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Today's News

  • Thursday blood drive in St. Peter

    An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. next Thursday at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.

    It was incorrectly stated in this week's issue that the blood drive is in Vandalia. We apologize for the error.

  • Vandals unable to get victory in individual state preliminaries

    CHAMPAIGN - The Vandals struggled offensively in dropping all four preliminary bouts at the individual state wrestling tournament.

    Battling at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois on Thursday, none of the Vandals who qualified for the event were able to come away with a victory, and only one of them ever had a lead.

  • LIVE UPDATES: IHSA individual wrestling tournament

    CHAMPAIGN -- Please check back throughout the afternoon to see live results and some photos of Vandalia's four matches at the Illinois High School Association individual state tournament.

    The event began on Thursday, and individuals participating are: Chaston Womack (106), Dalton Blankenship (138), Tyler Dagen (145) and Zach Jackson (160).

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    FRIDAY

  • Brownstown quilt drawing some comments about local residents

    Last week’s story about the mysterious quilt found in a bag in a closet of Brownstown house has stirred up some interest, answers, more questions and more interesting stories to follow up on.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Cow Eyes’ Being Made in the Homestead Pasture
    One of the  heifer youngsters, Minny, and neighbor Scott’s bull (which we now call “Romeo”) are making cow eyes at each other, but unfortunately (for them) they are separated by the lane and two electric fences. They were also communicating verbally with forlorn-sounding calls.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Grandchildren
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their grandchildren, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., while their parents were out of town.
    On Saturday, they attended Madison’s basketball game.
    On Sunday, they all visited with Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Birth
    Ryan and Donna Gullion of Effingham are the parents of twin boys born on Feb. 10, 2013.
    Jaxson Reece weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and Jayden Dean weighed 6 pounds, 5.5 ounces. Both were 19 inches long.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 14
    • Happy Valentine’s Day!
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, February 15

  • Riedle Law Office Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at Riedle Law Office in downtown Vandalia.

    Matthew Riedle, a Vandalia native, is beginning his practice at 308 W. Gallatin St. The telephone number is 283-7225 and the firm's website is www.RiedleLaw.com.

  • John H. Crawford & Associates Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at the new offices of John H. Crawford & Associates, a civil engineering firm headquartered in Carterville.

    The Vandalia office, which opened in November, is located at 815 W. Fletcher St. The telephone number is 283-7044. Sherry Meador is the grant manager for the local office.

  • Octochem Expansion

    With most of the steel work now up, the new addition to Octochem Inc. is changing the appearance of the industrial area on Vandalia's north side.

    Located at 2090 Wagner St., Octochem is owned by Vandalia native Mark Langston and employs about 60 people.