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Today's News

  • On God's playing field, we're all on even footing

    Most everyone enjoys some type of competitive activity. Some  who say they  don’t seem to compete in their dislike of competition. In many competitive activities, participants have developed handicapping systems, so that people of differing abilities can compete on a level playing field.

  • College News

    Maryville University
    Kristyn VonBehren, the daughter of Larry and Kathy VonBehren of St. Peter, graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis with a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

  • CNA Grads at Vandalia KC Campus

    Pictured are students who have completed the certified nurse assistant class at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

  • FFA Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, shown with the officers of the FFA chapter at Vandalia Community High School, has signed a proclamation declaring this week as FFA Week in Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … is getting an early start on his summer tan. He likes to lie behind his barn in the sunshine and has been taking advantage of the recent blessings of the sun’s warm rays. Of course, his “tan” is always a smoky gray, summer or winter.
    Callie, the kitty, also likes to lie in the sun, but she prefers the back deck, close to the patio door. Like Smoky, if it starts to sprinkle, she wants inside under a dry roof.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Madison and Dru Eller spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident Glenn Bergmann on Friday of last week.
    Baptism
    Claire Anna Chasteen, daughter of Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy, was baptized in the Sunday morning service.
    Her sponsors were Mallory and Reid Drewes, Matthew Chasteen and Stephanie Kelsheimer.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 165.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Feb. 22
    • Ash Wednesday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Thursday, Feb. 23
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p. m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 24
    • The Prairieland Pickers, 1:15 p.m., at Brookstone Estates, 1920 Brookstone Lane, Mattoon and 2:30 p.m., at Brookstone Estates South, 2008 W. Ninth St., Mattoon.
    Saturday, Feb. 25

  • Two killed in wreck early Sunday

    Both drivers sustained fatal injuries in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia early Sunday morning.

    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Robert Norris, 74, of Vernon, was traveling south on Route 51 when a northbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Joshua Jezek of Sandoval crossed the center line, hitting the truck driven by Norris head-on.

    The vehicle driven by Jezek, who was identified on Monday afternoon, burst into flames.

    Norris and Jezek were pronounced dead at the scene by Bowen at 4:06 a.m.

  • Ulmer places fifth at state

    CHAMPAIGN – Senior Levi Ulmer led a group of five wrestlers at the individual state wrestling tournament, placing fifth.

    Ulmer, who narrowly lost in the championship semifinals, ended up dropping to the fifth-place match, which on Saturday he won, 11-4, against Garrett Kestner of Camp Point.

    In that match, Ulmer secured his first points since the championship quarterfinals with a quick takedown of Kestner and continued on without much trouble to become the first Vandal to place since 2010, when Trevor Pyle took third.

  • Saturday updates from the IHSA Individual State Tournament

    CHAMPAIGN - It's the final day of the Illinois High School Association Individual State Wrestling Tournament, and at the time of this post, just one Vandal is still alive.

    In the 9 a.m. session, senior Daniel Edwards (152) lost a very tough match to Gage Hedges, 1-0, in the wrestle-back quarterfinals. Had Edwards won the match, he would have placed.

    Senior Levi Ulmer (195) will be wrestling in the wrestle-back semifinals. In that match, he will face Kenny Lindsey of St. Joe-Ogden, a rematch of the Robinson sectional final.