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Today's Features

  • A Vandalia woman is among artists from throughout the state participating in an exhibition on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
    Lynn Reznick has entered a watercolor, “Buchanan’s Garage Door,” in the 19th Biennial Drawing/Watercolor: Illinois at the Tarble Arts Center at EIU in Charleston.
    The exhibition opened on Dec. 8 and runs through Feb. 24.

  • Sarah Mae Longwell and Donald Wayne Elam, both of Effingham, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.


    The future bride is the daughter of Irma Clements and Leroy Longwell Sr. of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Donald F. Elam and Mary Ann Elam of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a private wedding on Aug. 17 of this year.

  • Shawna Renee Marler of Mulberry Grove and David Andrew Sprague of Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • As a new civil year begins, many make life-changing resolutions to improve their situation, enhance their relationships or make this world a better place. The variety of resolutions is as broad as the many facets of our lives and as difficult or easy as the habits we have formed.

  • Linda Herrmann likes to cook, and she also likes children.

  • A lighted, gaily decorated Christmas tree stands near the front room door of Nancy Davison’s home that she shares with her husband, Ora.

  • Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of Nathan Jacquin, (fiancé of Mahala Harpster) from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    Following the ceremony, the Harpster and Jacquin families went to dinner.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 212.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Katy Meets the Welcoming Committee
    On the advice of Tammie Rogers,  Bill’s puppy, “Katy,” is spending her evenings and nights in the house. (So much for the “We are not going to have another indoor dog” vow we took).  
    As she participated in the “Callie ran 15 feet up a tree and couldn’t get back down” episode, Callie does not hold out the paw of friendship to Katy.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, December 19
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 20
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus’s pre-Christmas headquarters appear to be at the home of Al and Suzanne Schumacher, for Mrs. Claus graciously answered the door and appeared very comfortable and at ease in the Schumacher home.