Today's News

  • Golden Circle

    Thursday, May 10 – Pork loin w/cranberry sauce, baked potato, layered salad, roll, pie & ice cream.
    Friday, May 11 – Chili, cole slaw, peaches, crackers, cinnamon roll.
    Monday, May 14 – Salmon patty, scalloped potatoes, peas, cinnamon applesauce, whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, May 15 – Turkey w/dressing, lima beans, ambrosia, whole grain roll.
    Wednesday, May 16 – Barbecue ribette on bun, mac & cheese, baked beans, birthday cake.

  • Birthdays

    Betty Yarbrough
    A surprise party for Betty Yarbrough's 90th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.

  • Church Briefs

    Still time to help with summer lunches

    If you were unable to attend Wednesday's volunteer meeting for the Summer Lunches for Kids program, there's still time to sign up to help.
    Those who wish to volunteer for or donate to the program but were unable to attend the meeting are asked to call Pat Rhodes, 283-5372, or Northside Christian Church, 283-1970.
    The mission of the program is to provide children with free and nutritious lunches during the summer months.

  • Prayer breakfast caps local 'week of prayer'

    As the culmination of a five-day “week of prayer,” the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance last Thursday sponsored a prayer breakfast at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    What a great crowd was in attendance at Wesley Hall for Evergreen Outreach on Monday.
    We were entertained by the beautiful music played by Pam Childers. Some of her tunes included: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Oh, My Darling Clementine,” “Home On the Range” and “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad.”

  • Some reflections from the Bible for Mother's Day

    My parents guided me to good table manners: “Don’t talk with your mouth full” and “Use your spoon, not your fingers for the peas.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The St. Elmo Board of Education interviewed one candidate for the district’s superintendent position.
    A fire in the laundry room caused an estimated $50,000 in damage at TraveLodge.
    The Fayette County Board discussed the need to begin addressing problems with the county courthouse.
    At his final meeting as a member of the South Central Illinois Regional Planning & Development Commission, Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker received special recognition from the commission.

    20 Years Ago

  • Senior Spotlight: Quenten Austin

    Vandalia senior Quenten Austin has dabbled in almost every track event during his four-year high school career, so it’s not a big surprise that some of his future goals include success in more than one event.

    After celebrating senior day last Thursday at his final home meet, Austin went on to win three events at the conference meet on Tuesday, taking victories in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and the high jump. He fell short of his goal of winning four events by placing sixth in discus.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers and a sister are pictured in 1948. The oldest brother lives in Fillmore and is retired from the Hillsboro Correctional Center. He has been a minister all of his adult life. The younger brother worked at Caterpillar in East Peoria. He is  retired and living in Tennessee. The sister is married, with four children, and worked as a beautician for 40 years and as a breakfast manager at McDonald's for almost 30 years. She lives in rural Vandalia.

  • National Road: History in every mile

    Imagine covered wagons pulled by plodding oxen, dusty trails and arched stone bridges. In your mind’s eye, picture the weary travelers, the men, women and children walking the 1,000 miles beside the wagon as they headed west…to the unknown.
    The National Road, also known as the Cumberland Trail, was the first federally funded road in the country. Beginning in Cumberland, Md., the road was completed  to Vandalia by 1836.
    The financial panic of 1837 would stop construction at Illinois’ 90th mile – at Vandalia.