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Today's News

  • 'Customized' Christianity isn't biblical Christianity

    There it was – the headline caught my attention – and begged for my audience: “More Americans customize religion to fit their personal needs.” This headline was on the second page of the USA Today newspaper, dated Sept. 13, 2011.
    I read every line with great interest.

  • Benjamin Joshua Williams

    Benjamin Joshua Williams
    Nathaniel and Tricia Williams of St. Elmo are the parents of a boy born at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • 4-H, Walmart team up

    On Saturday, Oct. 22, young people in Fayette County will join employees from the Vandalia Walmart to celebrate the county 4-H program and encourage artistic expression.
    Walmart will host youth in the store from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn more about the 4-H visual arts project.
    Young people will learn fun ways to decorate pumpkins for the fall season, and each youth will take home, at no cost, a pumpkin he or she decorated.
    Families can learn more about joining a local 4-H club from University of Illinois Extension Educator Judy Mae Bingman.

  • Retired Postal Employee

    Donna Blair, right, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years and four months. She is shown with Vandalia Post Office Postmaster Tammy Smith.

  • Halmagyi – Parvin

    Viktoria Halmagyi of Vandalia and C. Landon Parvin of Fredericksbug, Va., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee.
    The future groom is a writer.
    They will be married on Sunday, Nov. 13, following the worship service at St. James Lutheran Church.
     

  • Adcock-Hasenmyer

    Samantha Lynn Adcock and Jeffery Stephen Hasenmyer, both of Greenville, have announced their engagement.

  • Colgan-Brown

    Jessica Colgan and Mike Brown have announced their upcoming marriage.
    The future bride is the daughter of Bob Colgan of Chaffee, Mo.

  • Taylor elected VVFD chief

    Ed Taylor Jr.was elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department's business meeting last Wednesday.

    Taylor, who is in his 32nd year on the department, was promoted from first assistant chief. He joined the department in 1979, and has been first assistant chief since February 1998.

    Taylor succeeds Merle Adermann, who retired last month after 37 years on the department and 19 years as the VVFD chief.

  • Business Briefs

    Crete Carrier Corp. names Berst 'driver of month'
    Vandalia resident, Robert Berst, has been named "driver of the month" at the Crete Carrier Corp. terminal in Indianapolis.
    Berst, who started driving for Crete Carrier 12 years ago, has logged 1.5 million miles. For the award, he received a plaque, and he will compete with other monthly winners for the company's "driver of the year" award.

  • Pumpkin Project

    Eight-year-old Lexi Wehrle, back, learned a lesson about running a business this summer.