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Today's Features

  • Sarah Meyer of rural Alma and Mitch Johnson of rural Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Megan Hunter and Gregory Maher, both of O’Fallon, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Earl Hovious is a quiet man, not one to talk about himself, but his life has been lived so that the village of Brownstown, neighbors, and friends voted him as the first-ever Citizen of the Year a few years ago.

  • Josie & Callie – Faithful Nurses?
    The malady that has been affecting so many people lately hit the Homestead feminine human (me) suddenly Friday evening, requiring close and unfettered access to the emesis basin, bathroom and bed, and continued on until later Sunday morning.

  • Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper, hosted by the Men of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. in the school gym.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Saturday night was 215. Attendance on Sunday was 79.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Coleen Blomberg
    -Gladys Graumenz
    -Leann Hardiek
    -Clyde King

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 24
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, January 26
    • The Clothes Closet, now located in the First United Methodist Church parsonage, 9 a.m.-noon.
    Sunday, January 27
    • After the First United Methodist Church morning worship, there will be a birthday potluck in the Fellowship Hall. Tables will be decorated in monthly themes. Also, there will be a dessert auction.

  • The good news is that new opportunities for shoppers and those needing services and/or information continue to grow in downtown Vandalia, as previously vacant storefronts are filling up with displays.

  • Dana Frances Kirk and Craig Michael Kern, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a ceremony on Sept. 29, 2012, at Liberty Church in Bingham.

  • Don and Emily Ehrat of rural Shobonier will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday at the Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall in rural Shobonier.

  • Partners in the newest business in downtown Vandalia, Nathan Dothager and Cody Scott are local men, and both grew up and attended school in Vandalia.