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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Life Chain rally to be held Saturday

    A Life Chain rally will be held this Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at the corner of Kennedy  Boulevard and Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers say that the rally will be a "peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for prayer for our nation and for an end to abortion."
    Only official Life Chain signs will be used during the event, and will be made available to participants.

  • See You at the Pole

    Students at Vandalia High School observed "See You at the Pole" day last Wednesday.

    The nationwide, student-led movement encourages students to gather around their school's flagpole and pray for their school and their community. This year's observance, led by Ryan Ambuehl, involved several students, teachers and community residents. A similar event was held at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith, Monday's pianist at Evergreen Outreach, started the meeting with many golden oldies. They included "God Bless America," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Good Old Dad," "Mocking Bird Hill" and "Bless This House."
    Volunteers Marie Sutton, Charlene Jett, Jeanne Schlicht, Jill Zimmerman and Ruth Ann Scott served cookies, ice cream and drinks.

  • Minister's Forum

    We must be extremely cautious to not impose a personal view into the Scriptures. As teachers and students of the word, we must “rightly divide the word.” Being a good steward of the word is a weighty responsibility.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Starting a Small Business class
    The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College will host a “Starting a Small Business in Illinois” workshop on Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Workforce Center, 325 S. Poplar St. in Centralia.
    Topics to be covered include: how to develop a business plan and a marketing plan; and how to get organized and maintain records.
    Other topics will include: determining the form of your business organization; and legal and financial basics.

  • Durbin donates to Patoka FFA

    Durbin Vet Clinic recently donated $528 to the Patoka FFA chapter. The donation was made possible by a Pfizer Animal Health program.

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Helen Stine, 90, of Brownstown, died on Sept. 22. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Thursday of last week.
    Benefit
    Several people from St. Peter attended the benefit for Rita Siemer, mother of Amy Reiss of St. Peter, in Sigel on Saturday.
    Among those attending were Dane and Belinda Harpster, Larry and Sue Urban, Jed and Lori Goeckner, Shannon Brauer, Robbi Meade, John and Judy Schnarre, Leland and Amy Reiss, and Braden Will.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 190.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … enjoyed the weekend very much, as the great-grandchildren from Decatur were on the Homestead over the weekend, and spent a lot of their time petting him.
    When he would see one (or more) kids coming towards his barn, he would run to his window and stick his head out to be petted. He especially enjoyed running alongside his fence, racing with Gage.
    He looked very debonair and handsome in his new, red halter and beautiful long ears, as Emily, Cheyenne, Savannah and Austin petted him and talked to him.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, October 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, October 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club members will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to the Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch and Summer Breeze Winery, both south of St. Elmo. The first stop will be at the pumpkin patch; club business meeting and refreshments will be at the winery.

  • Vandalia's mysterious cupola building

     I like mysteries. One of the longest-running unanswered Vandalia mysteries for me has centered around the "Anthenaeum," a capitol-era theatre facing the public square from its location on Fourth Street.