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Today's News

  • 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.

  • YMCA Martial Arts Tournament

  • St. Peter Insurance honored

    St. Peter Insurance Agency of St. Peter was recently named to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.'s "President's Club" for 2011 as a top agency for the company.
    Recognized by Grinnell Mutual's president and CEO Steve Crawford, the agency ranks among the company's top 50 agencies and 15 farm mutual companies in a 12-state area for outstanding production during the past five years.
    This is the fifth year that St. Peter Insurance Agency has been recognized for the achievement.

  • Vandalia Rehab Holds Food Drive For CEFS

    Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center recently held a food drive to help restock the local CEFS food pantry.

    More than 260 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected by staff members, volunteers and resident family members during the drive. The center's staff hopes to make this an annual event to help the food pantry after the busy holiday season. Pictured with some of the donated food items are, from left, Vandalia Rehab administrator Michelle Vaughan and activity director Eleanor McNutt.

  • Results of new stroke survey released

    Nine out of 10 Americans between ages 18-24 believe they’re living healthy lifestyles – yet most eat too much fast food, drink too many alcoholic and sugar-sweetened beverages and engage in other behaviors that could put them at risk of stroke, according to an American Stroke Association survey released this week.
    The results are part of a survey of 1,248 Americans ages 18-44 on their attitudes about health, including influences of and beliefs about health behaviors and their risks for stroke.
    Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in America.

  • Marathon Man

    Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, who is 2,000 miles into a 3,000-mile run across America, passed through Vandalia on Tuesday.