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Today's News

  • Area High School Sports Roundup (April 14)

    Marty Johnson among four area players selected for KC District All-Star Game

    Vandalia senior Marty Johnson is one of four area seniors selected to play in Sunday's Kaskaskia College District All-Star Game.

    Patoka's Sawyer Potter, and South Central's Andrew Snow and Taylor Cain were also selected.

    Mulberry Grove's Harley Steed and Allen Tompkins were invited, but are unable to attend.

    Admission to the 3 p.m. game is $3 for adults and $1 for students.

  • Vandalia Junior High track results

    Thursday, April 7
    at St. Anthony
    Seventh-grade boys

    First-place finishers
    •Marcus Durbin, 100-meter dash
    •Curtis Gordon, 110-meter hurdles
    •Kasey Jones, 800-meter run
    •Jones, discus
    •Ethan Meyer, shot put
    •Logan Sullens, 200-meter dash
    Second-place finishers
    •Gordon, pole vault
    •Enrique Jenner, 800-meter run
    •Sullens, 100-meter dash
    •Wells, long jump

  • Church Briefs-April 14, 2011

    Trevor Thomas at First Church of God
    Trevor Thomas, known as "Mr. Drama," will appear at First Church of God in Vandalia this Friday at 7 p.m. His programs combine music, monologues, poems, sketches and mime.
    The church is located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road northwest of Vandalia, just off of Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call the Rev. Tom Farris at 282-1718.

    Crown Point to give 'An Easter Drama'

  • Evergreen Outreach-April 14, 2011

    By Mary Woolsey
    After a stormy night on Sunday, the sun came out on Monday, and Evergreen Outreach was hugely attended. All chairs were full.
    Cookies made by Iris Rademacher and Peg Clark were eagerly accepted, along with drinks. Many volunteers helped with serving.
    Donna Smith, who often plays the piano as guests enter, was not able to play. Her husband, Gail, is seriously ill. Prayer for him and his family would be most welcome.

  • Lewis to speak next week at final Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Michael “Mike” Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church will speak at the final Lenten Luncheon of the season at the First Baptist Church next  Wednesday.
    Lewis is a licensed lay minister and has been a member of St. James Lutheran Church for more than 25 years.
    He and his wife, Nancy, live in Vandalia, where he was born and grew up.
    He has served on the church council and on committees, and currently serves on the worship music committee.

  • Community Sports Briefs (April 14)

    YMCA holding Healthy Kids Day event

    The Family YMCA is hosting a free event in conjunction with the national YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday.

    The event will take place from 1-3 p.m., with activities such as tug-o-war, dodge ball, kick ball and a fun relay.

    The day is designed to help parents and children understand the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.

  • Don Arndt is speaker at fourth Lenten Luncheon

    By Panzi Blackwell

    The Rev. Joseph Havrilka  welcomed those present for the fourth Lenten Luncheon, hosted last week by Mother of Dolors Catholic Church. He asked the blessing for the meal prepared and served by the women of the church.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from April 8

    UMP DIRTcar Modified - 19 cars
    Heat 1        
    1.    4J    Scott Weber
    2.    3F    Rob Fuqua
    3.    N59    Chad Evans
    4.    20    Cody Clark
    Heat 2        
    1.    808    Kelby Simmons
    2.    B1    Larry Anderson
    3.    1A    Aaron Draege

  • Are you really good enough to get into heaven?

    Last week, I read an anecdote about a young lady named Alexandra Flynn from Freemont, Neb.

    Back in 2002, Alexandra, or Alex as her friends called her, went to her high school’s homecoming dance. She left home in high spirits, but she did not have her high school ID with her. When the man at the door refused her admission without her ID, she went home to get it. Unable to find it, her mother went back to the dance with her to identify her and to explain. Again, the daughter was refused admission without the ID.

  • State Champion Tumbler

    Trista Kinkel won the championship in the sub-novice 9-year-old division at the USTA state meet in Decatur last Sunday. She advanced to the national meet in Charleston, W.V., in June. She is the daughter of Tammy and Jeff Kinkel of Pocahontas, and the granddaughter of Catherine Haynes of Vandalia.