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Today's News

  • Church Briefs-Feb. 24, 2011

    Rummage sale this Saturday at FUMC

    A rummage sale will be held this Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Sponsored by the United Methodist Women, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall, in the lower level of the church. Enter from the back door of the church, which is located at 127 N. Fourth St.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Handbell registration deadline Saturday

  • Billy Ray Cyrus' heart is aching and breaking

    The following is an excellent blog recently posted by Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family. Every parent needs to read this.
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    Even if you don’t follow pop culture, you’ve inevitably read or heard of the teen actress Miley Cyrus. Playing the wholesome character, Hannah Montana, on her popular Disney television show of the same name several years ago, Miss Cyrus was catapulted into entertainment’s stratosphere.

  • Births-FEb. 24, 2011

    Delaney Elizabeth Levanti
    Lucas and Jessica Levanti of West Frankfort are the parents of a girl born at 5:17 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

  • Card Showers

    Earl Hovious
    A card shower has been requested for Earl Hovious of Brownstown who will celebrate his 89th birthday on Thursday, March 3.


    Cards may be sent to him at: P.O. Box 57, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Hood – 50 years

    Rodes and Beverly Hood of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th  wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 25.
    Rodes and the former Beverly Brown were married on Feb. 25, 1961, at the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Mo.
    He is the son of the late C. Rodes and Maurine Hood of Bowling Green, Mo., and she is the daughter of the late William and Fay Brown of Whiteside, Mo.

  • Mayfield – 25 years

    Layne and Brenda Mayfield of Vandalia will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 28.
    Layne and the former Brenda Duckworth were married on Feb. 28, 1986, at United Methodist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    Their attendants were Vicky Huber, sister of the bride, and Kevin Griffin, friend of the groom.
    They are the parents of one son, Marion, who is currently stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Layne and Brenda visited him in December in honor of their anniversary.

  • Barker – 50 years

    Danny and Linda Barker of Brownstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the renewal of vows at Kaskaskia Church, with the Rev. Kent “Peewee” Denton officiating the ceremony.
    Danny and the former Linda Jennings were married on Feb. 7, 1961, at the home of Dewey and Phebe Jennings.
    They are the parents of three sons: Doug and his wife Renee Barker, and Dwayne and his wife Tammy Barker, both of Brownstown, and Darrell and his wife Patti Barker of Hutto, Texas.

  • Medicine Shoppe expansion creates more room, services

    An expansion project that nearly doubled the retail area of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Vandalia is now complete.
    Keri Henry, pharmacist and owner, said the project will allow the store to provide more services to its customers and to display more products.

  • Home & Garden Show is March 12

    Area residents wanting to learn about the newest products and services available for the home and garden can do so without leaving town by attending the annual Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden Show.
    The Saturday, March 12, event will be held at the Vandalia Junior High School gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    In addition to the chamber, the co-sponsors of the event are The Leader-Union and WKRV/WPMB.

  • Cut Loose Salon opens doors in Vandalia

    After working together in another local shop, five Vandalia women this month launched a beauty salon of their own.
    Known as Cut Loose Salon, the new shop is owned equally by the five women – Jenny Lay, Angel Kopp, Lisa Melton, Emily Alderson and Kallye Eyman. It is located in the former Beauty Boutique suite in the old Day and Night Grocery building at 427 W. Orchard St.
    Though the women have been preparing the building for the past month, the salon opened on Monday, Feb. 14.