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Today's News

  • 'Drive One for Your School' in Farina

    South Central High School is joining with Engel Brothers Ford in Farina for "Drive One for Your School" this Saturday.
    From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., each person test-driving a Ford at the dealership will raise money for the school.
    For more information, call 245-6686.

  • Murrell performs in UE opera

    Ian Murrell of Vandalia was among the students at the University of Evansville who presented the opera "The Magic Flute" last month.
    Murrell, who is majoring in music performance, performed in the role of Papageno.
    Dialogue for the opera was spoken in English and sung in German (and translated for the audience).
     

  • Regional seeds and schedules released

    The Illinois High School Association has released the seeds and schedules for this season's baseball and softball regional tournaments.

    Games featuring local teams are listed below.

    BASEBALL

    Class 2A
    Vandalia Regional
    Monday, May 13
    Play-in game
    (5) Vandalia at (4) Carlinville, 4:30 p.m.

  • MAPS Students at Art Show

    The students of Mid-America Prepatory School in Herrick pictured above participated in the Fayette County Art Show at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia.

    In front, from left to right, are Macey Heselton, Bailey Prosser, Victoria Miller, Chloe Bain and Chloe Wehrle. In back are Monica Mosley, Kaitlyn Allen, Tiana Cox, Alexis Gillespey, Miranda Lawinger and art instructor Lisa Bain.

  • NHS Holds Prom for Seniors

    The National Honor Society chapter at Vandalia Community High School held a prom for senior citizens on Friday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

    Above, NHS sponsor Anne Winchester and some of the NHS members prepare the refreshments table for the event. In the second photo, Winchester and a few of the NHS members talk with seniors who attended the prom.

    In the third photo, NHS member Michael Wells dances with Glendora Godbersen, one of the seniors attending the event.

  • Week Of Prayer

    Several prayer activities were held Sunday through Wednesday this week in preparation for the National Day of Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday at Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.

    Sunday was a kickoff prayer service at Parkview Free Methodist Church, and events were held Monday through Wednesday mornings at Vandalia Chamber of Commerce (first photo), Vandalia Community High School (second photo) and Fayette County Courthouse (third photo).

  • Church Briefs

    Summer Lunches kickoff is Wednesday

    Once again, children in Fayette County will have the opportunity to get free lunches this summer through a program sponsored by several churches and facilitated through local volunteers.
    Called "Summer Lunches for Kids," the program starts the week of June 3 and runs through the week of Aug. 15. Meals are provided on Mondays and Thursdays in Vandalia, Vera and Shobonier, and on Wednesdays in Ramsey and Brownstown.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    The last days of April usher in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries. Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors.
    So, not to be outdone, Evergreen Outreach  volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, delighting those attending our Monday program.
    Charlene Jett set the stage for an enjoyable afternoon, leading in the “Welcome” and “EO” songs.

  • Lady Vandals pick up second conference win of the season in Godoyo's return

    VANDALIA — Junior Megan Godoyo pitched five shutout innings in her first appearance of the season, senior Morgan Whightsil continued her hitting streak and the Lady Vandals beat Hillsboro for their second win of the season on Wednesday.

    Godoyo — throwing at about 80 percent of her full strength — had the best appearance of any Vandalia pitcher thus far this spring, striking out six and allowing three hits and four walks in the first five innings of a 2-1 South Central Conference win for Vandalia.

  • Place all your life in God's hands on Day of Prayer

    At-the-ready, the equipment stood in the field. A turn of the switch and the giant machine would begin its task of preparing the soil and planting the seeds to feed the world. But Harold insisted on “first things first.” He knew the land, the seed, the machinery – everything – belonged to God.