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Today's Features

  • On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings of the King of Kings.
    (Advent Hymn)

    John the Baptist did not have an identity crisis, but evidently the people around him did.  John knew very well who he was and what his life was all about; those around him seemed quite puzzled, though.

  • Visits Grandchildren
    Helen Limes of St. Peter returned home on Friday from a week’s visit to Hobbs, N.M.
    She spent the week with her grandson, Dustin Kizziar and family.
    It was a surprise for her daughter, Sandy Kizziar of Gruver, Texas, who was also visiting Dustin for the week.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 194. Sunday’s organist was Scott Gercken.
    Elders were Curtis Jenne and Charles Wachholz.
    Advent services will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and conclude on Dec. 21.

  • Rhonda, the Red Hen, New Girl on the Roost
    As Blackie, the hen seemed to still be in depression over the loss of her buddy, Anita, we decided she needed a new friend.
    Sharon, who works in the Rural King, volunteered to send one of her chickens to the Homestead to help Blackie adjust.
    Rhonda is an  “eyes-are-brown” hen and seems friendly and, we hope, will be a buddy to Blackie. However, at the present time, they have a chicken wire divider between them.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Dec. 15
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, 12 noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Dec. 16
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11:30 a.m., Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a complimentary T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Chase Michael Herderhorst
    Trevor and Tiffany Herderhorst of Belleville are the parents of a boy born at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Alan and Cindy Laramee of Vandalia have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Blythe Smith, to Nathaniel Bergstrom, the son of Glen and Penny Bergstrom of Florissant, Mo.

  • 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.