Today's Features

  • 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.

    Wednesday, September 19
    • Kid’s Klub for ages Kindergarten through sixth grade, 7 p.m., First Church of
    God S.H.E.D. Those needing a ride can call 829-3936.
    Thursday, September 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church will have a wiener roast at the rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat at 5 p.m., with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman co-hosts. Hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal.  

  • Jeff Bradley became a member of the Boy Scouts of America 11 years ago. He is 17 now, a senior at Vandalia Community High School and an Eagle Scout.
    Bradley has earned the required 21 merit badges, and for his Eagle project, he provided a new sign for the Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed by the meal blessing by Brock Fisher.
    After the meal was finished, President Dean Black opened the meeting and welcomed the guests.
    The secretary and treasurer report were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read.  It was stated that Ed and Doris Helm were celebrating their 65th anniversary on Sept. 7.

  • Russell Hewitt
    An open house is being planned for Russell Hewitt in honor of his 91st birthday.
    The reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday at Brookstone Estates on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Family and friends are invited to the reception. The family requests that no gifts be given.
    A card shower is also being requested for Hewitt, who was born on Sept. 12, 1921, in Danville. Cards may be sent to 1607 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Capt. Adam W. Cole and Krista S. Kukowski have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Cole of Vandalia.
    He is a 2001 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, earned his undergraduate degree in history from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in diplomacy from Norwich University.
    He is a captain in the Illinois Army National Guard, serving as the commander of C Co. in Litchfield. He works at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.

  • Kari Jo McCarty and Aaron Nathan Boerema have announced their engagement.
    The future bride is the daughter of Ed and Kathy McCarty of Vandalia.

  • Milli Marie Portz
    Brad and Lynn Portz of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 2:04 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Durbin of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

    David and Lila Durbin were married on Sept. 16, 1962, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
    They are the parents of three children: Sherri and her husband Don VonBehren of Summerville, S.C., Darren of Alma and Brady of Farina.
    They have four grandchildren: Kara VonBehren, Alec VonBehren, Kyle Durbin and Shelby Durbin.
    Cards and letters from family and friends may be sent to: 206 N. Mulberry St., Farina, Ill. 62838.