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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11 a.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Members are to take items for the Caring and Sharing boxes.
    • St. James Hornets 4-H Club, 7 p.m., Christmas party. Those attending are to take an item for the Caring and Sharing, a gift for a gift exchange and finger food.
    Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with Mahala’s parents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Mahala went to Stewardson to pick up her Dalmatian puppy, Norman.
    Marriage
    Tony Farthing of Salem and Julie Roberts of Salem were married on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Tony is the son of Arnold and Shirley Farthing of Salem, and Julie is the daughter of John and Sue Roberts of Farina.
    St. Peter Church

  • As one drives or walks through downtown Vandalia, one notices changes have been, and are being, made. Vehicles are parked along both sides of the streets, and people can be seen walking along, carrying shopping bags with their purchases.

    Several new shops have opened with various services, and the businesses that have persevered the lagging economy, large competition and out-of-town shopping have faithfully stayed in downtown Vandalia.

  • Thursday, Dec. 1 – Barbecue ribbettes on bun, succotash, rosemary potatoes, strawberries & bananas .
    Friday, Dec. 2 – Beef stew, lettuce salad, apple crisp, biscuit.
    Monday, Dec. 5 – Barbecue chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, plums, cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Pepper steak w/oriental vegetables, rice, butter beans, fruit for salad, whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Meatloaf, augratin potatoes, gourmet carrots, cheery fruit crisp, whole wheat bread.

  • Frederick Liam Towler
    Ashley and Chad Towler of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:25 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Cori Michelle Huskey and Jason Keith Belcher, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, in Gretchen Wilson Park in Pocahontas.

  • Kate Doll and Ben Timmermann, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    Simple acts of kindness seem to be less evident in today’s world. It is so important to look for ways that we can help each other. At EO, this is practiced by volunteers who give time and talent each Monday afternoon. Attendance is usually high, as everyone looks forward to the programs.
    Cindy Hunter was in charge this week and led everyone in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. She also welcomed a first-time visitor, Crystal Atwood.

  • One Voice to perform Sunday in Cowden

    The gospel singing group, One Voice, will be performing this  Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.
    Formed in 2003, the trio has performed across the Midwest. They also have done tours in California, and have one planned for a five-state tour in the Southeast United States.
    For more information, call the church at 217-783-2109.

    Alma church holding revival services

  • I love this time of the year! Those of you who know me are most likely thinking, “I bet you love it, with all the occasions to be a glutton.”