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Today's Features

  • Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson
    Heather Mechel Beck and Timothy Andrew Moeller of Hillsboro are the parents of a boy born at 5:31 p.m. on June 3, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.
    Jaxson Timothy Dale Wilkerson weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Cindy and Dale Whitford of Litchfield, and Scott Beck of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Patrick and Rhonda Wilkerson of Muskegon, Mich., Bruce and Cheryl Richards of Carlinville, and Regina Albert of Oakford.

  • Dothager
    The Herman Dothager family reunion will be held on Friday, July 4, in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • Between the 1850s and 1920s, an estimated 250,000 abandoned or orphaned children were transported from Eastern cities to Midwestern, Southern and Western towns and farm communities for the purpose of giving them a better life, a life away from the dangers of street life.
    They were given one-way tickets and put on a train.

  • Catholic Daughters of the Americas met on June 2 for its monthly meeting, which began with installation of new officers.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    It was a great warm summer day for our meeting, and we made the most of it. We missed FAYCO!
    Our leader was Cindy Hunter, who told us about her recent “dog accident,” where her HUGE dog bit her golden retriever.  Naturally, a trip to the vet was required, but after careful examination, all was found to be well.

  • Visit Daughter
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Return from China
    Jason and Courtney Gladson of Nashville have returned home from China with their daughter, Mabry.
    The Gladsons have two sons, Connor and Grady.  Courtney is formerly from St. Peter.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening attendance was 88.

  • “I got the call now I must go to the Big Game in the Sky. Pack my bag for one last time. I’m on the road again. Press my pants and shine my shoes for the big game in The Big Game in the Sky. So, my friends, listen close for when his whistle blows. For then you’ll know, the game begin and the basketball’s been tossed.”
    Words from memorial card for Jack Scott

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 26
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The first of the summer series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, “Home Orchards,” will be via computer at 6:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. The session is free, but advance registration is needed by calling the Extension Office at 283-2753.
    Friday, June 27

  • Cleo Smith
    Cleo Smith of Hagarstown will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Thursday, June 26.

  • Amanda Crow (left) and Viola Blankenship (right) present to Mary Eisenbarth (center) a Relay for Life quilt that Crow, Blankenship and Guila Stone made for this year’s Relay for Life.