Today's News

  • Schaal & Associates to hold open house

    Schaal and Associates Real Estate of Vandalia will be hosting a customer appreciation open house on Friday, Dec. 2, from 3-7 p.m.
    The event, which is to say thanks to past and present clients, will be held at the agency’s offices at 112 N. Kennedy Boulevard.
    Participants in the open house are asked to bring a can of food to donate to the CEFS food pantry.

  • Holiday Inn Express wins Torchbearer Award

    The Holiday Inn Express of Vandalia has received the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Torchbearer Award, the company’s most prestigious award.
    Presented during IHG’s Investors and Leadership Conference in Las Vegas last month, the award recognizes the local hotel for achieving the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of the operation.
    In making the presentation, Kirk Kinsell, president of the IHG of the Americas, said:

  • FCH opens Cancer Resource Center

    Cancer patients and their families now will have a place to do research about the disease and learn about services available to them.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘The Power of the Pen’
    (or the keyboard, in this case)
    “A funny thing happened on the way” out of a store in Effingham Friday. I was getting checked out at the cash register when a customer in line behind me asked if I was Panzi Blackwell. Surprised, (this was in Effingham) I said “yes.”
    She said she never misses reading the column and began talking about the critters and mentioned the recent loss of Anita hen. She was very sympathetic as we discussed “the incident.”

  • Brownstown Drug Seminar

    Brownstown Police Chief Ted Miller (below) gave a brief seminar last Monday evening to educate local residents about current drug trends. Miller shows some of the different types of apparatus used to smoke various types of drugs.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mitch’s brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria.
    Ben Eller joined the family later on Saturday.
    Christmas Cantata

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Nov. 24
    • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, Nov. 27
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches will have an Advent service at 3 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, which is handicapped accessible.
    Monday, Nov. 28
    • Monday is the last day to make reservations for the Royal Neighbors of America Christmas dinner, which will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Those planning to attend need to call Della Stewart at 829-3394 or Irene Reed at 829-5156.

  • Operation Christmas Child

    Volunteers loaded up 1,511 boxes for Operation Christmas Child at First United Methodist Church on Monday morning.

    Volunteers pictured are Al McDowell, Frank Roeder, Kent Merry, Darrell Casey, Gary Doolin, Bud  and Jill Zimmer, Wolf and Jeanne Schlicht, Larry and Linda Williams, and Dr. Roger Grimmett. The boxes contain toys, hygiene items and school supplies for needy children. The goal was 1,200 boxes.

  • Evergreen Outreach Nov. 24

    By Joyce Mueller
    Chilly, gray days seem much brighter with holiday happenings. Nowhere are there more inspired people than our Evergreen Outreach volunteers and guests, who now are anticipating the upcoming day of Thanksgiving.
    Our holiday program began with Bernie Ray at the piano. Some of her selections included: "Beautiful Ohio," "Now is the Hour," "Pearly Shells," "Harbor Lights" and "Release Me."

  • We must re-evaluate our commitments, priorities

    Many of today’s young adults were not the No. 1 object of their parents' affection.