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Today's Features

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 19, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 27 members and three guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  LaVerne Laux gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mike Mulhern called the meeting to order.
    Members and guests introduced themselves to Fred Newman, who joined the club at the last meeting.
    Laura Mulhern served as acting secretary and read the secretary and treasurer reports, which were approved.

  • Aubrea Perry and Jonathon DeCloedt, both of Indianapolis, Ind., were married in an 11 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 19, 2015, in Brown County, Ind.

  • Abigail Christine Hickerson of Shobonier and Ronald Keith Rogers of Patoka were married on Sept. 12, 2015, in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony at Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Josh Frazee officiating.

    The bride, the daughter of Steve and Caryl Hickerson of Shobonier, was given in marriage by her father.
    Abby wore a strapless, A-line ivory gown with tulle inset, and crystal and beading accents along the neckline, bodice and corseted back. Her dress had a chapel-length train, and she wore a two-tier, elbow-length veil with a beaded edge.

  • Carol Evaul could be compared to a fine diamond, in that as you move a diamond around in the light, you can see many different and beautiful facets.

  • Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia will host its 10th annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    The Rev. Norris Price will serve as emcee for the concert, and performers will include Ed Taylor; FourGiven Quartet; Beth Hoffman and Megan Goodman; Cassidy Jones; Jim Arndt; Taylor Leidner; Tammy Hall; Jackie Forbes; Shirley Eddie; and Bethel Praise Band.
    The concert is open to the public. The church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call 326-7451 or 267-2644.

  • Week of Nov. 23
    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, we reached out and no one reached back! Where was everyone?  No FAYCO, no Long Term Care, no Vandalia Rehab.

  • Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo.; Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.; Mike and Renee Haarmann of Edgewood; Helen Limes of St. Peter; Edwin Hawkey of Farina; and Marvin and Ruby Higgenbotham of Farina.
    Belinda’s brother, Tony Limes of Ridgely, Tenn., stopped by that evening to visit.
    Mitch Harpster and family, and Mahala Jacquin and family spent the remainder of the weekend.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Joe’s Pizza at Altamont.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 5:20 p.m. to carpool to Vandalia. The Christmas party will be at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Capitol View Steak House.
    Friday, December 4

  • Josie, the Senior Doggie, Yearning for Texas …
    … Or Florida or the Bahamas, etc. Early Tuesday morning, we heard Josie barking loudly and consistently. Going to see what was wrong, we found her in her little bed in the living room, barking, evidently, because she was cold and her Tinker Bell blanket wasn’t over her.
    We covered her up with her blanket and she quieted right down. It was 73 degrees in the house, which is usually how we like it, but it did seem a little chilly that morning … and she let us know it was not warm enough for her!