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Today's News

  • Honor Rolls

    Brownstown Elementary School
    Second Quarter
    Fourth Grade
    High honors: Makenzie Walk
    Honors: Joel Blemker and Max Schraer.
    Fifth Grade
    High honors: Kyzara Hissong.
    Sixth Grade
    High honors: Stephen Berg, Zachary Logsdon and Sierra Orechovesky.
    Honors: Caitlyn Mason and Dakota White.

    Brownstown Junior-Senior High School
    First Semester
    High Honors
    Seniors-Colten Hunter.

  • Vandalia Elementary School moving closer to its SMART Boards goal

    Vandalia Elementary School is creeping closer to its goal of obtaining modern technology that is in many ways replacing chalkboards in the classroom.

  • Births

    Alexia Denise & Annabell Marie Edwards
    Michael Edwards and Marta Zarzecka of Vandalia are the parents of twin girls born on Oct. 28, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • In Uniform

    Boone C. Baker
    Air Force Airman Boone C. Baker graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Card Showers

    Margaret Durbin
    A card shower has been requested for Margaret Durbin, a longtime resident of the Brownstown area who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 31.

  • Legion Provides Military Publications to Evans Library

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia has begun donating weekly issues of newspapers covering all four branches of the armed services to Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

  • Wedding

    Cassie Easton and Jeff Huffman were united in marriage on Oct. 22, 2011, in the Huffman family barn.

  • Church Briefs

    Salvation Army raises $15,200 in county

    The Salvation Army bell ringers in Fayette County raised a record-breaking $15,200 from their efforts during the Christmas holiday season. Last year, $15,022 was raised.
    The volunteers rang the bells for more than 210 hours at locations across Fayette County. Donations were collected from shoppers, who put money in the Salvation Army kettles.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith greeted guests with piano melodies from the past at Monday's Evergreen Outreach program. Among those songs were: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
    The Rev. Jim Fackler led the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs. He also recognized those who had birthdays: Sharon Maxwell, Patricia Pence, Susann Schumacher and Margaret Rogers.

  • Simeon's peace is available to all through Jesus

    But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
    The joy we celebrate at Christmas is for the arrival of the long-awaited Savior, Jesus in the flesh. In Luke, chapter two, Mary and Joseph are carrying the infant Jesus, who is 40 days old. Jesus, the savior of the world, makes his entrance into the temple in Jerusalem. It was time for Mary and Joseph to offer the required sacrifice for the first-born male.