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Today's Features

  • Milli Marie Portz
    Brad and Lynn Portz of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 2:04 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Durbin of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.


    David and Lila Durbin were married on Sept. 16, 1962, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
    They are the parents of three children: Sherri and her husband Don VonBehren of Summerville, S.C., Darren of Alma and Brady of Farina.
    They have four grandchildren: Kara VonBehren, Alec VonBehren, Kyle Durbin and Shelby Durbin.
    Cards and letters from family and friends may be sent to: 206 N. Mulberry St., Farina, Ill. 62838.
     

  • Joe and Ruth Smithson of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 28.

    The Smithsons were married at First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. J.H. Reeter officiating.
    They are the parents of three sons: Brian and his wife Melodye, Darin and his wife Stephanie, and Brad and his wife Lori.
    They have 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
    An open house reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the gym at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in St. Peter.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schaal of St. Peter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 23, with an open house.

  • While I was in seminary, oh,  so many years ago, I became very close friends with a fellow student of mine who was from the Czech Republic (the former Czechoslovakia).

  •  Three-day revival set at New Bethel

    A three-day revival is planned for Sept. 21-23 at New Bethel Baptist Church northwest of Ramsey.
    Preaching during the revival will be David Keyes, an evangelist from Paducah, Ky., who formerly lived in Fillmore.
    Evening services will be held at 7 p.m. each night, and a basket dinner homecoming event will be held on Sunday.
    For more information, call the Rev. Larry Arndt at 217-851-1779 or 283-2396.

    Crown Point revival starts this Sunday

  • Hummingbirds Filling Their “Tanks”…
    …for the trip south for the winter.
    Several readers have commented on the increased activity around their hummingbird feeders, filling up with nutrients for their trip to their winter headquarters.
    They are amazing little creatures. One wonders if they make “pit stops” along the way south to refuel their delicate little bodies.
    Homestead Barn Critters Still in Summer Coats

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family, in Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, the family enjoyed a cookout at the home of Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller.
    Those attending were: Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 13
    • Embarras River District United Methodist Women fall Annual meeting, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Neoga United Methodist Church.

    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Funfest in observance of wine month will be held at the Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James from noon-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. to attend a concert on Saturday; and the normal hours of 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Dr. Glen Skow was born and reared in New York City, but has just a subtle “city” accent.