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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Sunrise service, breakfast set at Northside

    Northside Christian Church will be holding a sunrise service this Sunday, beginning at 6:30 a.m. It will be held outside, weather permitting.
    Immediately following the service, a free breakfast will be served by the men of the church. The regular service will be at 9 a.m.

    St. James, Zion to hold sunrise services

    An Easter sunrise service will be held at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

  • In the resurrection, God has conquered sin, death

    “On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb” (John 20:1).

  • Chamber seeking donations

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is seeking donations to its college scholarship program.
    Each year, the organization awards two $500 scholarships – one to a graduating high school student and one to a non-traditional student. All recipients must have a connection to a member of the chamber – as an employee, child of an employee or the child of a member. Applications are due by March 29.
    To donate to the program, call the chamber office at 283-2728.
     

  • The Law Group conducts firm retreat in St. Louis

    LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke  & Payne Law Group Ltd. held a weekend firm retreat on March 8-9. The focus of the retreat was ways to better serve the firm's clients.
    Attending the event at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis were Larry L. LeFevre, David A. Oldfield, James Richard Myers, Pamela J. Apke, Troy G. Payne and Michael P. Jones.
    Participants addressed the impact of technological innovations and the sharing of electronic information. The firm is seeking ways to better serve its clients through the Internet, e-mail and mobile communications.

  • FCH receives accreditation in mammography by ACR

    Fayette County Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases.

  • Eckhardt is honored by Thrivent Financia

    Ryan Eckhardt of Altamont, a wealth adviser with the Cumberland Trail Associates Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012.

  • Jeans for Charity

    First National Bank recently started a program called "Jeans For Charity" in which employees can pay $10 per month for the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays.

    The money collected will be donated to area charities. The bank's Vandalia location started the program in January, donating the money raised to Second Chance Animal Rescue. The Patoka bank continued the promotion in February, donating their proceeds to the Patoka Food Pantry. Shown above – wearing their jeans – are staffers from Vandalia.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Cody Alan Lange
    Brownstown
    Jamie Lynn Kimbro
    Brownstown

    Dewayne Edward Brown
    Vandalia
    Kathy Jo Brown
    Vandalia

    Chad James Dunaway
    Vandalia
    Melinda Sue Petrea
    Vandalia
     

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Paul Zeman, president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, announced that he had formed a 21-member committee to study the possibility of annexing land between Vandalia’s city limits and Vandalia Lake into the city.
    Students at Vandalia Junior High School were learning about the 1940s during a week of across-the-curriculum activities. The week included an evening presentation for parents and others in the community.

  • The Donaldsons' latch key was always out

    “They were a hardy set of people, honest and upright in all their dealings, social and kind, the latch string always on the outside.” That was how Presley Garner Donaldson described the early settlers of Northern Fayette County who commenced coming about 1825.
    Around 1910, there was a popular movement for people to publish their memoirs.  Fayette County is fortunate that Presley G. Donaldson told the story of his life in a book titled, "Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson," printed at Cowden’s  Jewett Printery in 1908.