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Today's News

  • Jump for Joel Marathon attracts 57, raises $5,846

    The third annual Jump for Joel Marathon was held Saturday in St. Elmo. Fifty-seven participants either ran, walked or biked the 26.2-mile route – raising $4,261.22. A spaghetti dinner the night before at St. Elmo Christian Church brought in an additional $1,585.

  • Evergreen Outreach Sept. 29, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    When entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, I was about 30 minutes early, and already, Softfire (David and Patricia Pence) was singing and playing.
    Using the many instruments they play, it was a beautiful quiet time for me. Their voices blended on “God of Israel,” “People Need the Lord,” “Amazing Grace” and other songs. I do believe they sing better each time I hear them.

  • Your spiritual life is either growing or dying

    Life has been so created and ordained by God that it is an active process. It is either growing or dying, one of the two. Nothing that has life stays the same. It is in the process of either growing or dying.

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Oct. 3 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Oct. 4 – French toast sticks w/syrup.
    Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Choice of cereal, muffin.   
    Thursday, Oct. 6 – Choice of cereal, cinnamon tastrie.   
    Friday, Oct. 7 – No school.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch
    Monday, Oct. 3 – Corn dog, carrot sticks, sliced peaches, chocolate pudding cup and milk.    

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    Yoga exercise class
    Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus and the Fayette County YMCA are joining together again to offer a highly sought after yoga exercise class.
     In Yoga, the body is treated with care and respect for it is the primary instrument in man's work and growth. Yoga exercises improve circulation, stimulate the abdominal organs and put pressure on the glandular system of the body, which can generally result to better health.

  • South Central reaches 22nd straight MTC title game

    For the 22nd straight year, the South Central High School baseball team will be playing for the Midland Trail Conference championship, in what is the team's final year in the conference.

    After defeating second-seeded North Clay, 11-5, on Wednesday night, the No. 3 Cougars will battle top-seeded Woodlawn for the conference crown on Friday at 7 p.m. in Kinmundy.

    South Central, which will join the National Trail Conference next season, fell behind early on Wednesday, but a four-run fifth inning, and a six-run seventh inning propelled the team to a win.

  • Barbecue Cook-off Winners

    The winners in the Grande Levée and Corn Day barbecue cook-off are pictured with Audrey Givens of Givens Meat Shop, the sponsor of the event. From left to right are: Chuck Harris, first overall; Rick Tate, second overall; Joey Schaal, first in ribs; Dale Timmermann, first in chicken; and Givens.

  • Birth

    Cameron Parker Hummel
    John and Emily Hummel of Chatham are the parents of a boy born at 8:14 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield.


    He weighed 9 pounds, 11½ ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was named Cameron Parker.
    He has one brother, 20-month-old Ashton.
    Grandparents are Rich and Debby Frailey of Altamont. Great-grandparents are Dennis and Evelyn Meseke, and Mary Frailey, all of Shobonier.

  • Golden Circle Menus

     Thursday, Sept. 29 – Tuna salad, broccoli salad, pickled beets, cantaloupe, whole grain bread.
    Friday, Sept. 30 – Lasagna roll up w/meat sauce, tossed salad, pears, golden glow and garlic bread.
    Monday, Oct. 3 – Pork chops, scalloped potatoes, spinach, banana, oatmeal raisin cookie and whole wheat bread.
    Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Potato soup, ham sandwich, four-bean salad, oranges and crackers.
    Wednesday, Oct. 5 – Roast turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit cocktail in jello and whole grain bread.

  • Birthday

    Lucille Smith
    Lucille Smith of Vandalia will celebrate her 95th birthday on Monday, Oct. 3.


    She has three children: Jon Smith of Sherman, Pat Frost of Gainesville, Fla., and Pam Sapp of Livermoore, Colo.
    She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.