Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dean Black of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Leon and Linda Lawler of rural Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    Leon and the former Linda Washburn were married at Haley Chapel Church in Bluff City.

  • Happy Birthday to Ralph Calvert, a local icon, who spent years catering to the Vandalia, Fillmore and Hillsboro public through culinary skills; his

    creativity measured by the taste buds of regulars, occasional fare seekers and travelers alike.

    80 years ago, Ralph¹s parents might have guessed that he would be so successful and cherished by so many; leaving a lasting legacy of lineage spread across thousands of miles, two continents and five states.

  • Serving in Africa
    Kristofer Reynolds left for Botswana, Africa, on Friday  and will return on May 26. This is to plan for his unit’s four-week annual training in July and August.
    While they are there, they will be building and repairing a road.
    Weekend Guests/Visitors
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.

  • Critter Corner
    Certain Birds of a Feather…
    …seem to be returning, or at least some of them are.
    When I was a kid, seeing red-winged blackbirds was a common thing as we would be driving along the roads, but the last few years, we hadn’t been seeing them (although Dee Dee Diveley had mentioned she saw them in her neck of the woods).
    We had never seen them on the Homestead since we moved here, about 27 years ago. Then, in the last two weeks, we have seen them along our lane.

    Wednesday, May 23
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, May 24
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, May 26
    • The St. Elmo Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m., high school gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Those attending are to go in the south doors of the gym to pick up the tickets and name tags.
    Sunday, May 27
    • A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Old Loogootee Cemetery.
    Monday, May 28

  • The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Benjamin Mills Chapter, met for its monthly meeting on May 9 at The Glenwood in Greenville.
    Special guests were sisters Jane Hubbert and Ann Hunter, long-time members of the Benjamin Mills Chapter and residents of The Glenwood.
    Jennifer Dunkley from the Greenville campus of Kaskaskia College presented the program on literacy and discussed the Reading Link program, which she heads on the Greenville campus.
    After the business meeting was adjourned, refreshments were served.

  • Jas Edward Dean Taylor
    Amanda and Keith Taylor of Sandoval are the parents of a boy born at 7:46 p.m. on April 14, 2012, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Claralyn Kay Luchtefeld and Jonathan Tyler Denton, both of Vandalia, were united in married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elmo Christian Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Tom Fedrigon officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of LaQuita (Haslett) and Kelly Booher, and the late Frank Luchtefeld and his wife Lisa. She is the granddaughter of Keith and Margaret Haslett of St. Elmo, Shirley Feree of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late V.R. “Lucky” Luchtefeld.
    She was given in marrage by her stepfather, Kelly Booher.

  • Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitchell Ashbaugh of Effingham were united in marriage in a 2 p.m. ceremony on March 24, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating.