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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma
    Monday at Evergreen Outreach, we began and ended with music!
    Pam Childers played “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” and “Bring Back My Bonnie” on the piano.
    We were happy to see Inge Compton back from Florida for a visit. Inge was a volunteer here at Evergreen Outreach. She played the piano and accordion for Evergreen guests for 20 years before moving to Florida.  We were also happy to see that Dr. Rames returned on Monday to Evergreen. Welcome back, Dr. Rames!

  • Revival, play held at First Christian Church in Brownstown

    This Sunday evening at 6 p.m., Brownstown First Christian Church will present the play “Star Queen” on the final night of its fall revival.
    “Star Queen” is based on the story of Queen Esther. It celebrates a victory over an evil tyrant through the cunning ingenuity of this young Jewish queen of Persia. It also focuses on the beginnings of the Jewish Feast of Purim.
    Tommy Oaks and his son, John Thomas Oaks, bring this story to life in a campy, colorful, high-energy two-man production.

  • Take time to care for your own heart and soul

    The following is an article a fellow minister friend of mine shared with me.  I hope it provokes thought and self-examination in you as it did me.
    Song of Solomon 1:6 says: “Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!”

  • News Briefs

    Veterans Day program is next Thursday

     

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St.

    The program will include patriotic messages and music.

    The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served after the program.

     

    One-woman play is Sunday

     

  • Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus

    Cake decorating class
    The Kaskaskia College Community Education Office will offer a cake decorating class at the KC Vandalia Campus.
     The class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The registration number for the class is COED 5439 VA02W  
    Students will learn the basics of cake decorating. They will learn to use the tools of the trade to create icing effects and a beautiful cake. Students will create a cake to take home. The cost is $40; students over 60 may register for supply cost of $20.

  • School Menus-Nov. 4, 2010

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Nov. 8 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Blueberry waffles.
    Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Nov. 11 – No school.   
    Friday, Nov. 12 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    • Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch
    Monday, Nov. 8 – Crispito, Mexican rice, peaches, yogurt and milk.    

  • CAP program offers relief for farmers

    The Fayette County Farm Service Agency announced this week that producers can begin to sign up for the United States Department of Agriculture's Crop Assistance Program.
    CAP provides disaster aid to producers in specified counties whose soybeans, rice, upland cotton or sweet potato production was adversely affected by excessive moisture and related conditions in 2009.
    The signup window ends on Dec. 9, 2010.

  • Vandalia FFA attends convention

    Brenden Cripe, Aubrey Edwards, Jacob Rau, Madison White and chapter adviser Todd Ehlers recently attended the 83rd annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
    More than 55,000 FFA members from across the United States attended the four-day event.  
    During the convention sessions at the Conseco Fieldhouse,  the group listened to speakers such as motivational speaker Josh Shipp, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National FFA Adviser Dr. Larry Case and retiring addresses from the national FFA officers.

  • Farm Briefs

    Dry conditions hurt pastures and wheat

    Statewide temperatures and precipitation were near normal last week, with the northern half of the state experiencing slightly cooler temperatures and greater rainfall totals.

    Most soils across the state continue to be in need of additional moisture due to the high winds last week that rapidly dried up any rain that was received.

    The acres of corn that remain to be harvested experienced some lodging after the high winds.

  • Arthur Young Inc. celebrating 50th anniversary

    It’s been half a century since Arthur Young, a youthful car salesman from Litchfield, came to Vandalia to take over the ownership of Burtschi Motor Co., the local Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership.
    At that time, Young was in partnership with his former Litchfield employer, Brubaker Motor Co., in the local venture.
    Ten years later, in 1970, he became the sole owner of Arthur Young Inc.