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Today's News

  • Engagement

    Courtney Carroll and Aaron Sapp, both of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Deidre King and Matthew Langston, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Hurricane Isaac brings much-needed moisture

    The remnants of Hurricane Isaac brought significant precipitation to the state last week.
    Statewide rainfall averaged 3.18 inches, pushing topsoil moisture levels to 19 percent very short, 28 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.
    This is the largest percentage of cropland in the adequate and surplus topsoil moisture categories since the middle of May.
    Temperatures averaged 76.1 degrees, 3.2 above normal.

  • Food Pantry assists 165 households

    More than 165 households, representing 193 children under 18 years of age and 404 adults, received food materials last Thursday during the Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry distribution in St. Elmo.
    To date, more than 1,000 adults and 600 children have been helped through the food bank this year.

  • 'All hands on deck' approach to government drought aid

    President  Barack Obama has called the U.S. government’s approach to drought assistance an “all-hands-on-deck effort,” and he has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies to find additional ways to help those impacted by drought.
    To date, the USDA has taken a wide variety of administrative action – including streamlining the disaster designation process, which has allowed the agency to more quickly authorize emergency aid for producers. In Illinois, 102 counties have been declared primary disaster areas for drought.

  • Promoting 'Ag in Classroom'

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently recognized the volunteering efforts of Martha Cripe of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.

  • Church Briefs

    Sefton churches to meet this weekend

    The 130th annual Sefton Township Churches Convention will be held this year at Emmanuel Methodist Church this weekend.
    The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday with an ice cream social.
    Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the convention will conclude with a basket dinner at noon.
    The church is located at the intersection of 1200 E and 1850 N.

     The Chosen Ones concert is Saturday

  • Outdoor wedding vows prompt 'awesome silence'

    It was a wedding. One would expect us to speak of the promises of God on which we stand. Promises of love that will never let us go; promises that are certain. It is sure, God says, “I will never, never, never, never, ever forsake you or abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

  • Senior Spotlight: Shelby Foster

    ALTAMONT – As part of a senior class that features three front-row hitters who are good enough to play at the next level, Vandalia’s Shelby Foster sometimes can get lost in the mix of thunderous kills.

    Her contributions aren’t the ones that get the crowd on its feet or create a collective gasp from everyone in a gym.

    But they are the ones that help a team like the Lady Vandals start the season 7-0.

  • Lady Vandals win Altamont Tournament

    ALTAMONT – Seniors Austyn Krueger and RaeChelle Leiken combined for 59 kills in four matches, leading the Lady Vandals to the championship at the Altamont Tournament on Saturday.

    Each player more than doubled her season total in kills to lead Vandalia past South Central for the first time in many years in the final game of pool play and then by Cumberland in the title game to give the team a 6-0 start for the first time since coach Allison Smith took over the program in 2004.