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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Recap of 2012 (just the last 2-3 weeks)
    Has a Higher Power been trying to tall me something – Is the electronic age rebelling against me … or is it my hair (which sometimes seems to attract electric waves) ??
    In recent weeks, # 1-Unsolicited by me, my laptop was being “updated” (apparently by Yahoo) every time I opened it for two days! Results? Many procedures were changed, including the one to e-mail photographs.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, January 2
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, January 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. Dona Strullmyer of Altamont will give a travelogue. All persons interested are invited to attend.
    Monday, January 7

  • Masonic Lodge Past Masters

    Past worship masters of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F & A.M. in Vandalia for 2013 were honored at a dinner recently.

    In front, from left to right, are Jimmy McNutt, Mark Augenstein, Harold Baumann, Cecil Richey, Winfred Morrison and Mark Miller. In back are Mike Gidcumb, Lonnie Langley, Tim McMillan, Johnny Crotser and Larry Cantrell, and District Deputy Dennis Nance.

  • Masonic Lodge Officers

    Officers of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F & A.M. in Vandalia for 2013 are shown.

    In front, from left, are Mark Miller, Jimmy McNutt, Mark Augenstein, Harold Baumann, Worshipful Master Gerald Libsack, Larry Rench and Winfred Morrison. In back are Tim McMillan, Jamie McNutt, installing officer Kenneth Braye, Kenneth Hubler, Johnny Crotser and District Deputy Dennis Nance.

  • Engel Brothers Donates to South Central HS

    Engel Brothers Ford, South Central High School Athletics, FBLA and volunteers raised the maximum of $8,000 for the high school at a recent event as part of Ford Motor Company’s “Drive One 4UR School” program.

  • Reznick has art at EIU exhibition

    A Vandalia woman is among artists from throughout the state participating in an exhibition on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
    Lynn Reznick has entered a watercolor, “Buchanan’s Garage Door,” in the 19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois at the Tarble Arts Center at EIU in Charleston.
    The exhibition opened on Dec. 8 and runs through Feb. 24.

  • Longwell-Elam

    Sarah Mae Longwell and Donald Wayne Elam, both of Effingham, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.


    The future bride is the daughter of Irma Clements and Leroy Longwell Sr. of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Donald F. Elam and Mary Ann Elam of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a private wedding on Aug. 17 of this year.

  • Marler-Sprague

    Shawna Renee Marler of Mulberry Grove and David Andrew Sprague of Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Bible verses prompt five New Year's resolutions

    As a new civil year begins, many make life-changing resolutions to improve their situation, enhance their relationships or make this world a better place. The variety of resolutions is as broad as the many facets of our lives and as difficult or easy as the habits we have formed.

  • Senior Spotlight: Michael Wells

    VANDALIA – Michael Wells is not one to brag about his athletic accomplishments.

    But that didn’t stop everyone else from taking note of last Friday’s career game for Wells, when  he scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Maroa-Forsyth to lead the Vandals into the championship game of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament for the first time since 2005.

    Numerous phone and Facebook messages were left for Wells that night, but after the game, he was thinking of everybody but himself.