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Today's Features

  • Lauren Nicole Crocks and Travis Leslie Gould have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Chelsey Stewart of Vandalia and Jacob Jolliff of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Brandi Sheraden and Jeff Storey, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Airman Jordan Evans
    Air Force Airman Jordan R. Evans graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schaal of Shobonier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 17, with a family luncheon.

    Eugene Schaal and Nancy Miller were married on Feb. 24, 1963, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.
    The Schaals have lived in rural Shobonier all of their married life. They have four sons: Kevin and his wife Lori of San Antonio, Texas, Tim and his wife Lori of Decatur, Jeff and his wife Kelly of Des Peres, Mo., and Joe and his wife Rachel of Vandalia. They have 10 grandchildren.

  • Carolyn Faye Taylor of Vandalia and Gordon Ray Thacker of Mulberry Grove were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Temple Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating.

  • Smokey, the Little Burro’s Winter ‘Hair Do’

  • On behalf of the Modern Woodmen of the World Lodge 561 of Effingham members Morgan and Phyllis Pryor presented a large U.S. flag to Griffith Cemetery in Brownstown.

    Accepting the flag were Griffith Cemetery representatives Joe Kelly and Donald Smail. The presentation was during the Golden Years Club meeting in Brownstown on Feb. 12. Pictured, from left to right, are Kelly, Smail, Phyllis Pryor and Morgan Pryor.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 28
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension office. At 6 p.m., the trophy Committee will meet at the Extension office. Both meetings are open to anyone interested.
    Saturday, March 2

  • By Sharon Mueller
    The dining room at Long Term Care at Fayette County Hospital was completely filled with Evergreen Outreach participants as they gathered on Monday. The regular EO meeting place, First United Methodist Church, was unavailable that day, thus the change of venue.