Today's News

  • Minister's Forum

    I don’t envy Moses. He had a big job, but he also served a big God!
    This became clear to me when I read the Old Testament book of Numbers.

  • Handing Over the Gavel

    Ben Timmermann (left), the 2012 president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, presents Dana Whiteman, the outgoing president, with a plaque in recognition of her service to the organization.

    The presentation was made during the chamber's annual meeting on Jan. 26.

  • News Briefs

    OUR PLACE taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.
    The youth at the center will sort the cards, cut them and mail them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nev.
    The cards help to raise funds for cancer research.
    Cards may be dropped off at OUR PLACE between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
    The center is located at 507 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.

  • CEFS offering scholarships

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation is offering CSBG scholarships for income-eligible individuals who wish to continue their education in an Illinois Institution approved full-time post-secondary course of study.
    The course of study must lead up to a degree and/or employment, with particular consideration given to a field of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.
    The scholarship program, which began in 1986, has awarded 414 scholarships totaling $284,306 to individuals who continued their education.

  • Museum has Lincoln items on display

    The special exhibits at the Fayette County Museum this month are “All About Lincoln.”
    The special cases will display many Lincoln items, pictures, documents and books.
    This special exhibit is available Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum will also be open from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday, Lincoln’s Birthday.
    The annual meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. will be held at the museum at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. All people who are interested in the museum are welcome to attend.

  • KC hosting seminar about agro-terrorism

    Kaskaskia College, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will offer to emergency services personnel (fire, police and EMS), county Extension agents, local and state public health officials, and individuals in the agriculture industry (including producers, processors and transporters) a day of free training relating to agro-terrorism.
    The training will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Lifelong Learning Center located on the main campus of Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • State police give 2011 statistics

    Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Morrie Fraser, announced a summary of district activity for 2011.  District 12, headquartered in Effingham, includes the counties of Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland.  
    During 2011, Illinois State Police District 12 handled 38,023 incidents, which included 10,077 requests for service from the public or other law enforcement agencies. The remaining 27,946 incidents were self-initiated by troopers.  

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Feb. 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, Feb. 12
    • The Vandalia Statehouse at 2 p.m. will host the annual Lincoln’s Birthday program. Dan Guillory of the Looking for Lincoln project will be the speaker.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    Star, the little white dove, seems to be moping this morning. I think she is ready for spring, to have the sun shining through her window and to hear the little wild birds singing outside.
    I played some of her tapes this morning (she especially likes her John Denver songs), but she didn’t perk up as much as she usually does. Her very favorite Gene Autry tape has bit the dust.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.