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Today's Features

  • Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, April 24.

    For those wishing to send cards, the address is: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Brittany Williams of St. Elmo and Eric Harrison of Shafter have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Mallory Jillian Drewes and Nicholas Curtis Jones have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Kayla VonBehren and Jacob Etcheson were united in marriage on Sept. 1, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.

  • Vincent “Vinnie” Thull will celebrate his 101st birthday on July 19, 2013. He remembers the Great Depression and many, almost-forgotten facts and places in Fayette County like they were yesterday.
    Displaying his sense of humor, he said with a grin,  “Trouble is, I don’t remember yesterday very well.”

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    Representing Fayette County HCE (District 6), Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Anna Jean Rhodes and Debbie Segrest attended the three-day 89th annual conference of the Illinois Association  for Home and Community Education at the Keller Convention in Effingham on March 12-14. Blackwell and Segrest were also voting delegates. Also representing Fayette County for part of the conference were Debbie Swain, Phyllis Pryor and Elizabeth Kasten.

  • ‘Katy-Did’ – An All-Weather Doggie
    As this was the first pretty deep snow in Katy’s young life, we wondered how she would take to it. No problem!
    She went outside wagging her tail (behind her) and showed no distress or uneasiness as she went about her usual business.  She seems to be an all-weather dog, as she doesn’t mind the rain, either.

  • Birth
    Brandon and Amberley (Barnick) Wells of Farina are the parents of a son, Caedyn James, born on March 19, 2013.
    He weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18 inches long.  
    Grandparents are Stacey and Lynn Bergmann of St. Peter, Bill Wells of Salem, and Carla and Charles Hassebrock of Edgewood.
    Weekend Basketball

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • A Maundy Thursday “come and go” communion, 5-7 p.m., First Church of God.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, March 29

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dick Paul of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 4.