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Today's News

  • Lake Land CC releases info about graduation

    Graduation may seem far off, but it’s right around the corner at Lake Land College.
    Important information for students and parents about graduation and preparing for graduation is as follows:
    March
    • Measurements for caps and gowns will be held through March 30 in the Lake Land College Bookstore. The bookstore is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Students may now purchase graduation announcements in the Lake Land College Bookstore.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Lasagna gardening class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a lasagna gardening class at the Vandalia Campus from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
    The registration number is COED 5435 VA01W.
    Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener.

  • Dugan receives KC scholarship

    Kaskaskia College has announced that Micah Dugan of Vandalia has been named the recipient of the Jan and Jack Johnston Scholarship awarded through the Kaskaskia College Foundation.

    Dugan is a 2011 graduate of Vandalia High School and is a sophomore at KC majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Duane and Tonna Dugan. Dugan, center, is shown with Jan and Jack Johnston.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    Monday's Evergreen Outreach meeting started with a smile, as Phyllis Rames was our leader. It was smooth as silk and warm as toast, in spite of the blustery cold weather.
    Three quarters of the Fourgiven Quartet made their way to Wesley Hall to share their faith and Southern gospel music with us. They were DeWayne Brown, lead singer, Bob Culbertson, tenor singer, and Jeff Hempkin, baritone singer and piano player.    Refreshments were provided by EO and volunteers.

  • Church Briefs

    Mother of Dolors meal is this Sunday

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St.
    The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and up and free for children ages 5 and under. Carryouts are available by calling 283-8738.

  • A word from the wise – don't forget the ChapStick

    I once was selected by the Army to attend a training course at Fort Bragg, N.C. Prior to reporting to duty, the training center sent a “packing list” of all required field items that were to be in my possession to attend the course.

  • Family Video promotion aids lymphoma research

    Family Video, the nation’s largest movie and game rental chain, is taking a leading role in the fight against lymphoma. For the second consecutive year, Family Video customers are invited to "Round It Up for Lymphoma" between March 15-31.
    The Family Video in Vandalia is participating in the promotion.

  • Local Sears has new owner

    The Sears store, which has been located in Vandalia Commons for the past five years, is under new ownership.
    Randy Ruholl, who opened the store in late 2007, has sold it to Bill and Debbie Smith of Centralia, effective March 3. No strangers to the Sears operation, the Smiths have owned the Sears store in Centralia for the past eight years.

  • Funding frustrations

    Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well spoke about the financial challenges facing the school district – and most downstate districts – during the March meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday.

  • News Briefs

    Taylor re-elected chief of VVFD
    Ed Taylor Jr. was re-elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's annual meeting last month.