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Today's News

  • Minister's Forum

    Not long ago, I was traveling home from a visit with my daughter and I made a stop in Atlanta.
    While waiting in the gate area for the flight to St. Louis, I noticed two things that could be used for this article.

  • Special Library Program

    The summer reading program is under way at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

    This week's special program was presented by Bill Beard, who produced animals and other figures out of balloons. The photo above shows the crowd on hand for Tuesday's program. In the photo at right, Beard explains one of his creations to the children. Next week's program, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the city parking lot, will have a circus theme.
     

  • HCE Collects Tabs

    The Brownstown School District joined with the Sefton Unit Home and Community Education to collect pop top tabs for the St. Louis Ronald McDonald House.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Barn Critters Doing Well…
    …in spite of the hot, dry temperatures.
    Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, and his buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, and Sugarfoot, the little beautiful black stallion, do not seem to be bothered by the heat.
    In the past, if they showed signs of being too hot, we put a fan in their window, which helped. However, it hasn’t been necessary yet this year.

  • Frogtown News

    Story Worth Telling
    Some of you may remember a story published a few years ago, about my Godson, Seth Bergmann, who saved his grandfather’s life by running several blocks and getting help.
    Well, he again has done something worth telling. He turned 5 back in November, and he received money (from myself and several others) instead of a gift.
    After several failed promises to take him shopping (myself included), he told his mother he wanted to go shopping with his birthday money – grocery shopping.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Public Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    • The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 8 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Friday, June 15

  • Shriners Donate to Fireworks

    The Vandalia Shrine Club and its Tin Lizzie Patrol recently each donated $250 to the Vandalia Lions Club for the Lions' Fourth of July fireworks display over Vandalia Lake.

    Dean Black of the Lions Club (center) accepts the donations from Charlie Carroll (left), Tin Lizzie president, and Dan Yakel (right), Shrine Club president.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 60 years ago, shows three friends. All three are now retired.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – With power outages in the summer a possibility, Mayor Sandra Leidner was wanting the city of Vandalia to develop an emergency plan.
    At the Vandalia City Council meeting, it was reported that the city's sewer odor problem appeared to be on the mend.
    Victor and Betty Hill of Van-dalia, and Alva and Maxine Lovall of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Bill and Marie Durbin were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Zent Drive was home of Jeremiah Zent

    Have you ever wondered why, when they got around to naming the roads near Vandalia Lake, the main road snaking over what locals refer to as “Thrill Hill” was named Zent Drive?
    As with many of Vandalia’s streets, it was named for a family whose settlement here was important to the area. But unlike other street designations, Jeremiah Zent settled near the road that would later bear his name.