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Today's News

  • School Briefs

    VJHS will hold Family Movie Night

    The Vandalia Junior High School student council will host Family Movie Night in the school's gym this Friday.
    "The Polar Express" will be shown at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
    Admission is one non-perishable food item per person.
    All children must be supervised by an adult, and all present will have a chance to win a copy of "The Polar Express" book or movie.
    Concessions will be available, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.

  • Brownstown Homecoming

    Austin Rhodes and Kristen Pontious, first photo, were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School homecoming dance on Saturday night.

  • CEFS taking emergency food, shelter applications

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $10,669 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • Radliff – Sczurko

    Lauren Ashley Radliff and Aaron Peter Sczurko, both of O’Fallon, were united in marriage in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Aug. 11, 2012, at Grace Church in Mahomet, with the Rev. Brent Reese officiating.

  • Legion, Auxiliary hold Christmas party

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary held their annual Christmas party on Sunday night at the Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • ABATE Food & Toy Run

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE recently continued its tradition of collecting food and toys for those who wil need them at Christmas.

    This year, ABATE members caravaned three vans full of food and toys to Coffeen Free Methodist Church. The food will be used to restock the Coffeen Food Pantry, and the toys will be delivered among four Coffeen churches.

    Photo Courtesy of Journal-News

  • Holiday activities now in full swing

    Looking for something to do to get you in the holiday mood? Look no further than the Vandalia Statehouse.
    This Saturday evening, the crown jewel of Vandalia’s downtown district will be decorated in its holiday attire, with period Christmas decorations and candlelight transforming the classic structure into a beautiful holiday experience.
    The Holiday Open House runs from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, with cider and cookies being served to guests. Additionally, the first 100 families will receive a unique Christmas ornament.

  • FAYCO recycling a good addition

    Next Wednesday, FAYCO Enterprises will mark yet another milestone in its 36-year history of serving individuals with disabilities in our area.

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournamet schedule announced

    The schedule for the 2012 Vandalia Holiday Tournament has been released.

    Flora has the No. 1 seed for the 41st annual event, and Vandalia is seeded No. 3.

    Maroa-Forsyth and St. Anthony replace Wesclin and Stew-Stras in this year’s VHT.

    Other local teams are No. 5 St. Elmo and No. 10 South Central.

  • Letter preserves history of Grandfields

    With the building of the National Road through Fayette County, beginning around 1829, workmen and their families arrived and villages grew along the route, with Howard’s Point being a prime example.
    One of these was that of Thomas Grandfield. Through a letter written in 1957 by Lewis Grandfield to a grandson, we learn that Thomas was a stone cutter, and worked his way from Philadelphia to Fayette County on the National Road.