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Today's News

  • Business Briefs

    Kull Funeral Home to plant more trees
    as memorials

    Kull Funeral Homes of Altamont and St. Elmo has renewed its affiliation with the Lofty Oaks Association, a New Hampshire-based organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Illinois.
    The firm arranges to have a tree planted for each service that it performs. By doing so, it provides a living memorial in honor of the deceased and also renews the forest life in the state.

  • Physician joins the staff at Vandalia Healthcare Center

    Carl Castle, DO, a family medicine physician, has joined the medical staff at Vandalia Healthcare Center, which is located at 1510 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Castle has more than 25 years of experience in family medicine, and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
    He completed his residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.

  • Price retires from FCH Board

    Norris Price of Ramsey recently attended his last meeting as a member of the Fayette County Hospital District Board.

  • New Rotary Officers

    The 2011-12 officers for the Vandalia Rotary Club were sworn in at the club's June 23 banquet.

    They are, from left, President Lyn Gartke, Vice President Roger Grimmett, Treasurer Tom McCarty and Secretary Rodes Hood. Kevin Childers was the president during the 2010-11 year. Also at the banquet, Hood was named Rotarian of the Year and Debra Hughes was named an honorary Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Chris Chappel is named Louer project manager

    Vandalia native Chris Chappel has joined Louer Facility Planning Inc. of Collinsville as a project manager.

  • Evans Library receives grant

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is one of about 60 Illinois public libraries selected to receive a “Business and Libraries Working Together” grant to assist local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
    “We are pleased to have been chosen as a recipient of the grant,” said Jessica Blain, director of the local library. “We hope the contents will be beneficial to the community.”
    The grants came from the office of Jesse White, secretary of state and state librarian.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Twenty-five members and seven guests attended the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club meeting on June 30 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Guests present were Bob and Debbie Booher from Dolpin Island; Al, Kenneth and Angie Hagen from Shelbyville; Jane Hammond from Greenville; and Marge Harre and Pam Orr from Brownstown.
    The pledge to the flag was followed with Pat Caldwell giving the prayer before the meal.
    After the meal, Dean Black called the meeting to order and gave a special welcome to all the guests.

  • Reunions

    Elam
    The 73rd annual Elam family reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building, with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Please take a covered dish to share and your own table service.

    Fish
    The annual Fish family reunion was held on Sunday, June 19, at the Vera Baptist Church fellowship hall.
    Those attending were:
    • Vandalia – Erma Warner; Harold, Kim, Aydin, Abram and Owen Warner; Trent Casey; and Brodie, Addison and Taylor Pryor.

  • Birthdays

    Max and Marge Watson
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at St. Elmo Christian Church to celebrate the birthdays of Max and Marge Watson. Marge celebrated her 90th birthday on March 4, and Max will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sept. 12.
    All family members and friends are invited to the celebration.

  • Births

    Markus Jarry Alexsander Rhodes
    Steven and Alecia Rhodes of New Haven, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 9:07 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo.