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Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College

    Financial aid workshop
    Kaskaskia College Financial Aid will be hosting half-day sessions for professional development opportunities designed to help high school counselors, community organization members, financial aid administrators and other professionals involved in assisting Illinois students and their families along the path to college.
    The workshop is designed to help build an understanding of financial aid concepts, whether the student is new to financial aid or a seasoned professional seeking a refresher.

  • Birthday

    Peggy Dees
    Peggy Dees of Vandalia celebrated her 90th birthday on Feb. 20 with a family gathering.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, March 3 – Meatloaf, augratin potatoes, broccoli, apricots, peanut butter cookie, whole wheat bread.
    Friday, March 4 – Fish, buttered garlic noodles, cooked carrots, green peas, peaches, whole grain bread.
    Monday, March 7 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, blushing pears, graham crackers, enriched bread.
    Tuesday, March 8 – Jambalaya w/rice and beans, succotash, peaches, colorful sugar cookies.  

  • DeSherlia-Taylor

    Tanya DeSherlia and Mark Taylor, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Robert and Joan Langley of Vandalia. She is currently employed as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital in the ER.
    The future groom is the son of Ed and Donna Taylor of Vandalia. He is currently employed as the director of operations at Octochem.
    The couple are planning a June 19, 2011, wedding.

  • Jones – 60 Years

    The Rev. Casey and Flora Jones Sr. of Westmont, and formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Westmont Centre.

  • Smith-Kinney

    Adrienne Smith of Brownstown and Walter Kinney of Vandalia were united in marriage on Nov. 20, 2010, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia with the Revs. Roger Grimmett of Vandalia and John Robinson of Brownstown officiating the double-ring ceremony.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-March 3, 2011

    • Shawn D. Loy, 35, Effingham, was arrested on March 1 on an alleged violation order of protection. No bond amount was listed.
    • Charles M. Durbin, 39, 1501 N. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 1 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. He was released on an order from the state’s attorney’s office.
    • Kyle W. Starnes, 23, RR 1, St. Peter, was arrested on Feb. 28 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at the church, located at 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted. The proceeds will help fund United Methodist Men projects.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps down, precip up during February

    Last month, statewide temperatures continued to be below normal, while precipitation was above normal throughout the state. Much of the state was hit with heavy snow early in the month, with total snowfall for the month ranging from less than 6 inches to more than 24 inches.

    Much of the wheat crop had been blanketed by snow for the first half of the month, and still remains dormant.

    February also marked the beginning of calving season for many cattle operations throughout the state.

  • USDA Farm Service Agency aids rural areas

    Last year, the Illinois Farm Service Agency provided nearly $650 million in assistance to the state’s agriculture producers.
    Those funds help farmers and ranchers recover from disasters, implement conservation practices and support other activities to ensure the well-being of American farmers.
    Following is the breakdown of the federal farm payments issued in Illinois during 2010: