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Today's Features

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    We had another great day, regardless of the downpour that nailed the bus as it was picking up our FAYCO friends!

  • I’m Norris Price, a retired minister, and I got angry a few weeks ago. It all began when Sam called and asked if I could meet with him to discuss a major event in his life.

  • Critter Corner
    All is well with the Homestead Critters at this time. The rains are keeping the Longhorn’s pasture lush and green and they seem to be enjoying life as they graze, take naps in the sunshine, settle down early in the evenings to rest, sleep  later in the mornings and take interest in things going on around them, namely us as we are outside doing chores.
    The henhouse is still producing at least two eggs a day. We would like to give Blackie and Rhonda the run of the yard and pasture, but we are afraid they would wander out on the highway.

  • Wedding
    Sam Stock of Farina and Shayla Branham of Vandalia were married on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.  
    Father’s Day Visitor
    Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Sunday Dinner Guests
    Sunday evening dinner guests of Leland and Amy Reiss of St. Peter were Dane and Belinda Harpster, Mahala Jacquin, Braden Will and Tori Robbins.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 19
    • School board annual budget hearing, 5 p.m., unit office; and regular meeting, 5:15 p.m., unit office.
    • The Vit-Em-In class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, June 21
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet at 214 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-noon.
    • Tasha Dial book signing, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Kristin Davison of Vandalia and Matthew Osorio of Horseshoe Bend, Ind., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Emily Shields of Vandalia and Aaron Janssen of Fillmore have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Libell
    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Isaac Noah and Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton met June 1 at Vandalia City Park.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on May 29 at Maverick Restaurant in Litchfield, with 23 members, including new member Wayne Buck of Carlinville, and three guests.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by President Dean Black. After the buffet meal, Black welcomed everyone to the luncheon and meeting.
    He asked all members who had served in the military to stand, and he thanked them for their service to our country and then read a poem, “Freedom Is Not Free.”

  • Brad Brannon, horticulture instructor at Vandalia Correctional Center, has been selected as “Employee of the Year” for the Central District of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Brannon was presented with his award in April at the Central District inservice held at Decatur Correctional Center.
    The announcement was made by IDOC Vocational Coordinator Kathleen Mattingly.
    “Brad has always demonstrated a daily positive demeanor with his students, fellow staff and administration, as well within the Vandalia community as well.