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Today's News

  • Walmart Gives Ceremonial Scissors to City

    Ken Wample, manager of the Vandalia Walmart, recently presented a pair of ceremonial scissors to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman.

    The scissors will be used to cut ribbons at ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

  • Business Briefs

    Bluff employees at Kubota meeting
    Two Bluff Equipment employees and their wives recently attended Kubota Tractor's national dealer's meeting in Dallas.
    Participating in the event were Gail Hall and his wife, Darla, and Bob Langel and his wife, Margaret. They joined more than 1,000 Kubota dealers from across the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company's entry into the U.S. market.
    During the meeting, Hall and Langel attended field demonstrations as well as classroom sessions to gain hands-on experience with Kubota's products.

  • Vandalia Chamber of Commerce honors new businesses at breakfast

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Thursday paid tribute to the owners and managers of businesses that have been launched in Vandalia in the past year.

  • Digital mammography

    After months of raising funds and pursuing grants, Fayette County Hospital has purchased and installed a digital mammography machine, as well as a digital C-arm X-ray machine.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Twenty-nine members and three guests enjoyed a luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia on Thursday, Nov. 15, for the monthly meeting of the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher asked the meal blessing.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for November were read.
    Plans for the Christmas party to be held on Dec. 20 at the same location were discussed.

  • Junior Olympics Medalists

    Three local tumblers won medals at the Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, in August.

    From left to right are: Aurora Richardson, bronze medal; Katie Keeling, gold medal; and Kassidy VanUytven, gold medal. The girls represent Triple A Tumbling in Vandalia and are coached by Larry and Anita Merriman, Deb Richardson and Ashley Sebright.

  • $35,781 raised for Neurofibromatosis

    A fundraising event held last month in Fayette County generated nearly $18,000 for neurofibromatosis research, and an anonymous donation matched that amount, making the total raised $35,781.42.

  • Engagement

    Shannon Marie Harre and Wesley Dean VanZant have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Henry and Connie Harre of Brownstown.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Brownstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Greenville Christian College.
    She is currently employed as a fifth-grade teacher at Greenville Elementary.
    The future groom is the son of Ernest and the late Abigail VanZant of McLeansboro.
    He is a 1999 graduate of McLeansboro High School and a 2001 graduate of Rend Lake College.

  • Anniversary

    Hubert Jr. and Betty Williams of Brownstown will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 29.


    The couple was honored in October at a family reunion in Northern Illinois, where 46 relatives gathered and celebrated the occasion with cake and the sharing of fond memories.
    Those wishing to send greetings may send them to the couple at: P.O. Box 351, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
     

  • School Briefs

    ROE offices closed Nov. 29

    The Regional Office of Education offices in Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 29, for certification/licensure training.
    The offices will re-open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

    Food sanitation refresher
    Kaskaskia College will offer a food service sanitation refresher class at the Vandalia Campus on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.