Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    St. Peter sausage supper set

    The men of St. Peter's Lutheran Church will host a sausage supper with a full menu this Sunday in the St. Peter Lutheran School gym.
    Serving begins at 5 p.m. Carryouts are available.

    Love Banquet and Auction

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church will hold its third annual Love Banquet and Auction in the church fellowship hall this Sunday.

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule set

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance this week announced the schedule and speakers for this year's Lenten Luncheon series.
    The luncheons are held each Wednesday during Lent, beginning at noon and concluding by 1 p.m. They are held at a different church each week.
    This year's theme is "Unity."
    The following is this year's lineup:
    Feb. 29 – First Christian Church (283-2001). Speaker: Scott Smith, First Church of God youth pastor.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    Evergreen Outreach met on Monday at First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall,  with Pam Childers on the piano.
    Beulah Brown was the leader for the afternoon. All enjoyed the leadership and entertainment of these two great ladies.
    As always, our dedicated servers, Marie Sutton, Erna Wasmuth, Ruth Ann Scott and Jeanne Schlicht, served some delicious cookies, which were enjoyed by all.

  • 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.