Today's News

  • Vandals earn season-opening 42-14 victory against Gillespie

    Led by two long touchdown runs and stifling play from the defensive line, the Vandalia football team came away a 42-14 win against Gillespie in Friday night's season-opener.

    Senior Ryan Ambuehl rumbled 69 yards for a touchdown at the end of the first quarter, and senior Luke Smith added a 43-yard run for his second score of the game in the fourth quarter to lead the Vandal offense.

    Defensively, senior Jeff Lucken had a monster game in Gillespie's backfield, recording two sacks, one sack assist and two other tackles for loss.

  • Rhoades inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame

    Nearly 19,000 adults volunteer annually to assist with local 4-H programs across the state. An elite group of those volunteers were honored Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

    Four local volunteers were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation’s Hall of Fame, including Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey.

  • Completes Youth Police Program

    Iris Daiber of Vandalia graduated from the American Legion Youth Police Program on June 29. Daiber was sent to the program by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.

  • Reunions

    Descendants of the late John Harlen and Mary Etta (Stone) Shepard gathered at Patoka Christian Church in Patoka on May 26 for a carry-in dinner.
    Twenty-seven members of the family attended the reunion. Diane Arnold offered the blessing for the meal.

  • Siblings Reunion

    Children of William and Sophia Ehrat recently enjoyed a reunion in Vandalia with their sister, Dorothea Albright (seated).

    Behind her, from left to right, are Grace Albrecht of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Walter Ehrat of Vandalia; Berniece McCoy of Denver, Colo.; Arthur Ehrat of Virden; and Ruth Ruprecht of Salem.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Hayes family are shown. From left to right are Lisa Radliff, Jessica Peyton, Mary Hayes, Brittney Radliff and Abigail Radliff.

  • Reunion

    On Sunday, Aug. 12, descendants of Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Frazier Buzzard held a reunion at the Greenland Baptist Church in the new Fellowship Hall at Beecher City. At least 110 descendants and friends attended.
    The church was founded and built on one acre of land donated by Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Buzzard 153 years ago.
    Shirley Gregg Hall and Carol Buzzard Bell greeted everyone at the registration table, having all sign in and giving everyone name tags for names and designating which child of Daniel and Mary’s they descended from.

  • Births

    Ella Karyne & Kaly Grace Benning
    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters born on Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17½ inches long.
    They have a brother, Marcus, age 3½.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Al Niemeyer of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 2, with an open house from 2-4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Newburn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7.

    Ronald Newburn and Barbara Young were married on Sept. 7, 1962, at Macedonia Christian Church in rural St. Elmo. Their attendants were Edwin Mattix of St. Elmo and Marjorie (Young) Daugherty of Louisville, Ill.
    The couple will celebrate their anniversary at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Macedonia Christian Church.
    Family members, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.