Today's Features

    Thursday, October 29
    • The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Saturday, October 31
    • St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
    Sunday, November 1
    • Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
    • Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • A new florist has opened its doors in Vandalia, and Drake Thompson is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of providing flowers for the citizens of Vandalia and surrounding areas.

  • There was a lot of activity in the area of Vandalia’s Rogier Park last weekend. One hundred and one people with 29 Gold Wing motorcycles, the members of the Gold Wing Chapter I-70 Road Riders, gathered to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  

  • Stan and Nadine Johnson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

  • In celebration of the congregation’s 150th Anniversary, “An Evening of Music” will be presented at St. James Lutheran Church this Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Performers for this concert of organ and piano music will be Carlo and Stephanie van Ulft.
    The concert is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted for the St. James Music Fund, which supports the church’s organ, piano, handbells and choirs. The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. A reception will follow the program.

    Saturday, October 17
    • Following St. Mary’s Catholic Church 5:30 p.m. Mass, a wiener roast will be held at the rural home of Ed and Mona Durbin to welcome the Rev. Marek Kasterczuk. Those attending are to take a favorite dish to share.
    Sunday, October 18
    • Boy Scouts will be collecting new or gently used shoes of all types, sizes through this Sunday.
    • Sunday Night Live youth group will have a wiener roast from 6-7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeffrey and Summer Maxey.
    Monday, October 19

  • Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday through Sunday with Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. Belinda and Mahala held a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to Kimmswick to dine at Blue Owl Café and participate in the “Witches Night Out” event.
    Clarence Wodtka, a lifelong resident of St. Peter, died on Monday of last week. His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Friday.

  • Critters Having Company
    The past few days, two of the “neighbor kids” from the longhorn pasture across the way have been visiting the Homestead bunch and enjoying nibbling on the green grass.  
    The other barnyard critters, Madricka, and her baby burro, Buckwheat, and  Lady, the pretty senior mini-horse, watch the strangers, but they do not let the visitors interrupt their meals or their naps in the sunshine.  

  • In the Bible, we are presented with the history of light. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
    At the Creation, God, the Creator, said, “Let there be light,” and at his word there was light. Light in all its fullness broke into time, and history focused on the life, death and personality of the Light of the World – Jesus. the Christ. Jesus dispelled the darkness from the tomb, and revealed the great and glorious light beyond the tomb.

  • The September CDA Meeting was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened the meeting with the pledge, which was followed by a memorial service for Cara Kelly.
    Cheryl Gale and Dietgard Hunsley were installed as new members. Eighteen officers and members were present.
    Reports of chairmen were given. Under leadership, Risé Sahr welcomed new members and encouraged everyone to continue BOGO (Bring One, Get One).