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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach-March 24, 2011

    By Pat Rhodes
     Monday was a picture-perfect spring day in Vandalia. The daffodils were in bloom and  the robins were busy gathering materials for their nests. I just can’t wait to get out in my flower gardens to clear away the remains of last year and uncover the new growth.

  • Zook speaks at FCA banquet; Luke Hohlt honored

    University of Illinois football coach Ron Zook shared his faith, his coaching philosophy and his passion for helping his players reach their potential as he addressed a crowd of nearly 400 at last Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Greenville.

  • Words can build up or tear down; choose carefully

    We’ve all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Who is the knucklehead that came up with that saying?  The reality is, our world can be shaped by our words.
    In fact, look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

  • Sears donates to FAYCO

    The Sears store in Vandalia recently donated 2 percent of its sales for a day to FAYCO Enterprises Inc. The contribution from the Sears Holding Corp. will be used to assist in client activities at FAYCO Enterprises Inc., a local sheltered workshop. Pictured, from left, are Randy Ruholl, local Sears store owner; store employee Lindsy Pruett; and Bob Lindberg, FAYCO executive director.

  • Business Briefs

    Metzger named top loan officer by LLCU

    Tim Metzger, manager of Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Vandalia has been honored by the credit union.

     

    He was one of three Land of Lincoln employees given High Achiever performance awards for work done in 2010.

    Metzger was named top loan officer and employee of the year. Joining him in being recognized by the company were Bethanie Glan (top teller) and Will Nave (top back-office employee).

  • New staffers at Serenity

    Connie Edgar, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Serenity Spa of Vandalia, recently announced the addition of two new staff members at the spa.
    The first newcomer is Vandalia native Ashley Metzger Miller, a licensed esthetician, who was trained at New Image Technical Center in O’Fallon. Though she’s been doing facials for two years, she has been at Serenity since late November.
    She uses Bio Elements skin care products to do facials and waxing.

  • Lions honor FCH for corneal donors

    The Heartland Lions Eye Banks recently recognized Fayette County Hospital for its efforts to promote eye donations.
    Because of the hospital staff's efforts, three eye donors provided tissue for three sight-saving corneal transplants during 2010.
    Last year, more than 2,800 people suffering from an ocular disease, disorder or injury received a cornea transplant through Heartland Lions Eye Banks.
    Those donations are being praised during March, which is National Eye Donor Month.

  • Rotary Club to select two students for RYLA

    Each year, the Vandalia Rotary Club selects two Vandalia High School sophomores to receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to attend the weekend RYLA Camp and participate in the leadership and outdoors adventure team-building program.
    The RYLA sophomore weekend is the first part of a three-year Rotary youth leadership program. RYLA winners will be invited to return for additional leadership training in their junior and senior years.

  • Home & Garden Show

    Several hundred people attended the recent Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with The Leader-Union and WPMB-WKRV radio. In the first photo, Mark Abendroth of R.P. Lumber (right) and one of his window suppliers talk with Diane Torbeck. In the second photo, chamber President Dana Whiteman presents an iPad to Kelvin Stewart of Hillsboro after his name was selected in a drawing for the device. In the third photo, Brian Smith of Behrends Sales & Service of Vandalia shows a customer the mowers he had on display at the show.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Sun Is Shining And Bluebells Are Up!
    …and it is officially spring (today anyway) and the computer is in the house.
    One of our official reporters, DeDe Diveley, who gives us the weekly river bottom report, reported seeing a baby red fox this week, running along as if something was after it.
    The “girls” (Anita, Blackie and Fuzzy, chickens) are really enjoying bugging, picking and scratching. They sing to us a lot and are keeping us in nice, large eggs. Sometimes there will be four in the pen. We’ve never figured that out yet.