Today's Features

  • Tara Casey and Darren Lunn, both of O’Fallon, were united in marriage in a private ceremony on Dec. 30, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, with the Rev. Jimmy Duncan officiating.

  • Jamie Bullington and Paul Kistler, both of Torrington, Wyo., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jones of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 6.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    The last day of April ushers in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries.
    Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors. I think I recall at one time our Vandalia school children had May Day picnics in the park.
    So, not to be outdone, EO volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, which delighted those attending on Monday.

  • Several area residents and pastors participated in prayers at various locations around Vandalia this week as a prelude to the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

  • Women's trio to perform this Sunday

    The Liberty Belles Trio, a Southern gospel women's group from Liberty, Mo., will perform at Crown Point Church Sunday at 10 a.m.
    The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road.
    For more information, call the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

    Summer lunches meeting is Wednesday

  • Things do not always take place in God’s kingdom the way we expect. Adam and Eve decided to disobey God. Sin was born. This sin is passed along to all of us.

  • Birth
    Divo and Pam Noschese of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Giovanni Dominic, born on April 24, 2012.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Isabella, age 3.
    Grandparents are Rick and Ellen Dorr, and Mary Ellen Noschese.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 192.
    The organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Eric Fortman.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Kevin Wodtka.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:

  • Nature’s Critter’s “Sound(s) of Music”
    The melodic sounds of the wild birds have been so prevalent over other sounds, even over the I-70 road traffic, and we have enjoyed them so much. This weekend, as we worked outside, we noticed more little creatures joining the chorus

    Thursday, May 3
    • The World Day of Prayer will be held at noon at St. Elmo City Hall.
    • Because of the World Day of Prayer , the St. Elmo Business Association will not meet until Thursday at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Ryan’s at Effingham. Those going are to meet at 5:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.
    Friday, May 4