Today's Features

  • Brenley Mae Clay
    Jason and Jackie Clay of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 1:49 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    Brenley Mae weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Johnny Thiele and the late Brenda Thiele of Vandalia, and Paul and Jackie Clay of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Louie and Betty Thiele of Vandalia, Bill Dothager of Mulberry Grove and Betty Eyman of Greenville.

  • Debra Smith and Ron Rauch Jr., both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Katie Adermann and Nicholas Adam Hackney, both of Taylorville, were married in a ceremony at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2014, in the backyard of their home, with Jeff Benton officiating.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Another great day at Evergreen Outreach and First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Our leader was Beulah Brown (I’ll tell you more about the hidden secrets she brought later).
    Our mighty fine and exuberant pianist was Bette Stolte. She came loaded with a touch of dynamite in her fingertips!

  • John 15:5  “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he is it that bears much fruit, for apart from ME you can do nothing.

  • POPPY DAY ...
    … is this Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.
    Brownstown VFW 9770 members will be at various locations in Brownstown to give us the opportunity to honor those who gave so much of their lives, or gave their lives, for us.

  • Visits Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Birthday Celebration
    Olivia Urban of St. Peter celebrated her third birthday at the home of her grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    Those attending were: Kyle and Dawn Urban, A.J. Simpson, Larry and Sue Urban, John and Andi Cavaletto, Dane and Belinda Harpster, Glori and Marilyn Magnus, Belva Schaefer and Shirley Harmeier. They all enjoyed a meal, then a Mickey Mouse cake with ice cream.

    Thursday, May 7
    • National World Day of Prayer, noon, Main and Fourth streets – Rediscovering God.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, dinner at the Effingham Iron Skillet. Those attending are to meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. to pool rides.
    Friday, May 8
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, May 9

  • “Prayer is our opportunity to communicate with God, talking and listening, followed by action, being in our schools, to be a positive influence, being able to talk, encourage and to show the love of Jesus.”
    That’s how Matt Philbrick summed up the purpose of the local observance of the National Week of Prayer.

  • This week’s photo: The photo of this young man, who grew up in the Ramsey/Bayle City area, was taken about 40 years ago. He now is a driver for Orgill.