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Today's Features

  • Christmas Guests
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter hosted a Christmas day dinner.
    Those attending were: Helen Limes of St. Peter, Kyle Barton of Collinsville, Dale and Lori McKinney, Dustin and Shooter of Farina, Mahala Harpster and Nathan Jacquin.
    Evening guests of the Harpsters were: Mary Harpster of St. Peter, Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Rollie and Trieva Henson of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church

  • The Critters are Ready for Winter…
    …the outdoor critters anyway, and with the light snow on the ground this morning (Tuesday), making the woods look pretty, but cold, it is a good thing their Creator provides for them.
    Of course, they have their little barn, and when there is snow or rain in the picture, Smoky pretty much stays in it. He doesn’t like to get his beautiful ears wet.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 28
    • No Bible study, no choir practice and no youth group at First United Methodist Church.
    Saturday, Dec. 31
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church, 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Jan. 1
    • Happy New Year!
    • Please start the year of 2012 by attending the church of your choice.
    • Master’s Voice in concert, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D. A love offering will be taken.
    Monday, Jan. 2
    • The St. Elmo City Council will not meet until Tuesday night.

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces featured Sophia, a little 5-year-old girl who is now in the worst stage of spinal muscular atrophy, and whose only wish was for a service dog to retrieve objects she dropped and to be her companion, a “buddy.” She asked for an orange dog, because that is her favorite color.
    Also featured was “Tony,” a golden retriever, a family pet that had lost his family and little girl due to circumstances that made them unable to properly care for him. They placed him in caring hands.

  • One of my childhood memories is that of Grandpa Lawson having a stroke a day or two before Christmas and dying.

  • By Karen Redfern
    Both sadness and joy marked Monday afternoon, when Phyllis Rames announced that one incredible lady by the name of Jeanne Witbracht had died during the weekend.
    Steadfast, loyal and giving, Jeanne was a dedicated Evergreen Outreach volunteer who will no longer be in our midst. She will be missed.

  • Free Christmas dinner at Northside

    A free Christmas dinner will be offered at Northside Christian Church to those who aren't able to be with their family on the holiday.
    The dinner, which runs from noon until 1 p.m. on Christmas day, will be available to the first 100 guests to sign up. To make reservations, call the church at 283-1970 by Friday.
    The church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.   

    Live nativity scene through this Friday

  • Christmases (long) Past….
    …No, not the Charles Dicken’s “Scrooge” kind of memories, but pleasant … or at least not terrible ones.
    I was probably just about 4years old for my earliest ones. We lived in Vandalia, on South First street, just about two houses away from the railroad tracks and on the east side of the street.

  • Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of their daughter, Mahala Harpster, from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday, Dec. 17.
    She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agri-business.
    Others attending the graduation were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster, Amanda Eller and Nathan Jacquin. Following the ceremony, the family dined at Shogun Japanese restaurant in Cape Girardeau.
    St. Peter Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 21
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Saturday, Dec. 24
    • The First Church of God will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5-7 p.m.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have a candlelight come-and-go Communion from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will have a Communion service at 6:30 p.m.
    • The St. Elmo Christian Church will have a candlelight Communion service at 6 p.m.