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Today's News

  • Residents prepare for winter storm

    Preparing for a winter storm that will include both ice and snow, local residents headed out for groceries, as indicated in this photo submitted to The Leader-Union by Sonia Wehrle on Monday morning.

  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abe Awards

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. Among those groups in which she’s involved are Nice Twice, Vandalia Tourism Commission, National Road Interpretive Center, Our Place, Home and Community Education, United Methodist Women, Fayette County Museum and Evergreen Outreach.

  • BES students visit Family YMCA

    Members of the seventh-grade physical education class at Brownstown junior high recently visited the Family YMCA in Vandalia.
    Physical education teacher Sandra Stine took 20 students to the Family Y on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
    While at the Family Y, the students had the opportunity to participate in a Zumba class (led by Allison Durbin), utilize the weight machines (led by personal fitness trainer Tonya Summers), and take part in additional cardiovascular workouts on the treadmill, elliptical and stationary bikes.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Stranger Than Fiction?
    While I’ve always been amazed at the level of intelligence most of the Homestead critters have demonstrated from time to time, the claim has never been made that they could actually read.
    However, after writing last week of the possibility that the “girls” (hens-Fuzzy, Blackie, and Anita) might start laying eggs this winter since they now have the late and lovely SnowWhite Goose’s nightlight for heat, we have found four nice eggs on four consecutive days in their pen.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 26
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, Jan. 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, Jan. 30

  • VJHS Honor Roll

    Vandalia Junior High School
    Second Quarter
    Honor Roll
    FIFTH GRADE

  • Honor Rolls

    Brownstown Jr. High
    Second Quarter
    High Honors
    SEVENTH GRADE
    Ashley Washburn and Tucker Willms.
    EIGHTH GRADE
    Emily Frailey, Katie Kroll and Audriana Pruett.
    Honors
    SEVENTH GRADE
    Kyrstyn Fitch, Hannah Koehler, Sydney Rosboroght and Brooklyn Sarchet.
    EIGHTH GRADE
    Zachry Koehler and Nathan Matthews.

    Brownstown High School
    Second Quarter
    High Honors
    FRESHMEN
    Katie Carson, Lakin Evans and Bethany Oberlink.
    SOPHOMORES

  • CEFS taking LIHEAP applications

    The C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance.
    Any household that has applied as of Sept. 1, 2010, or after would not be eligible to apply again. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income eligible households pay for their winter utility expenses.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Beekeeping classes

    The Kaskaskia College Community Education Department is offering a series of beekeeping classes at the Salem Education Center and Vandalia Campus.
    Second in the series is honey production, which will teach students how to make the most of their hives. This course will cover honey and honeycomb production.
    Later classes in this series will include raising queens for your hive, and keeping a healthy and productive colony.

  • Church Briefs

    Northside Christian to start Bible study

    Northside Christian Church will start a new Bible study, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from  Ray Vander Laan’s “That the World May Know” lesson series.
    The title of this series is “God Heard Their Cry.” It illustrates how God hears and answers the cry of his persecuted people. It was filmed on location in the Middle East.
    The study will be held each Wednesday in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.