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Today's News

  • Country school reunion is in Patoka on Saturday

    The 19th annual Country School Reunion will be held this Saturday at the Patoka Civic Center, 201 W. Bond St.
    The reunion is for all former pupils and their families of the following schools: Bear Creek, East Chapel, West Chapel, Okaw, Shady Grove, Toad Island, White Haven and Wisher.
    A potluck dinner is at 12:30 p.m., and all attending are asked to provide a covered dish.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Food service courses
    Kaskaskia College will offer two food service courses at the Vandalia Campus this summer.
    The food service sanitation certification course will be held on Saturdays, July 7 and 14, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The registration number for the class is COOK 074 VA01W.
    A food service sanitation refresher class will be held on Saturday, July 7, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The registration number is COOK 075 VA01W.
    These courses are designed to provide the student with vital sanitary information applying to food service management.

  • IPA Award Recipients

    The Illinois Principals Association-Kaskaskia Region recognized supporters of education and the IPA at its 16th annual Member Awards Dinner in April in Hillsboro.

  • Vandalia Campus is host for KC's first community meeting

    Kaskaskia College began its first of a series of Community Engagement Meetings with a gathering at the college’s Vandalia Campus on Tuesday, June 12.
    The meeting kicked off a round of open community forums with the Board of Trustees Chairman John W. Hawley and KC President Dr. Jim Underwood.  The forums will continue in the coming weeks, with meetings scheduled for Greenville on June 26 and Salem on July 10.
    “We are interested in hearing from our communities,” Underwood said.

  • Birthdays

    Betty Abendroth
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Betty Abendroth will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo. The open house is being held by her children.
    The family requests that those attending not take gifts.
    Cards may be sent to: Betty Abendroth, RR 2, Box 66, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

    Margaret Adermann

    A card shower has been requested for Margaret Adermann of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 90th birthday next Monday.

  • Lawson reunion is planned

    Several months ago, two members of the Lawson family began researching their family history on ancestry.com from different areas in the United States.
    Through the wonders of the Internet and Facebook, they have connected and would like to connect with more of the extended family.
    Based on what family members have learned, they probably have relatives in each of the 50 states.
    Therefore, there will be a Lawson family reunion, on Saturday, July 28, at St. James Lutheran Church, located at 727 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.

  • In Uniform

    PFC Kristin R. Davison
    PFC Kristin R. Davison entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 2011, and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Oct. 20, 2011.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James, Zion to hold service at lake

    St. James Lutheran and Zion Lutheran churches will hold a joint service at Vandalia Lake on Sunday, June 24.
    The 10:30 a.m. service will be held at the Lions Pavilion, and will be followed by a potluck meal.
    Participants are asked to bring a covered dish and table service.

    Lesters' concert set for Fourth of July

    The Lesters of St. Louis will appear in concert at the Fourth of July  celebration at Lake Hillsboro. They will perform at 8 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    The program manager for this outreach meeting was Beverly Hood. She introduced singers Judy Varga and Randy Schukar, who would perform later.
    The refreshments of cookies and tea were provided by Retha Burnam and Priscilla Roeder. Bernie Ray played the piano while everyone enjoyed their refreshments and visited; with 10 tables full of people visiting and catching up from last week, it does take a while to catch up on things.

  • What does it take to be a great Christian?

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