Today's News

  • All in the Family

    Two sisters and one brother recently were baptized on the the same day at First Christian Church of Vandalia.

    The three, from left, are Breese Stilt, David Stilt and Mistie Stilt. They were baptized by the Rev. Robert Francisco, right. The three are children of John and Crystal Stilt. They were given new Bibles to celebrate the event.

  • Minister's Forum

    If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
    Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is about new beginnings, planning and organizing.
    We are enjoying the warmer days, filled with new activities which compete for our time and attention.
    Everyone attending Evergreen Outreach looks forward to our Monday afternoon programs. Many of those who attend arrive in the Operation OUTING bus, which provides free transportation for the nursing home residents. For many, this is the one chance each week to leave their facility.

  • Church Briefs

    Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

  • School Menus

    Monday, March 26 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, March 27 – Waffles w/syrup.
    Wednesday, March 28 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly
    Thursday, March 29 – Blueberry pancake and sausage on a stick.   
    Friday, March 30 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, March 26 – Corn dog, buttered carrots, fruit and milk.    

  • Honor Roll

    Third Nine Weeks
    Second Grade

  • BHS Drama Club Performs

    The Brownstown High School Drama Club performed "Check, Please" and "Drugs are Bad" in the BHS gym on Saturday afternoon.

    In the first photo, Tyler Feezel and Kayla Black perform one of the scenes about bad first dates. In the second photo, Jordan Evans and Sarah Swain perform another scene from that part of the program.

  • A Lulu of a Performance
  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.
    By a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district’s athletic policy.
    Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In 1961, these Brownstown girls gathered on Poplar Street for a birthday party.