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Today's News

  • IHSA changes don't affect Fayette County schools

    The Illinois High School Association made two sweeping changes to its by-laws last Thursday, but neither of them affect any Fayette County high schools.

    Because of a discrepancy in the number of schools in each of the four classes in recent years, the IHSA adjusted the enrollment figures for each class, but all seven area high schools’ enrollments leave them in the same classes as before.

    In addition, no school is close to moving up or down a class.

  • Archery club moves range; shoot is Saturday

    The South Central Archery Club has moved its 3D archery range to the circle drive at Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and its next shoot is this Saturday.
    Registration times for the first shoot at the new location are unchanged, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Cash prizes will be given to the top shooters in each of five classes.

  • Brownstown Alumni Reunion

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The reunion will begin with registration and a get re-aquainted time from 4-6 pm. There is no charge for the social hour.
    Serving for the meal will begin at 6 pm and requires reservations by July 9 to guarantee seating with each person’s graduating class. The cost of the meal is $12 per person.

  • Buildings damaged by fire discussed at council meeting

    The owner of a downtown building that was damaged by fire early last year attended last week’s Vandalia City Council meeting to voice his concerns about an alderman’s complaints about that building.
    Mayor Rick Gottman quickly ended discussion on the issue when words between that building owner and an alderman became heated.
    In two prior meetings, Alderman Dean Black had complained about political signs covering window frames in the former home of the local State Farm agency, and said he’d heard complaints from other residents.

  • On Guard!

    At the introductory session of the summer reading program at Evans Public Library last week, a large crowd of local youngsters watched a demonstration on fencing.

    Evan Wallace, right, the No. 1 foil fencer in St. Louis and one of the top-rated fencers in the Midwest high school circuit, jousted with Amanda Millian, a student under instructor Jan Wallace, Erin's mom. Jan Wallace explained the sport of fencing to the children.

  • Three more Vandalia Idol finalists picked

    The Final three contestants have been chosen for the first annual Vandalia Idol competition, sponsored by Soroptimist of Vandalia.

  • Church Briefs-June 16, 2011

    Bible camp set for next week at Overcup
    Overcup Baptist Church will host a Bible camp for children ages of 4-12 next Monday through Friday.
    The camp runs from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening.
    Among the activities planned are daily Bible adventures, crafts, music and snacks.
     
    VBS 'Beach Bash' to be held at Kaskaskia
    A Vacation Bible School Beach Bash will be held the weekend of June 24-26 at Kaskaskia Church in northeast Fayette County.
    The VBS is open to children from 4 years through sixth grade.

  • Evergreen Outreach-June 16, 2011

    By Edith Elliott
    Evergreen Outreach brought lots of smiles on Monday.
    There were songs, balloons, regular jokes, "knock, knock" jokes and devotionals – something for everyone!
    Donna Smith was back to play the piano as guests arrived. It's so good to have her back to play once a month for us. Some of her tunes were: "How Much is That Doggie in the Window?," "Anchors Aweigh," "He's Too Fat for Me" and "The Lily of the Valley."

  • Holy Cross Confirmation Class

    On Sunday, May 22, three young people and three adults were recently received into communicant membership at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. They are, front row from left, Carol Klitzing, Samuel Opfer, Haelé Ruble and Ryan Fiscus. In the back row, from left, are Chris Klitzing, the Rev. Peter Kolb, the Rev. Jerry Bagwell and Randy Fiscus.

  • Minister's Forum

    Recently, a pastor and his small flock made the news by announcing the date of the second coming of Jesus Christ. They were so sure of the date that many of his followers gave away their possessions, quit their day jobs and “hunkered down” in anticipation of the Parousia – the second coming of the Lord.