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Today's Features

  • Editor’s Note: The second story in a series about businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia features McKellar, Robertson, McCarty & Click Insurance.

  • FCC Ladies Christmas brunch Saturday

    First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Vandalia will host a Ladies Christmas brunch this Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
    Providing the music for the event will be Rayvan Gouch, the second-place contestant in the Vandalia Idol contest.

    Chili lunch this Sunday at Holy Cross

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia will host a chili lunch to raise funds for Camp CILCA (in Cantrall) this Sunday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

  • By Edith Elliott
    "The weather outside is frightful...but the fire is so delightful." That line from the Christmas song was appropriate for the weather on Monday.
    Moving from the news of the day in our topsy-turvy world, where politics, budgets and downsizing are the dominant topics, to the peace and joy of Wesley Hall and Evergreen Outreach is akin to finding that "fire."
    Miles Filer greeted everyone at the door, giving assistance where needed.

  • When we think of the birth of Jesus, we always think of a serene nativity scene.

  • Caylee Orr and John Zimmer, both of Kentucky, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on May 14, 2011, at Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, Ky., with the Rev. Frank McCullum, grandfather of the bride, officiating.

  • Star, the Little White Dove…
    …has decorated her cage for Christmas with greenery, red ribbon and her stocking.
    The falling snow flakes Monday really seemed to usher in the season. The Brownstown village workers have put up the Christmas decorations, and they light the streets prettily.

  • 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.