Today's Features

  • • The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a depression, population in the U.S. was a little more than 87,000,000, and Mildred McDowell was born on Feb. 17.

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    Twenty-four members and one guest signed the register for the Golden Years meeting on May 8.

  • Evelyn Probst
    Evelyn Probst will be celebrating her 90th birthday with a reception for family and friends from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ramsey American Legion Home.

    The public is invited. The family requests no gifts.
    Cards may be sent to: Evelyn Probst, RR 1, Box 93, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Kara Ann Stone
    Katie Lape and Jeff Stone of rural Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Miley Worker of Vandalia was recently crowned the Miss Illinois Princess at the International Junior Miss Pageant in Chicago.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dowell of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    Bob Dowell and the former Margie Niehaus were married on June 3, 1962, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Wild Birds
    Last week’s column about the wild birds brought forth several comments from bird watchers. It seems many Fayette County residents provide feeding stations, birdhouses and nesting materials for the little feathered critters.
    Return of the Quail
    The first year we lived here, there was a family of little quail that lived at the north end of the lane. We would sometimes see the little family as we were driving out of the lane. The little ones followed their mother, and we enjoyed them so much.

    Thursday, May 31
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, June 1
    • This is the entry deadline for all 4-H show projects
    Monday, June 4
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, June 5
    • Friendly Neighbors, potluck at noon, Phillips Building.
    • The Summer Reading Program starts at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, June 6

  • Brownstown First Baptist plans VBS

    First Baptist Church of Brownstown will host Vacation Bible School, starting next Monday and concluding next Friday. The program will run from 6-8:30 p.m. daily.
    "Come Fly With Us" is the theme.

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  • “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13.12

    These past three years, the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance has sponsored the National Day of Prayer. Until 2009, Duane Luallen organized this event for more than 20 years. When Duane gave it up for health reasons, it took several ministers to do what he had done. As a community and a ministerial alliance, we are eternally grateful to Duane for his outstanding contributions over the years!