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Today's News

  • Mayoral Questionnaire-Ricky J. Gottman

    RICKY J. GOTTMAN
    Age:
    52
    Occupation: Director of facilities and support services of Fayette County Hospital (35 years); mayor of the city of Vandalia (12 years); and chief deputy coroner of Fayette County (21 years).

  • Brownstown Library plans activities, events

    Several exciting upcoming events are planned at the Brownstown Branch Library, and even those sho don’t have a library card, come and join in the fun.
    On Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to a jewelry-making class led by Leah Washburn. Take any material you would like to use and find how to make it into something lovely to wear or gift.
    There are big changes coming to the Brownstown Branch Library with a makeover. Therefore, the library will be closed April 22-26 to accomplish all the changes needed to update and upgrade.

  • Marquardt, Patterson win Idol titles

    The final night of Vandalia Idol saw two Vandalia Idols chosen.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Star is No Longer Earthbound
    We lost our little feathered friend recently. Star, the little white dove who had brought so many enjoyable moments to our lives, outstretched fanned out her pretty wings for the final time the eve of spring and left a real void at her window.
    She was 18½ years old and had been with us all of her life. When she first came to the Homestead, we also had Angel, the ring-neck dove, and we placed their large cages side by side in the big window.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    At last, the daffodils were up and the sun was shining as we held our Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday. Everyone was ready and happy to be together again, since we were snowed out last week by 12 inches of snow. Whew – glad that is over!
    Sharing our faith through prayer, scripture and song made it a glorious meeting. The nice lobby/living room of Vandalia Rehabilitation was packed! Beulah Brown tried to pull a fast April fool’s joke and made everyone look outside when she exclaimed it was raining! Tsk, tsk.

  • Believers should have hearts that burn for Christ

    Luke 24 paints a vibrant picture of events following the resurrection of Christ. In this passage, we find a couple of men walking along a road talking about the events of the past weekend.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on March 28 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 31 members and six guests present. Guests attending were Kenneth and Angie Hagan, Millie Brooks, George Feezel, Amy Greer and Pat Hamilton.
    President Dean Black welcomed all members and guests followed by the pledge to the flag. Pat Caldwell gave the meal blessing.
    After the meal, Black opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their continued support for his wife, Elloise, and others facing health issues.

  • Birthday

    Beulah Brown
    A bright and cheerful 90th birthday celebration for Beulah Brown was held at the home of Phyllis Rames.
    More than 20 women came to wish Beulah happy birthday and many more.
    Those present reminisced about her many years in Brownstown and Vandalia, and there were a few stories about her growing up just west of Effingham. She shared stories about her hundreds of students and travels.

  • Card Shower

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, April 24.

    For those wishing to send cards, the address is: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.