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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Oct. 12
    • The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    Thursday, Oct. 13
    • The Lunch Bunch, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Post Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    •  The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

  • News Briefs II

    Coroner gives info on two deaths

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen has released information on two recent deaths.
    Bowen was called to the home of Arthur Martin early last Friday morning.
    Bowen said that Martin, 54, has sustained what he determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He pronounced Martin dead at 6:54 a.m. on Friday.
    Early Monday morning, Bowen said, a rural Mason man was found dead in a bean field in Fayette County.
    The man was identified as Allan Morris, 63, of Mason.

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    Starting a Business
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a workshop, “Starting a Business in Illinois,” on Friday, from 2-4 p.m.  at the KC Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St.  
    Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan as well as a marketing plan; how to get organized and maintain records; determining the form of your business organization; registering your business; and legal and financial basics.

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Oct. 17 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Oct. 18 – Breakfast pizza.
    Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Oct. 20 – Scrambled eggs, sausage links, toast and jelly.   
    Friday, Oct. 21 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch

  • College News

    St. Louis University
    Christopher Britt, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Britt of Vandalia, graduated magna cum laude with a doctorate in medicine from St. Louis University this spring.

  • VHS class of 1961 holds 50-year reunion

    Seventy-nine people – including 52 classmates – gathered in Vandalia the weekend of Sept. 30-Oct. 2 to attend the 50th reunion of the Vandalia High School class of 1961.

  • See You at the Pole

    Several students, faculty and community residents participated in the recent "See You at the Pole" activity at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Oct. 13, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    Phyllis Rames welcomed each guest at Monday’s Evergreen Outreach, which was held this week at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care. The numbers were down because it was Columbus Day.
    Rames called Erna Wasmuth to the microphone, and others joined with her to sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
    Stacey Kistler gave a devotional using “The Word for You Today.” This book is a WJLY radio station devotional for daily reading. Kistler used the Oct. 9 devotion called “Change Can Happen to You.”

  • Church Briefs

    St. James Lutheran to resume schedule

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia will resume its regular worship schedule this Sunday. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
    Because of the street construction in front of the church, worshipers are asked to park in the lot behind the church, which can be accessed from Eighth Street.

    Free photos offered at Bethel Baptist

  • '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.