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Today's News

  • PTSD support group to be started in Vandalia

    By Rev. Carl Rhodes
    Attention all combat veterans! It should come as no surprise to you that there are many military veterans within our community suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – the same disorder many of you experienced after returning from war. As you can attest, if this disorder is left untreated, PTSD can destroy lives – the life of the individual suffering the disorder and the life of anyone close to them.

  • For spiritual health, avoid 'junk food religion'

    We all know that a diet rich in junk food is very unhealthy.  We know that such a diet is a leading cause of obesity in our country.

  • Motorcycle Awareness Month

    Mayor Rick Gottman, shown with three members of the Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) has signed a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Vandalia. The proclamation recognizes the efforts of ABATE to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. Pictured, from left to right, are Eric Ward, ABATE activity chairman; Jeff Moulton, ABATE president; Gottman; and Jim Pryor, ABATE legislative chairman.

  • Peace Officers Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has proclaimed May 12-18 as Peace Officers Week in Vandalia. Shown with Gottman is Police Chief Jeff Ray. The proclamation recognizes the work done by city police officers in protecting residents and their property.

  • Birthdays

    Chris Henry
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Chris Henry will be held Sunday afternoon at the Jaycees Pavilion in the Vandalia Lake campgrounds.
    Friends and family members are invited to stop by from 2-4 p.m.

    Bobbie Payne
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Bobbie Payne will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, May 27, in the Fellowship Hall at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Sloan Marie Durbin

    Sloan Marie Durbin
    Chris and Amanda Durbin of Fillmore are the parents of a girl born at 12:05 p.m. on March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Sefton HCE holds Mother's Day meeting

    Fifteen members were present for the May 9 Mother’s Day potluck and meeting of the Sefton HCE Unit. Chairman  Flo Allen welcomed those present, and Panzi Blackwell asked the blessing for the meal. Following the meal, Sally Behrends and her kitchen helper cleaned the area.

  • Cole-Kloss

    Kimberly Cole and Kyle Kloss, both of Pocahontas, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Vandals take second in final track meet

    The Vandals placed second out of four teams in a home meet last Thursday, posting three first-place finishes in the last regular meet of the season.

    Junior Colton Woolsey won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 40 feet, 11 inches, sophomore Ben Strobel won the 3,200-meter run in 10:02.3 and senior Wade Cowger won the 1,600-meter run in 4:58.3.

    Strobel’s time was just 1½ seconds away from setting a school record, and is under the automatic state-qualifying time.

  • Vandals nearly victorious on senior day

    VANDALIA – On a day to honor the team’s five seniors, the Vandals competed to the last at-bat, falling just a few inches short of a chance at victory.

    Senior Isaac Francis shot a line drive that was caught by Southwestern’s ranging shortstop to end the game and give the Birds a 3-2 South Central Conference victory.