Today's Features

  • Lucille Taylor
    Lucille Evelyn (Devall) Taylor celebrated her 90th birthday on March 12 with family and friends at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, where she is a member.

    She was born on March 1, 1926.
    She is the mother of Linda {deceased) (Carl) Neely, Sue (Gary) Grounds, Gerry Taylor (deceased), Chuck (Deanna) Taylor and Diane (Don) Little.  She also has 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

  • Abigail Jane DeCloedt
    Jonathon and Aubrea DeCloedt of Carmel, Ind., are the parents of a girl born at 9:31 a.m. on March 10, 2016.

    Abigail Jane weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia, and Kim Scott of Beverly Hills, Fla., is the paternal grandmother.
    Great-grandparents are Jane Hall, the late Art and Betty Perry, and Carol Youngblood.

  • FCHD holding 5K
    Fun Run/Walk

    The Fayette County Health Department is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk on the morning of Saturday, April 16.
    Registration on the day of the event begins at 8:15 a.m. at the health department office, 416 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia, and the event begins at 9 a.m.
    The cost to participate is $20, with all proceeds going to Fear Nothing, a non-profit organization providing support of Fayette County individuals and families facing cancer diagnoses, and raising funds for cancer research and advances in treatment options.

  • Visits Parents
    Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of St. Peter spent the weekend with Nathan’s parents, Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., visited Dane and Belinda Harpster on Saturday. They enjoyed lunch at Joe’s in Altamont and later visited with Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center.

    Thursday, March 31
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Maverick.
    • Extension Council (Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper representatives), 7 p.m., Effingham Extension Office.
    Sunday, April 3

  • Madricka Burro & Baby Buckwheat…
    … had new green grass treat today, as Bill started extending their pen. However, they just got a small area to start with, so they won’t overeat the new grass and get a tummy ache. We will have to be even more careful with lady, the senior mini-horse, as she foundered on grass when she was young (before coming to the Homestead.)

  • SON-Rise services at Northside

    Northside Christian Church, located at 1645 W. Jackson St., Vandalia, will hold a SON-Rise Service at 6:30 a.m. on Easter, Sunday, March 27.
    Immediately after the service, the church men will be serving breakfast until 8 a.m.
    A regular church service, the only one that day, will be at 9 a.m.

    MG church egg hunt is Saturday

    First Church of Christ in Mulberry Grove will hold its second annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the church property.

  • My Lenten message is called, “What will you do for God?” It is based on the parable Jesus told of the two sons who were asked to go in the vineyard; one obeyed the father, and the other did not.