Today's News

  • VCHS class of '68 holds 45-year reunion

    The VCHS Class of 1968 gathered in Vandalia over the weekend of June 28-30, with get-togethers held for those arriving early.

  • National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs
  • KC accepting Honors Program applications

    Kaskaskia College is still accepting applications for the fall 2013 Honors Program. This program recognizes students who have demonstrated, or who evidence the potential for, consistent academic excellence.
    Students who are accepted into the Honors Program will receive: special course offerings; travel study opportunities; $150 scholarship per semester towards books and supplies in the KC Bookstore; special recognition at graduation; and personalized transfer assistance.

  • KC cosmetology students in Wilkerson competition

    The Annual Betty Wilkerson Memorial Student Competition was recently held at Kaskaskia College.

    The student cosmetology competition is held once a year, and the students compete against other students at their own level.
    This competition consists of three categories: total fashion, hair design and makeup. Students also participated in nail design.
    Students receiving awards for the different levels include those pictured here.

  • Tools for School distribution

    Tools for School Distribution
    • Wednesday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 17 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    The distribution is at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia. Parents or other adults must accompany students, and they are to go to the north door of the church.
    For more information, call 283-0937.


  • New truck driver training sessions at KC are set

    Kaskaskia College has announced that new sessions of courses in the truck driver training session are scheduled to begin Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 in Centralia.
    KC has a 100-percent employment rate for those who complete the program, which is is a certificate program designed for an individual with no commercial driving experience.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Josie Attempts to be a Stowaway
    For the past two weeks or more, when we are “home,” we have been down the lane working at the new-to-us dream home, except when I am writing or trying to get caught up on the household duties here.
    Josie, the little 13-year-old “puppy,” does not like this situation, as it must seem to her that we are gone most of the time.
    I am too busy these days to sit by her or give her much personal, hands-on attention.
    When I am writing, sometimes she will get up on the arm of the couch to be close to me.

  • Frogtown News

    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent Thursday through Sunday at the home of Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    On Friday, they visited Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo., and on Saturday, they went to Six Flags.
    They all returned home on Sunday.
    Visits Grandparents
    Tyson Urban, of Fort Wayne, Ind., spent last week with his grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 165 . Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 8
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.