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Today's Features

  • Carol Ann Reuscher of Vandalia and Kyle McCollum of Charleston were united in marriage in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on July 9, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Peter Kolb officiating.

  • Amanda Burchett and Travis Torbeck, both of Collinsville, were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2011, at Patriots Park in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Doyle Burchett and Patricia Richter of Greenville.
    She was given in marriage by her stepfather, Clinton “Mick” Richter.
    The bride chose her sister, Tamara Austin of Tuscon, Ariz., as her maid of honor.
    The groom is the son of Scott and Karen Torbeck of St. Peter.

  • Winterizing the Chicken Roost
    With the temperatures taking a dip well below freezing, snowflakes drifting down and around, and the strong, cold, winds penetrating the surrounding timber, it was time to turn the heat on (not the oven or roaster), for the girls, Blackie and Rhonda (hens).
    Papa Bear Bill bought them a brand new heat bulb and the roost is now much warmer.  
    The other outdoors critters seem to be making it OK, with new, fresh bedding put down in their barn.

  • St. Peter Church
    New Year’s Eve attendance was 94. Organist was Scott Gercken.
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 107.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka.
    Acolyte was Dakota Bockstruck.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Glenn Bergmann
    -Chuck Dunaway
    -John Stedlin
    • Those serving our country
    • Our shut-ins
    Birthdays
    • Richard Dorr
    • David Harmeier

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Jan. 5
    • This is the deadline for enrolling in the Master Gardener program. See the information following the announcements.
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Marilyn Sproat’s home.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, Jan. 7

  • A look at the businesses along the rejuvenated Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues in this issue with a look at Sew Liberty Sewing and Fabric Shop.

  • Annly Michelle Garrison
    Heather and John Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo., are the parents of a girl born at 8:06 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Barnes Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.


    She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Annly Michelle.
    Grandparents are Stanley and Julie Smith of Burlington, Ky., and Mike and Kay Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo.
    Great-grandparents are Allen and Joyce Smith of Vandalia, and Therman and Dorothy Gipson of Woburn.

  • Lucile Bingaman
    An open house to celebrate Lucile Bingaman’s 100th birthday will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the social room at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to: P.O. Box 395, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
    The family is requesting no gifts, just cards or attendance at the open house.

  • Ed and Mona Durbin of rural Brownstown celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 13.


    Ed is the son of Billy and Lois Durbin of St. Elmo, and Mona is the daughter of Willie and Helen Bergmann of Farina. They are the parents of two children, Zach and Megan Durbin.

  • Neil and Melinda Jolliff will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-6 p.m. this Friday at the Patoka Christian Church.