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Today's Features

  • Claralyn Kay Luchtefeld and Jonathan Tyler Denton, both of Vandalia, were united in married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elmo Christian Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Tom Fedrigon officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of LaQuita (Haslett) and Kelly Booher, and the late Frank Luchtefeld and his wife Lisa. She is the granddaughter of Keith and Margaret Haslett of St. Elmo, Shirley Feree of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late V.R. “Lucky” Luchtefeld.
    She was given in marrage by her stepfather, Kelly Booher.

  • Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitchell Ashbaugh of Effingham were united in marriage in a 2 p.m. ceremony on March 24, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating.

  • Still time to help with summer lunches

    If you were unable to attend the recent volunteer meetings for the Summer Lunches for Kids program, there's still time to help.
    Those who wish to volunteer or make donations to the program but were unable to attend the meetings are asked to call Pat Rhodes, 283-5372, or Northside Christian Church, 283-1970.
    The mission of the program is to provide children with free and nutritious lunches during the summer months.

  • By Karen Redfern
    What a gorgeous and fun-filled day at Evergreen Outreach on Monday.
    Donna Smith entertained us with a few melodies, such as, “When We All Get To Heaven,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “The Grand Old Flag” and many others.
    The Rev. Jim Fackler welcomed all, introduced birthdays and welcomed the Rev. Pete LeDuc. Betty Brown was the only birthday celebrant for the week.

  • More than 100 members and guests enjoyed the annual Ladies' Spring Banquet last Thursday at First Baptist Church.

  • I remember visiting with someone who has always left a lasting impression on me. It was when I was serving my first church after graduating from seminary.

  • A Funny Thing Happened…
    …as friend, Flo Allen , and I were having a telephone conversation.
    All of a sudden, in mid-sentence, she exclaimed, “Oh My!,” in a rather distressed voice.
    Fearing some terrible happening, I asked what was the matter and she replied, “A big mother ‘possum just went past my window with six baby opossums on her back.” I asked her to be merciful towards them, because, after all, we just observed Mother’s Day.

  • Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Friday evening, they went to Chesterfield and dined at the Old Spaghetti Factory and then shopped at Chesterfield Mall.
    On Saturday, they shopped and visited area wineries.
    On Sunday morning, Mahala took Belinda out for Mother’s Day brunch.
    Birth
    Adam and Molly Braun of Vandalia are the parents of a son, born on May 7, 2012.
    He has been named Harrison Randal.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 17
    • Friendship Manor Nursing Home Week activity – Olympics and ballpark snacks, 2 p.m.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, May 18
    • Students are to pick up their grade cards this morning.
    • Friendship Manor Nursing Home Week activity – Carnival Day, 2 p.m.
    Saturday, May 19

  • The baton is passed on, from hand to hand,
    As the race for the cure continues on,
    And when the foe has been disarmed,
    The survivors will have won.

    For the dreaded disease is losing,
    And the battle must continue on,
    ‘Till the words “cancer-free” ring around the world,
    And that will be the survivors’ “Victory Song.”