Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene Jett
    Today, our thoughts are with Jesus, because he is the one who will miss us today. Since Evergreen Outreach is canceled, we must use our memories to be constantly refreshed by His love, compassion and mercy.
    He will miss our off key and out of tune singing. He will miss our frail bodies, trying to dance and be strong and beautiful. He will miss our short, stumbling prayers.
    In spite of all these failings he still loves us and encourages us to make forward progress and become closer to him.

  • CenterPointe Back to School Outreach is Sunday

    CenterPointe Church will hold a Back to School Outreach this Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.
    The event will include music by “Broken Chains Band,” a bounce house, and free hot dogs, burgers and chips. Free, gently used clothes and free school supplies will be available.
    All clothing, school supplies and lunch will be provided following the morning service at the church, which is located in the former Rural King building at 1616 Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • MG church will celebrate 150th anniversary Aug. 9

    The First Church of Christ of Mulberry Grove will celebrate 150 years of service to the Kingdom of Christ, on Aug. 9, 2015.
    In 1865, as the contentious Civil War finished its furry and John Wilkes Booth took the life of a president from Illinois, people from the Bond County/Mulberry Grove area saw the birth of a new church, which lives yet today by the grace of God.
    Two special services will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9.

  • Don't worry – God is in control

    The following story is condensed from an article that appeared in Today’s Christian, “Not My Job” (July/August edition 2008).

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Tolerating Heat Wave Well
    It is kind of interesting that the critters have only two changes of apparel a year – one for winter and one for summer. Yet they seem to take what comes (weatherwise) without complaint, as long as we humans make things as comfortable for them as reasonably possible.

  • Frogtown News

    Mother/Daughter/Granddaughter Weekend
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday night at the home of her daughter, Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    She babysat Harper on Friday. On Friday evening, Amanda and Madison Eller of Jackson, Mo., met them, and they traveled to St. Charles, Mo.
    On Saturday, they took the ferry to Grafton. They enjoyed the flea market, wineries and other shopping. They all returned home on Sunday.
    Floyd Bolyard of St. Peter died on Friday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at Pagel Funeral Home in St. Peter.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, July 30
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant in Litchfield.

  • Amber Alert arrest made near Vandalia


    Effingham – Early on Wednesday, an Illinois State Police District 12 Trooper located an Ohio child identified in an early morning Amber Alert.

    At approximately 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday, District 12 telecommunications advised troopers of an Amber Alert issued by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (Jefferson County, Ohio).

    The Amber Alert indicated a 7-year-old girl was abducted by her estranged father, Matthew Scott Montgomery, and was possibly en route to Missouri via Interstate 70.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Rosemary McMillan of Brownstown provided us with this 1941 photo of a rope bridge across the Kaskaskia River, presumably south of Vandalia. On the bridge are Farrell Gruenbaum, Bob Smith and Paul Jeff.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman, shown in a photo taken in 1940, has three children and lives in the Shafter area.