Today's Features

  • Myron and Della Pontious recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

    Myron Pontious and Della Brooks were married on July 27, 1952, near Bible Grove, in her parents’ yard.
    They celebrated their anniversary with a dinner at Old Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia, attended by their children and grandchildren, and their spouses; friends; and one great-grandchild.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    You can tell it’s football season, because on Monday we had to PUNT! More about that later.
    Betty Schulte played the piano as we started our meeting. We had a full 10 tables, and caught up on the past week as we had our refreshments. Cindy Hunter, our program manager for the day, set the stage for the Rev. Ernie Flowers. Let me tell you a little about him. He has two children (both around 60 years old), which, according to his own words, makes him "older than dirt." Ha!  

  • Archery clinic is Saturday at Bethel
    An archery clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The clinic, sponsored by the Nimrod Squad, includes archery games, prizes and lunch. The cost is $5 per person, and all ages are invited.
    The church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call Steve Bowen at 339-5244 or Tony Flowers, at 337-967-4482.
    To register, e-mail Bowen at: stevebo64@ymail.com.

    Life Chain rally planned for Oct. 7

  • I have never been one to predict a date for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We all know of those who have made predictions, and ended up looking rather foolish!

  • Trauma on the Homestead
    (Or ‘A Close Encounter of the Worst Kind’)
    Katy, the new Homestead (puppy) Critter, seems to have a talent for escaping her pen (which is plenty roomy, has a gazebo, and a good view of the house and the goings-on, thereof).
    The first time, she learned to unfasten the gate. The second time, she dug a hole under the fence. The good thing is, both times she stayed near the house, although we weren’t home and as she hadn’t seemed to bother anything or anybody, there seemed to be no real problem … we thought.

  • Open House
    The children of Lloyd and Joan Schaal of St. Peter hosted an open house for their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Several friends and family were in attendance.
    Kaly Grace and Ella Karyne Benning, daughters of Matthew and Tina Bennin of St. Peter, were baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Kaly’s sponsors are Mike and Tammy Sasse, and Ella’s sponsors are Lucas Benning and Sally Emerick.
    Weekend Visitors

    Thursday, September 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 29

  • To harvest means to reap; to share means to give. That is what many Fayette County folks have been doing this year becasue of a drought, loss of jobs and higher costs of the grocery bills.

  • ID Theft Workshop
    Protect Yourselves Against Identity Theft:  It’s a growing problem that threatens us all.
    Come and learn about how identity theft can occur, obtain valuable tips as to how you might protect yourself and learn about what steps can be taken if you fall victim to this crime.
    Everyone is invited to participate in this educational workshop at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct.  21, at 7 p.m., in the Augsburg Church fellowship hall.
    Attend Festival

  • Smoky (the adorable) Little Donkey…
    … either has ESP or ESH (extraordinarily sharp hearing).
    We have noticed this happening in times past and marvel at his ability to know when Bill is pouring and/or sitting down with his morning cup of coffee.
    Bill had just poured his coffee this morning and started to sit down (at 5:15 am) when Smoky brayed his musical “Good Morning,” a reminder to Bill that he and his stable-mates hadn’t had their breakfast yet.