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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Café First at Brownstown church

    Café First, a coffee house, will be held for the entire community from 7-9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at First Christian Church in Brownstown, located at the corner of First and Poplar streets.
    The public is invited to stop by to enjoy a hot drink, breakfast snacks and some company. For more information, call 427-3687.

    Egg hunt Saturday in Brownstown

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host the annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Brownstown Park.

  • Evergreen Outreach-April 21, 2011

    By Pat Rhodes

  • Four pastors speak at fifth Lenten Luncheon

    A full room of guests at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia received the welcome by the Rev. Roger Grimmett for the fifth Lenten Luncheon.
    Grimmett asked the blessing for the meal, which was prepared and served on white tablecloths adorned with napkins and placemats of spring colors and centerpieces of  fresh flowers.

  • Minister's Forum

     “Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.”(Jn 12:13)
    What a triumph!  Jesus is welcomed into the city of Jerusalem like royalty!

  • Woman's Club hears about recycling

    Vandalia Women’s Club recently enjoyed an informational presentation on recycling by Kim Taylor of FAYCO Enterprises.
    In addition to tips on recycling, Taylor described the different materials accepted at FAYCO Recycling on Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    GFWC Illinois Woman’s Clubs are focusing on recycling in their Conservation Community Service Program, which is one of seven major areas through which woman’s club serves the community.
    The local club meets on the second Monday of the month. All women are welcome.

  • New SAFE volunteers

    Pictured above are four newly trained SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) volunteers.

    From left to right are: Pattie Williams, Amber Marvin, Amy Nosbisch and Shirley Bartels. At least once a year, SAFE offers a 40-hour crisis intervention training.  These new volunteers will offer direct service to victims of sexual assault and their families. For more information about becoming a volunteer with SAFE, call 283-1414.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Meseke family are shown here. From left to right are: Sandra Kleinik, grandmother; Dorothy Meseke, great-great-grandmother, holding Alyssa Wiseman; Filbert Meseke, great-great-grandfather; Shanna Meseke, mother; and Harvey Meseke, great-great-grandfather.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 93rd birthday this Sunday.


    Friends may join her for lunch on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    Cards may be sent to: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births-April 21, 2011

    Mason Mark Schaub
    John and Jacy Schaub of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:14 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Mason Mark.
    He has three brothers, 11-year-old Cole and Nathan and 5-year-old Cade.
    Grandparents are Delmar and Kim Miller, and Paul and Becky Schaub, all of Brownstown.
    Great-grandparents are Doris Kern and Mary Reams.

    Kyler Lane Fulk

  • Engagement

    Chasity Beck and Jedidiah Carter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.