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Today's News

  • Vandalia Idol scheduled for March

    Soroptimist of Vandalia will be holding its third Vandalia Idol contest in March.
    Vandalia Idol is a singing competition open to all ages of amateur vocalists.
    Auditions will be held on two nights, March 9 and 16, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Three finalists will be chosen each night from each of the two age groups. The finalists will be asked to return on March 23 for the finale.
    From the final 12, two Vandalia Idols and two runners-up, one from each age group, will be chosen.

  • Lincoln hat, note going on display at museum

    Nothing brings the image of Abraham Lincoln to mind better than his iconic stovepipe hat. And nothing sums up Lincoln’s beliefs better than a scrap of paper he may have stored in that battered hat.
    “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy,” the piece of paper says.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Josie & Callie – Faithful Nurses?
    The malady that has been affecting so many people lately hit the Homestead feminine human (me) suddenly Friday evening, requiring close and unfettered access to the emesis basin, bathroom and bed, and continued on until later Sunday morning.

  • Frogtown News

    Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper, hosted by the Men of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. in the school gym.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Saturday night was 215. Attendance on Sunday was 79.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Coleen Blomberg
    -Gladys Graumenz
    -Leann Hardiek
    -Clyde King

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 24
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, January 26
    • The Clothes Closet, now located in the First United Methodist Church parsonage, 9 a.m.-noon.
    Sunday, January 27
    • After the First United Methodist Church morning worship, there will be a birthday potluck in the Fellowship Hall. Tables will be decorated in monthly themes. Also, there will be a dessert auction.

  • Huddle House restaurant to open near Holiday Inn

    The couple behind a restaurant coming to Vandalia next summer are no strangers to the community.

  • Wildlands Outdoor Equipment Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at Wildlands Outdoor Equipment, which shares a storefront with D&S IT Solutions at 422 W. Gallatin St.

    Owned by Mat Hanabarger, center, the business sells camping and hiking equipment, plus military surplus items. 

  • D&S IT Solutions Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday at D&S IT Solutions.

    Located at 422 W. Gallatin St., the business offers sales, service, networking and repair for all Windows-based computers – laptops, desktops, tablets or servers. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The owners of the business are Nathan Dothager and Cody Scott, second from left and third from left.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three young people from Vandalia are pictured in 1954.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin (D-Springfield) held his first town meeting in Fayette County since picking up all of this county through a redrawing of congressional district boundaries. The town meeting drew about 50 people.
    H. Edward Smith, a former employee of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), visited with students of Vandalia Junior High School.
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harner of rural St. Elmo were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan 23.