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Today's News

  • Joy Lawson speaks at Mother-Daughter Banquet

    By Panzi Blackwell
    First Baptist Church of Vandalia held its annual Mother-Daughter Dinner last Thursday.
    Elaine Culbertson welcomed  the room filled with grandmothers, mothers, daughters and their guests.

  • Day of Prayer caps week of events

    More than 100 people were on hand for the Fayette County Prayer Breakfast last Thursday morning at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • Evergreen Outreach-May 12, 2011

    By Edith Elliott
    After the week of prayer and a great Mother’s Day worship service, one might think Evergreen Outreach might prove to be anticlimactic. But EO proved not to be a descent, but a further climb of celebration.
    Are you aware of the blessings we have right here in Vandalia? As I entered Wesley Hall, Phyllis Thoman at the piano, entertained with many tunes. Some were “Shortenin' Bread,” “Good Ole’ Summertime,” “This Land Is Your Land” and many others.

  • Running is good for the body and the soul

    As I work on this article, I am done with three miles of running on a local gym’s treadmill. I won’t say it is easy, although it is easier than it was one year ago, when I could only walk one mile, followed by two days of groaning.

  • Senior Spotlight: Robert Collinsworth

    GREENVILLE – In 2005, Belgium released a coin to represent the 60 years of peace in Europe since the end of World War II.

    The coin features a phoenix, a mythological bird that is often used to express a rebirth or revival, rising from the ashes to symbolize the post-1945, or reborn, Europe.

    Like Belgium, Vandalia senior Robert Collinsworth has also made the phoenix a permanent reminder of a rebirth in his history.

  • The Morel of the Story

    Kristin Davison of Vandalia displays a large number of mushrooms found during a recent hunting expedition.

  • St. Elmo wins EIC Tournament; places fourth in NTC

    The St. Elmo High School softball team came-from-behind to win the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament on Saturday.

    Facing a 7-0 deficit after  2 1/2 innings against Mulberry Grove, the Lady Eagles used a two-run home run from senior Brooke Maxey, who was named a co-MVP of the EIC, and back-to-back-to-back RBI hits to score five times in the bottom of the third to change the game's complexion.

    The Lady Aces would again take a lead, however, scoring once in each the fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-5 advantage.

  • Birthdays

    Priscilla McDowell
    Priscilla McDowell of Bingham will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Fillmore Lake.


    She requests no gifts. Cards may be sent to her at: RR 1, Box 79, Bingham, Ill. 62011.

  • Births

    Heavyn Lee Ray Johnson
    Jason and Sarah Johnson of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 8:14 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Morris Hospital in Morris.

  • Austin, Bell get wins at conference meet

    GREENVILLE – Senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin both won individual events at the South Central Conference Championships on Tuesday, helping the Vandals place fifth as a team.

    For Austin, getting to the 300-meter hurdles may have been more of a challenge than actually winning the race.

    In the 110-meter hurdles, the runner in the lane next him inadvertently knocked a hurdle into Austin's lane, making him stumble and finish last.