Today's Features

    Thursday, March 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 29
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet now has spring and summer clothes. It will be open from 9 a.m.-noon in the First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Northside Christian Church on Monday will launch an outreach center for military veterans in Vandalia.
    Located at 507 W. Gallatin St., in the same location as Our Place, the Veterans Outreach Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Overseeing the center will be the Rev. Carl Rhodes (pastor of Northside Christian Church) and Gene Beckman, both veterans of the Vietnam War. They recently attended a one-day training program at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis to prepare them to meet the special needs of veterans.

  • We count seven times that Jesus spoke at his crucifixion. Yet none of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) tell them all. Each writer chose the “saying(s)” that fit best with his presentation of the Good News of Jesus.

  • By Charlene  M.  Jett
    Monday, the welcoming hospitality of Wesley Hall and First United Methodist Church, demonstrated God’s love for all.   Cindy Hunter brought cookies and was our leader today and SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence with their border collies) was our entertainment. We skipped our usual  welcoming song, as Cindy told us about her youngest son getting married last week, and shared her enthusiasm for Cardinals baseball. There was a good discussion about how everyone wants and tries to win  tickets to the games.  

  • For Heaven's Sake trio to sing Sunday at Farina's First Southern Baptist Church

    For Heaven's Sake, a Southern gospel music trio from Southern Illinois, will be appearing in concert at First Southern Baptist Church in Farina this Sunday at 6 p.m.
    The trio is comprised of John and Judy Roberts, co-hosts of the Southern Illinois Homecoming Gospel Choir for the past 15 years, and Cheryl Harre, a featured soloist with the Homecoming Gospel Choir, also for the past 15 years.

  • Kelly Hebenstreit and Jeremy Curll, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Shaun Allen Ramsey and Dana Evonne Miller, both of Marshall, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 7-11 as National Public Health Week.

    With Gottman is Rhonda Andrews, administrator of the Fayette County Health Department. The proclamation recognizes that "strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health."

  • Reed Oliver Likas
    Aaron and Aleah Likas of St. Louis, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 1:21 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • The Vandalia Soroptimist Club has received notice that Tracy Fifer has won the District I and the South Central Region Women’s Opportunity Award.