Today's Features

  • Baby Bucky Burro …
    … is ready for spring! On the cold winter nights, Bill shuts their doors so the cold wind doesn’t blow in to their beds. Bucky doesn’t seem to appreciate this, as he likes to run and play, but the doors are opened, as soon as advisable, for him. Mom Madricka Burro and Lady, the senior mini-horse, do seem to appreciate the thoughtfulness of closing the doors.

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the 11th birthday party of their oldest granddaughter, Madison Eller, on Saturday at her home in Jackson, Mo. Those attending were: Ron, Diane and Anna Lou Eller, Carol Stein, Natalie Stein, Rhonda Hunter, Heidi Hunter and fiancé Austin, Dru Eller, and Owen and Aaron Harpster.
    Dane and Belinda spent Thursday through Sunday with Owen and Aaron Harpster at the home of Mitch and Gretchen Harpster.

    Friday, February 19
    • A seminar, “Living Your Bucket List,” 1 p.m., Kaskaskia Community College at 2310 W. Fillmore, Vandalia. Preregistration is required by calling the college at 545-3445.
    Saturday, February 20
    • Central Illinois Wedding Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James. Fourteen or more vendors are participating. One lucky bride will receive a grand prize.

  • Gleena Sours suffered with weight, bronchitis, chronic sinus and breathing problems to the point that she could hardly walk.

  • Ever since I can remember, when my mother would take me with her in Vandalia’s U.S. Post Office, I have enjoyed and, been interested in, the large mural on the north wall over the postmaster’s door.

  • It is simply a smudge of black burned and crumbled palms from Palm Sunday a year ago. But it is more! It is a statement of God about us – “Dust you are and to dust you will return.”

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance schedule for Lenten Luncheon is as follows:
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – First Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – St. James Lutheran Church.
    • Wednesday, March 2 – Northside Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, March 9 – Mother of Dolors Catholic Church.
    • Wednesday, March 16 – First United Methodist Church.
    • Wednesday, March 23 – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.

  • Bucky, the Burro, Kicking Up His Heels …
    … in anticipation of spring? Baby Bucky had been napping in the sunshine and, upon waking up from his nap, he ran and was kicking up his heels in the sunshine. We wondered if he was anticipating, and welcoming, spring, as it was a really nice, warm day.
    On the other hand, Katie …

  • Attends Visitation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the visitation of Leo Hanneken on Sunday in Washington, Mo. Leo was the grandfather of Dane and Belinda’s son-in-law, Nathan Jacquin.
    LuVerne Engel, formerly of Kinmundy, died on Friday of last week. He had been a resident of Evergreen Rehabilitation in Effingham. The funeral was held on Thursday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
    Sausage Supper

    Thursday, February 11
    • TeleNet lesson, “Super Food to the Rescue,” 10-11 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office. The public is welcome to attend.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, February 12