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Today's News

  • College Graduates

    ITT Technical Institute
    Derek Woolsey of Vandalia graduated from ITT Technical Institute in Earth City, Mo., on March 31.
    The commencement exercises were held at the Marriott Airport Grand Ballroom in St. Louis.
    Woolsey, the son of Kent and Tammy Woolsey, received a bachelor's degree in information systems security. He is a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School.

    WIU

    More than 1,640 students earned academic degrees after the 2011 spring semester at Western Illinois University.

  • Helping Earthquake victims

    Blythe Smith of Vandalia was one of 11 Missouri Baptist University  students to travel to Haiti to rebuild a family’s house that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. The students went on the mission trip from May 5 to May 14 to assist the work of Bethel Mission Outreach, a multifaceted mission organization located in Croix Des Bouquets, Haiti. This is the fourth consecutive year MBU has partnered with Bethel Mission. The Haitian family of six whose house the group rebuilt had been living in a tent since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

  • Palecek Honored

    Amy M. Palacek of Brownstown has been awarded the FEI Scholarship by the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Business. The scholarship was presented at the school's recent scholarship and awards program. Palecek (center) is shown with Michael Costigan (left), chair professor of accounting, and Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business.

  • School Briefs

    VCSF Golf Outing is this Friday

    The second annual Vandalia Community Schools Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 17, at Vandalia Country & Golf Club.
    The format is a four-person, 18-hole golf scramble, with shotgun tee times at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    The entry fee is $160 per team, or $40 per person. Both teams and individuals may sign up.
    Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of both the morning and afternoon rounds. Lunch will be provided for all participants from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Retired Teachers' Scholarship

    Meagan Wright, left, was named as the recipient of a scholarship offered by the Fayette County Retired Teachers. She is receiving the scholarship award from Billyanna Forbis of the retired teachers group.

  • Perfect attendance at JPS

    These six students at Jefferson Primary School had perfect attendance for the 2010-11 school year, and were presented with new bicycles during a special school assembly on May 31. In front are first-graders Jadie Keck and Elizabeth Barenfanger. In back are first-graders Jayce Murray and Carson Graumenz, and kindergarten students Owen Miller and Tristan Eller. Miller also had perfect attend ancein pre-K last year.

  • Kaskaskia College news

    'Community Engagement' set

    Dr. Jim Underwood, president of Kaskaskia College and Bill Hawley, chairman of the KC Board of Trustees, invite the public to join them for a “Community Engagement” meeting at the Vandalia Campus on Monday, June 27.
    The event is being held for Underwood and Hawley to meet with area residents to provide input and discuss the operations of Kaskaskia College.
    Area residents are welcome to stop by the campus between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 545-3036.

  • Wal-Mart grand re-opening is Friday

    The Vandalia Walmart, located at 201 N. Mattes Ave., will celebrate a grand re-opening this Friday, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience.
    The results of a two-month remodeling project will be  unveiled at 7:30 a.m.
    Among the many improvements are a new layout, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.

  • Frogtown News

    Return Home
    Elijah and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., returned home after spending a week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Some Things We Take for Granted…
    …and do not bother inquire to whom we should give the credit.