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Today's News

  • VCHS State Scholars

    The Illinois State Scholars at Vandalia Community High School are shown here.

    In front, from left, are Makenzie Roberts, Amanda Jourdan, Makayla Summers and Heidi Goldsmith. In back are Jeff Bradley, Michael Campbell, Austyn Krueger and Michael Wells.

  • Methodist Men Distribute Coats & Shoes

    The Methodist Men of Vandalia were at Vandalia Elementary School on Tuesday for their annual distribution of coats and shoes to help families and students in the area.

    Present for the gift-giving were David Dugan, Jim Staff, Jeff Endres, Mike Baker and Brent Hunter. Coats, shoes, hats and gloves were distributed to 55 students. In the first photo, Dugan helps Haley Fender with a new pair of shoes. In the second photo, Endres (foreground), Dugan and Hunter (background, at right) present gifts to Kaci Turner, Kyli Sidwell and Chase Bunyard.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of Nathan Jacquin, (fiancé of Mahala Harpster) from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    Following the ceremony, the Harpster and Jacquin families went to dinner.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 212.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy Meets the Welcoming Committee
    On the advice of Tammie Rogers,  Bill’s puppy, “Katy,” is spending her evenings and nights in the house. (So much for the “We are not going to have another indoor dog” vow we took).  
    As she participated in the “Callie ran 15 feet up a tree and couldn’t get back down” episode, Callie does not hold out the paw of friendship to Katy.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, December 19
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 20
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls grew up in the Pittsburg area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s community improvement committee, headed by Jean Stombaugh, arranged to have Vandalia participate in a Community Swap with Tuscola. The University of Illinois Extension Program’s Community Swap program allows people to visit and assess each other’s community.
    Fayette County Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz announced that she would seek a second term in office.

  • Adoption info searches not often fruitful

    I was 8 or 9 years old when my brother, Don, told me that I was adopted.
    The evidence was irrefutable: I was the only child in the family to have freckles, I was the only one (of six) who had to wear glasses at an early age and I didn’t have a baby book.
    I would say the absence of the baby book was the main proof of my birth outside the family. Also, Mom couldn’t put her hands on my birth certificate.
    When one adds up all the "facts," there are several good reasons why I believed what my older brother had told me.

  • More than ever, we need the hope and peace of Christmas

    It’s Christmas time!
    With Christmas only days away, we hope the hustle and bustle of the holiday is largely behind us and only the warmth and wonder remain.
    Though the holiday is primarily a celebration of the birth of Jesus, it also is a time of giving and hope.
    And it’s an annual reminder of the generosity that makes Fayette County such a special place. As always, the citizens of our area have been amazing in their response to the needs of others.

  • Maxey's career day leads to MVP award, team championship

    ST. ELMO – He dazzled a packed gym with his scoring, driving to the hoop to get his first several points and later showing off his brilliant outside shot for even more.

    It sure was a night to remember for St. Elmo’s Levi Maxey.

    Scoring a career-high 33 points in the championship game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, the shifty junior guard propelled the Eagles to a 69-62 win against Altamont, capping off an outstanding individual tournament which earned him the Most Valuable Player trophy.