Today's News

  • Vandalia celebrates Halloween next week

    Vandalia will celebrate Halloween next week:

    • The Vandalia Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween Parade at 7 p.m. next Thursday.

    • Vandalia's trick-or-treat night is Saturday, from 6-8 p.m.

    • Vandalia's Downtown Trick or Treat is next Saturday:

    -Story time at Evans Public Library, 10 a.m.

    -10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--Trick-or-treating downtown. Participating merchants will have a ghost hanging outside their stores.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Big Guys Next Door Visit Over the Fence
     “Strait” and “Flash,” the horses in the neighboring pasture, have been making frequent visits to the fence corner of our yard.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Trip
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday, they accompanied Mahala’s future mother-in-law, Donna Jacquin, to Kimmswick, Mo., to the “Witches Night Out” festival. They dined at the Blue Owl Restaurant that evening. On Sunday, the three attended the bridal expo at the Ameristar in St. Charles, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, October 17
    • Reverb Youth Group (for grades 6-12), 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub (for grades K-6), 7 p.m., First Church of God.
    Thursday, October 18
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, October 21

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Twenty-five members and five guests attended the Sept. 27 meeting and luncheon of the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed by the meal blessing by LaVerne Laux.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.
    The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for September were read. Madelon Fisher read an article, “Car Keys,” and Jo Fairley read, “Old Flame.”

  • Confederate Memorial Service Saturday at Shafter cemetery

    An unusual Confederate memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine, at Browning Cemetery in Shafter for Confederate soldier William Wilson, who fought in the Vicksburg, Miss., campaign.

  • Birth

    Kelby Rai Knebel
    Ty and Jessica Knebel of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 10:28 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Patoka's Wadkins is MVP of Egyptian-Illini Conference

    Patoka senior Quinn Wadkins was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Egyptian-Illini Conference, and several other area players were named all-conference.

    •Wadkins (MVP)
    •Connor Beasley, St. Elmo
    •Clinton Hood, Patoka
    •Tylor Knisley, Ramsey
    •Kaiah Miller, Mulberry Grove
    •Jacob Behrends, Brownstown
    •Johnnie Clift, Patoka
    •Dalton Parks, St. Elmo
    •Donovan Riley, Beecher City

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    The open house, hosted by their children, will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185. The couple requests no gifts.
    David Hill, son of the late Orville and Goldie Hill, and Esther Murphy, daughter of the late Willie and Mabel Murphy, were married on Oct. 20, 1962, at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

  • Engagement

    Amber McNeely and Gabe Boatman have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McNelly.
    She is a 2008 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and is employed at United Stationers in Greenville.
    The future groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Van Boatman.
    He is a 2004 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and is employed at VanSeal in Vandalia.
    The couple will be married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Crown Point Church in rural Vandalia.