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Today's Features

  • National Pet Week …
    …is in progress and some of our reader’s pets are starring in this week’s  “Critter Corner”

  • Birth
    Kyle and Dawn Urban of St. Peter are the parents of a daughter born on May 2, 2012. She has been named Olivia Kay.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter, and Vickie West of Kinmundy.
    Baptism
    Dexten Monroe Lotz, infant son of Nathan and Jessica Lotz, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. His sponsors were Bryan Lotz, Garrett Bartels and Joshua Bartels.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 9
    • The annual Kid’s Klub Fun Fair will be from 6-8 p.m. in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Vans will not run. All kids in third grade and under must be accompanied by an adult (high school or older). It will be the last Kid’s Klub until school starts in the fall. There will be games, inflatables, face-painting, hair paint and food
    • The St. James 4-H Club meeting, 8 p.m.
    Thursday, May 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Who are the members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia? They are part of an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

  • Brynlee Merynn Willms
    Trevor and Megan Willms of Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 2:37 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

  • Betty Yarbrough
    A surprise party for Betty Yarbrough's 90th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday May 12, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.

  • Tara Casey and Darren Lunn, both of O’Fallon, were united in marriage in a private ceremony on Dec. 30, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, with the Rev. Jimmy Duncan officiating.

  • Jamie Bullington and Paul Kistler, both of Torrington, Wyo., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jones of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 6.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    The last day of April ushers in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries.
    Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors. I think I recall at one time our Vandalia school children had May Day picnics in the park.
    So, not to be outdone, EO volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, which delighted those attending on Monday.