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Today's Features

  • Attend Concert
    Warren, Lucretia, Adam, Erin and Wilbert Schroeder of St. Peter and Bonnie Clark of Shobonier attended the fall concert at Kaskaskia College on Oct. 4.
    Kent Clark, son of Warren and Lucretia, performed with the orchestra on the alto saxophone.
    Attend Tournament
    Belinda Harpster accompanied Stacey and Haley Bergmann to Peoria over the weekend to the 22nd annual Christ Lutheran Volleyball Tournament.
    There were 24 teams in the tournament, and the Lady Saints finished in fourth place.
    St. Peter Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Oct. 12
    • The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    Thursday, Oct. 13
    • The Lunch Bunch, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Post Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    •  The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

  • Several students, faculty and community residents participated in the recent "See You at the Pole" activity at Vandalia Community High School.

  • By Mary Woolsey
    Phyllis Rames welcomed each guest at Monday’s Evergreen Outreach, which was held this week at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care. The numbers were down because it was Columbus Day.
    Rames called Erna Wasmuth to the microphone, and others joined with her to sing “Jesus Loves Me.”
    Stacey Kistler gave a devotional using “The Word for You Today.” This book is a WJLY radio station devotional for daily reading. Kistler used the Oct. 9 devotion called “Change Can Happen to You.”

  • St. James Lutheran to resume schedule

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia will resume its regular worship schedule this Sunday. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
    Because of the street construction in front of the church, worshipers are asked to park in the lot behind the church, which can be accessed from Eighth Street.

    Free photos offered at Bethel Baptist

  • There it was – the headline caught my attention – and begged for my audience: “More Americans customize religion to fit their personal needs.” This headline was on the second page of the USA Today newspaper, dated Sept. 13, 2011.
    I read every line with great interest.

  • Benjamin Joshua Williams
    Nathaniel and Tricia Williams of St. Elmo are the parents of a boy born at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • On Saturday, Oct. 22, young people in Fayette County will join employees from the Vandalia Walmart to celebrate the county 4-H program and encourage artistic expression.
    Walmart will host youth in the store from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn more about the 4-H visual arts project.
    Young people will learn fun ways to decorate pumpkins for the fall season, and each youth will take home, at no cost, a pumpkin he or she decorated.
    Families can learn more about joining a local 4-H club from University of Illinois Extension Educator Judy Mae Bingman.

  • Donna Blair, right, retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years and four months. She is shown with Vandalia Post Office Postmaster Tammy Smith.

  • Viktoria Halmagyi of Vandalia and C. Landon Parvin of Fredericksbug, Va., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee.
    The future groom is a writer.
    They will be married on Sunday, Nov. 13, following the worship service at St. James Lutheran Church.