Today's News

  • First Baptist Church hosts ladies' banquet

    More than 100 members and guests enjoyed the annual Ladies' Spring Banquet last Thursday at First Baptist Church.

  • Minister's Forum

    I remember visiting with someone who has always left a lasting impression on me. It was when I was serving my first church after graduating from seminary.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Funny Thing Happened…
    …as friend, Flo Allen , and I were having a telephone conversation.
    All of a sudden, in mid-sentence, she exclaimed, “Oh My!,” in a rather distressed voice.
    Fearing some terrible happening, I asked what was the matter and she replied, “A big mother ‘possum just went past my window with six baby opossums on her back.” I asked her to be merciful towards them, because, after all, we just observed Mother’s Day.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Friday evening, they went to Chesterfield and dined at the Old Spaghetti Factory and then shopped at Chesterfield Mall.
    On Saturday, they shopped and visited area wineries.
    On Sunday morning, Mahala took Belinda out for Mother’s Day brunch.
    Adam and Molly Braun of Vandalia are the parents of a son, born on May 7, 2012.
    He has been named Harrison Randal.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, May 17
    • Friendship Manor Nursing Home Week activity – Olympics and ballpark snacks, 2 p.m.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, May 18
    • Students are to pick up their grade cards this morning.
    • Friendship Manor Nursing Home Week activity – Carnival Day, 2 p.m.
    Saturday, May 19

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, raised in the Loogootee area, are pictured about 68 years ago. One lives in Florida, one lives in Kankakee and the third still lives in the area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A crew from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency came to St. Elmo for an anhydrous ammonia spill caused when tanks broke loose from a truck pulling them.
    Parents of seniors at Ramsey High School were fighting to keep prayer at commencement exercises.
    Outgoing Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker and other city officials hosted a reception for the incoming mayor, Sandra Leidner, and other newly elected officials.
    Mr. and Mrs. Burt Powell of Brownstown were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

  • Take time to look closely at Madonna statue

    Dedicated to the mothers of covered wagon days, Vandalia’s Madonna of the Trail statue was one of 12 monuments erected in the United States to mark major migration paths.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    It’s the time of year when “Pomp & Circumstance” can be heard wafting from high school gymnasiums across the country.
    Proud parents and family members gather to celebrate the milestones being completed by their graduates, and the schools pass out awards to note those graduates’ accomplishments.
    On many fronts, it’s a fun time. Families are gathered. Compliments are shared. Futures are contemplated. And friendships are affirmed.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff is Saturday

    A kickoff event for this year's Relay for Life will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Family Video, located at Seventh and Gallatin streets in Vandalia.
    The event will include balloon animals created by Bill Beard, face-painting, pizza from Lorenzo's and Joe's Pizza, Wii-playing, a cheese tray provided by Liberty Cheese Shoppe and prizes from Family Video, Subway, Jenny's BBQ, Cut Loose Salon, Arthur Young Inc. and other merchants.