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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Wanda Mountain Boys to perform Saturday at The Barn

    The Wanda Mountain Boys will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in rural Pana.
    The Barn is located east of Pana three miles, south two miles and east half a mile.
    Admission is free.
    For more information, call Joanne Clark at 217-562-3526, or by logging on to The Barn's website at www.thebarn-pana.com.

    Women's seminar this Friday, Saturday in Greenville

  • Evergreen Outreach-March 31, 2011

    By Edith Elliott
    Blessed by a beautiful day, guests at evergreen outreach came into Wesley Hall hearing the music of Bette Stolte at the piano,  playing “Somebody Bigger Than I.”
    This was Bette’s first time, and hopefully she will be a regular.
    David and Patricia Pence, who go by the name “Softfire,” brought their many instruments, their blended voices and four of their border collies to inspire and entertain us.

  • Do everything for God's glory, not people's praise

    Your motives rather than your deeds tell what kind of a person you are. Our motives are often hidden, even from ourselves. Only an extensive evaluation of why we do what we do will reveal our true motives.

  • Birthday

    Judy Carruthers
    Judy Snider Carruthers of Ramsey will celebrate her 70th birthday on Monday, April 4, 2011.
    Cards may be sent to her at: R.R. 2 Box 244, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Senior spotlight: Zach Wadkins

    It could be argued that the catcher is the most important player on a baseball diamond.

    Catchers call the pitches; have to catch those same pitches no matter if they are high, low or several feet to the left or right of the target; stick close pitches on the corners of the plate; monitor base runners; and calm a pitcher down if he’s in a jam.

    Finding the right fit could drive a coach mad, especially if a team’s pitchers are young and inexperienced.

  • Mother, Daughters are LPNs

    Paula Roach (center), the daughter of Robert and Helen Smith of Hagarstown, and her daughters, Amanda Roach (left) and Danielle Uhlry (right), graduated from Capital Area Career Center as licensed practical nurses.

    Graduation ceremonies were held at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield on Dec. 19. Paula Roach, who received the Florence Nightingale Award, was allowed to pin both of her daughters.

  • Lady Vandals continue strong start; now 4-3

    The Lady Vandals scored in every inning against South Central on Monday, but it was a six-run fifth inning that ended the game by the 10-run rule in favor of Vandalia, 13-3.

    A two-run single to center by senior Amy Walton drove in fellow senior Whitney Newsom and junior Alex Henna to secure the win, and Walton was the seventh Lady Vandal to reach base in the inning.

  • Effingham spoils Vandalia's home opener with rout

    Effingham took full advantage of a strong wind blowing out to left last Wednesday, using three home runs to compliment a strong pitching performance in a 11-0 win, which spoiled Vandalia’s home opener.

    Tyler Pilcher led off the game with a line-drive home run to left, and then no-hit the Vandals through the first three innings. Cole Braunecker pitched the final two innings, allowing the Vandals’ only hit – a double by junior Nick Metzger – to lead off the top of the fifth.

  • Sikma – Mackiewicz

    Jenee Sikma and Nathan Mackiewicz, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • The College Report: Hobbie named All-American in senior season

    During his basketball career, McKendree University senior Eric Hobbie made everyone sit up and take notice of him.

    There are a lot of players who have accomplished that particular feat, but not many can claim that they have garnered attention on the national scene since their freshman year. The former Vandalia superstar can make that claim.

    While his college career is officially in the books, Hobbie will be getting more awards in the upcoming months.