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Today's Features

  • Lucile Bingaman
    An open house to celebrate Lucile Bingaman’s 100th birthday will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the social room at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to: P.O. Box 395, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
    The family is requesting no gifts, just cards or attendance at the open house.

  • Ed and Mona Durbin of rural Brownstown celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 13.


    Ed is the son of Billy and Lois Durbin of St. Elmo, and Mona is the daughter of Willie and Helen Bergmann of Farina. They are the parents of two children, Zach and Megan Durbin.

  • Neil and Melinda Jolliff will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-6 p.m. this Friday at the Patoka Christian Church.

  • Jacqueline Shimmin of Palatine and Charles Forbes of Vandalia were united in marriage in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2011, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Glenview, with the Revs. Manny Rocha and Dan Rush officiating.

  • Christmas Guests
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter hosted a Christmas day dinner.
    Those attending were: Helen Limes of St. Peter, Kyle Barton of Collinsville, Dale and Lori McKinney, Dustin and Shooter of Farina, Mahala Harpster and Nathan Jacquin.
    Evening guests of the Harpsters were: Mary Harpster of St. Peter, Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Rollie and Trieva Henson of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church

  • The Critters are Ready for Winter…
    …the outdoor critters anyway, and with the light snow on the ground this morning (Tuesday), making the woods look pretty, but cold, it is a good thing their Creator provides for them.
    Of course, they have their little barn, and when there is snow or rain in the picture, Smoky pretty much stays in it. He doesn’t like to get his beautiful ears wet.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 28
    • No Bible study, no choir practice and no youth group at First United Methodist Church.
    Saturday, Dec. 31
    • Freedom Reigns in Christ Church, 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Jan. 1
    • Happy New Year!
    • Please start the year of 2012 by attending the church of your choice.
    • Master’s Voice in concert, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D. A love offering will be taken.
    Monday, Jan. 2
    • The St. Elmo City Council will not meet until Tuesday night.

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces featured Sophia, a little 5-year-old girl who is now in the worst stage of spinal muscular atrophy, and whose only wish was for a service dog to retrieve objects she dropped and to be her companion, a “buddy.” She asked for an orange dog, because that is her favorite color.
    Also featured was “Tony,” a golden retriever, a family pet that had lost his family and little girl due to circumstances that made them unable to properly care for him. They placed him in caring hands.

  • One of my childhood memories is that of Grandpa Lawson having a stroke a day or two before Christmas and dying.

  • By Karen Redfern
    Both sadness and joy marked Monday afternoon, when Phyllis Rames announced that one incredible lady by the name of Jeanne Witbracht had died during the weekend.
    Steadfast, loyal and giving, Jeanne was a dedicated Evergreen Outreach volunteer who will no longer be in our midst. She will be missed.