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Today's News

  • Church Briefs-June 2, 2011

    Revival is June 12 at Northside Christian
    Do you want to “fan the flame” you once had? Maybe you once had a “fire” to worship and serve the Lord, but circumstances in your life – or even church – put that fire out!
    Are you looking to reignite that flame? Are you looking to have in you the same fire you see in others?
    Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will hold a one-night revival on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. under the theme of  “Fan the Flame.”

  • Nice Twice future hinges on finding a new sponsor

    An institution that has helped Fayette County’s poor for nearly two decades is about to disappear unless a new sponsoring agency is found.
    Nice Twice, a resale store located at 418 W. Gallatin in Vandalia, will close within a month if some group doesn’t step in, according to store manager Joan Shafer-Siebert.

  • Minister's Forum

    If you are reading this article, it means one of two things:  Either you were overlooked in the most recent prediction of the “rapture,” or yet another self professed prophet of God has given us yet another bogus date on when the end of the world will take place.

  • Senior Spotlight: Audra Donaldson

    Two surgeries early in her high school career were not enough to make Audra Donaldson quit playing softball.

    A condition in the recently-graduated Vandalia athlete’s feet left her with tendons that were too short, and she first had surgery to correct them after her freshman year.

    That surgery, which included cutting out the tendons, stretching them out and replacing them, did not fix the problem, and Donaldson was back under the knife after her sophomore year.

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title game in 'rebuilding' year

    LEBANON – Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes spilled plenty of appreciation for his nine-person team after the Lady Aces lost to Calhoun, 5-4, on Monday.

    “This was the hardest year of coaching,” Barnes said. “I had nine kids, who could take advantage of their coach anytime they wanted, as far as, ‘I don’t have to listen or do what you say, because you barely have enough (players).’

    “That didn’t happen, and that’s the type of kids we have.”

  • Austin, Bell fail to make finals at state

    Through rainy conditions, the Illinois High School Association state meet went on as scheduled, with preliminaries last Thursday.

    Two Vandalia athletes – senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin – battled through those conditions, and while neither made the finals, both bettered their qualifying marks.

    “I think the goal was for them to run a personal best, and their personal best would re-set the school record,” said coach Jane Bell. “It was a little disappointing that the weather prevented them from doing that.

  • Anniversary

    Thomas and Judy Steiner of Mulberry Grove celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 27.

    Thomas Steiner and the former Judy Bunyard were married on May 27, 1971, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.
    They are the parents of four children: Debra Phillips, Keith and his wife Rhonda Steiner, and Christy Steiner, all of Mulberry Grove, and Becky and her husband Russ Rieke of Greenville.
    They have 12 grandchildren.
    The couple enjoyed a celebration with family and friends on Sunday.

  • Anniversary

    Robert “Bob” and Helen Smith of Hagarstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
    Bob Smith and the former Helen Little were married on June 3, 1961, by the late Rev. Archie Brown.
    Their attendants were George and Shirley Little.
    Helen is the daughter of the late Russell and Maxine Little. Bob is the son of Virginia and the late Voris Smith.
    They are the parents of two children: Jon and his wife Andi Smith of Vandalia, and Paula and her husband Gary Roach of Hillsboro.
    They have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • College Report: Mahon named all-conference

    No team is complete without a relief pitcher.

    Not even for the Ohio Valley all-conference team. When selecting a relief pitcher, St. Elmo grad and Southeast Missouri State  senior Logan Mahon was definitely going to be discussed and be in the mix. Mahon was named to the OVC's second team.

    In league action, there was almost none better. Mahon got the proper setup, and he earned six saves in OVC games. His six saves were  the best in conference.

  • Farm Briefs

    Wet conditions slow field work
    Conditions were favorable for crops last week, with warm days and periods of rain. The average statewide temperature was 64 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation was high, averaging 2.83 inches for the state, while the norm for the time period is 1.03 inches.