Today's Features

  • CentrePointe Church to sponsor trivia night on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m.

    CentrePointe Church of Vandalia will sponsor a trivia night on Saturday, March 22, at 6 p.m.
    Teams of six to eight players will compete for prizes, and there also will be a silent auction and door prizes.
    There will be a charge of $5 per person at the door.
    Proceeds will go to the church building fund and youth ministry.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    At last we are back to a semblance of normal, thank you, God. After a most difficult and cold winter, we had another successful Evergreen Outreach meeting on Monday.  And I’m 99 percent over my cold. Yea for  sunshine and warm weather!
    The Rev. Jim Fackler and his infamous, gold-plated joke book was our leader. We missed Donna Smith and her husband, so we had to sing our special meeting songs a-capella. Not really a good ring to the ears, but a good message to the heart.

  • On the day of his transfiguration (literally a metamorphosis), Jesus took three of his disciples (Peter, James and John) “and led them up a high mountain…His face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.

  • Too Cold for Petite
    Puppy Paws
    Poor little Josie, our almost 14-year-old puppy – when she goes outside, her little feet get so cold so quickly, that she can hardly move. We pick her up and carry her up and down the steps, but she gets cold as soon as she stands down on the frozen ground.

  • Birth
    Scott and Shelly Reynolds are the parents of a daughter, Lillian Faith, born on Feb. 13, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19 ½ inches long.
    She is welcomed by her brother, Andrew.
    Grandparents are Paul and Beth Reynolds, and Russ and Bev Schwarm.
    Weekend Guests
    Friday evening dinner guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Nathan and Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.; and Larry, Sue, Kyle and Olivia Urban of St. Peter.

    Wednesday, March 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • Reverb Youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kids’ Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, March 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 8

  • Pancake and sausage dinner Thursday at First Methodist

    The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will host its annual pancake and sausage dinner this Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
    The meal will be served in Wesley Hall, and customers are asked to enter from the back parking lot of the church, which is located at 127 N. Fourth St.
    Free-will donations will be accepted to raise funds for United Methodist Men’s projects, such as buying coats and shoes for needy children in area schools.

  • "Most people grow in love with, and marry people who meet their needs." This statement, by Dr. Hafer, was shared with us one Thursday morning at the weekly seminar he led for a small group of ministers in our town.

  • Julia Wren Taylor
    Shane and Kelly Taylor of Augsburg are the parents of a girl born at 11:29 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    She was named Julia Wren.
    Grandparents are Keith and Janet Manley of Vandalia, and John and Patti Taylor of Augsburg.
    Great-grandparents are Addie Mae Smith of East Alton, Lucille Geibel of Vandalia and Marilyn Francis of St. Elmo.