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Today's Features

  • First Baptist VBS set for next week

    First Baptist Church of Vandalia will be hosting Vacation Bible School next Sunday through Tuesday.
    The sessions will run from 6-8:30 p.m. daily at the church, which is located at 223 S. Sixth St.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Amazing Wonders Aviation."
    For more information, call the church at 283-0313.  

    Gospel concert Aug. 18 at New Bethel

  • By Charlene Jett
    Now that the heat wave and drought have broken, the Evergreen Outreach gathering  was back at First United Methodist Church on Monday. However, make note, next week we will be back at FCH Long Term Care.

  • A few days ago, I went to a local store to pick up a few things. As I was leaving, I heard young voices saying, "Mr. Dave, Mr. Dave." I walked on, but they got louder and more intense. I turned, waved and said "Hi."

  • In Response to “Critter” Inquiries
    Yes, Katy (the black Lab/blue heeler mix puppy) is growing like a weed and at present seems to be all legs.
    She is 16 weeks old this week, is looking good with a shiny coat. She had gained 4 more pounds prior to her doctor’s visit last week, is lively and playful, wags her tail a lot and is scheduled to visit her gynecologist in the not-too-far future for the recommended voluntary surgery and rabies shot. She is up to date an all other procedures, shots and tests.

  • Twins!
    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters, born on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17 ½ inches long.
    They are welcomed home by their big brother, Marcus, age 3.
    Grandparents are Carl and Karen Benning, Carol Oliver, and Gary and Beth Emerick.
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  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 8
    • The summer reading program will have a program at 1 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library – the Troy Roark Glow-in-the Dark Juggling Show.
    Thursday, Aug. 9
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
    Friday, Aug. 10

  • Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.

  • The daughter of Vandalia natives Barry and Mindy Barenfanger has released her first novel at the age of 15.

  • The Mulberry Grove High School class of 1952 celebrated its 60th reunion on Friday evening, June 1, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

  • The Council of Catholic Women of Mother of Dolors Parish recently honored Rebecca Kerkhoff by nominating her to be a "Woman of Distinction."

    She was recently presented that award by Bishop Paprocki during a Mass in Springfield. She was cited for her volunteer efforts at the church, The Pantry in Ramsey, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia and the Catholic Charities office in Effingham. Pictured with Kerkhoff, left, are Paprocki and Connie Simburger, president of Mother of Dolors Council of Catholic Women.