl Hovious
    A card shower is planned for Earl Hovious of Brownstown, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on March 3.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Wedding

    Rachel Clark of Norfolk, Va., and Trevor Elam of New Orleans, La., were united in marriage in a candlelight ceremony at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2011, at First United Brethren Church in Findlay, Ohio, with the Rev. Andrew Atkins, a cousin of the bride, officiating.