Today's News

  • PHOTO: VJHS cheerleaders attend camp

    The Vandalia junior high cheerleaders recently attended a private National Cheerleaders Association cheer camp. 

    The squad received a blue superior ribbon and a red excellent ribbon for their final cheer evaluation.

    Misty Thompson coaches the squad.

  • Favorable conditions aid growth of Illinois' crops

    More below-average temperatures were received across Illinois this past week, as field crops continue to develop behind the five-year average.
    Conditions remain mostly good for all crops statewide.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 72.2 degrees for the week, 1.5 degrees below normal.
    There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Topsoil moisture across the state was rated as 4 percent very short, 35 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

  • Corn yields estimated at 165 in Illinois

    The Illinois field office of National Agricultural Statistics Service this week released its August crop production report. State and national highlights of the report include:

  • Area corn looking 'extremely good'

    What a difference a year makes. This time last year, area farmers were watching their once-promising corn crop wither away to nearly nothing.
    In 2013, it’s an entirely different story. And a much happier one.

  • School Menus

    Monday, Aug. 19 – Cinnamon toast.
    Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Sausage patty.
    Wednesday, Aug. 21 – Muffins.
    Thursday, Aug. 22 – French toast.
    Friday, Aug. 23 – Cinnamon roll.
    Cereal, milk and juice served daily.

    Monday, Aug. 19 – Pizza, salad with dressing and fruit.
    Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Lasagna casserole, green beans, garlic bread and fruit.

  • KC Vandalia

    Acrylic painting course

    The Kaskaskia College Continuing/Community Education Department will offer an acrylic painting course on Thursday evenings at the Vandalia Campus.
    The class will be held Aug. 22-Sept. 5, 6-8 p.m.  The registration number for this class is COED-5442-VA01E.

  • New in Brownstown District
  • South Dakota mission trip

          By Panzi Blackwell
    Seven members of the First Baptist Church of Brownstown recently returned from a mission trip to Green Grass, S.D.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene  M. Jett
    This week's Evergreen Outreach started out right, with the Rev. Jim Fackler in charge. And, of course, it is his “masterpiece” – a 3-inch-thick joke book that he has hopes of selling! All kidding aside, a very big thanks to him and Donna Smith (our pianist). They got us started on our two E.O. songs, while everyone ate the cookies that Sharon Mueller baked. Thank you Sharon! Our entertainer for the day was Dave Korte, with his guitar, from Highland. He is affiliated with Korte Construction.

  • We often must choose from the greater of two goods

    I am sure all of you have heard the phrase “choosing the lesser of two evils.” It is a term that can be applied to a variety of situations; in my experience, most often to politics.