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Today's Features

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Feb. 28 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 24 members, two new members and four guests present.
    Guests attending were Kenneth and Angie Hagan, Millie Brooks and Pat Hamilton. Mike Mulhern introduced Henry and Raynette Sanchez, who joined the club at this meeting.
    The pledge to the flag was followed by the meal prayer, given by Brock Fisher. After the meal, Vice President Mulhern welcomed everyone. Everyone introduced themselves to the new members.

  • A Heartwarming Sign of Spring Along the Lane
    As we were driving along our lane last Monday morning, we witnessed a sign of spring that was heartwarming.
    A mother longhorn cow had just given birth in neighbor Scott’s pasture. She was near the lane fence and had just delivered her baby, a cute little white calf with brown around its face.
    She was nuzzling and washing the baby and we stopped the car to watch the homey scene. However, when I got out of the car to take their picture, she stopped washing the baby to keep an eye on me.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Mother of Dolors meal is March 17

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.
    The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks.
    The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and up and free for children ages 5 and under. Carryouts are available by calling 283-8738.

  • By Mary Woolsey
    Beulah Brown welcomed everyone with the old greeting: "We’re all in our places with bright shiny faces." She has the wonderful gift of welcoming.
    We sang the "Outreach" and "Welcome" songs, and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Marge Tipsword, Donna Pruett, Tracy Stokes and Bill Whitehurst.
     It was good to see Bernie Ray back at the piano. She played some wonderful music,  including “You Belong to Me.”

  • All over the world and in every age, there has been a universal fear of death. Death is inevitable, and we know that all our lives.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of sixth-grade basketball players is pictured more than 40 years ago.

  • Christi Smith is the scheduled speaker for the Lenten Luncheon, the fourth of the season, next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • Marie Arnold
    A card shower has been requested for Marie Arnold, who will celebrate her 97th birthday this Saturday.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 1, Box 74, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Leanne Marie Montgomery
    Tyler and Stefanie Montgomery of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20½ inches long. She was named Leanne Marie.
    She has a sister, Lucy, age 2.