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Today's Features

  • Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … is getting an early start on his summer tan. He likes to lie behind his barn in the sunshine and has been taking advantage of the recent blessings of the sun’s warm rays. Of course, his “tan” is always a smoky gray, summer or winter.
    Callie, the kitty, also likes to lie in the sun, but she prefers the back deck, close to the patio door. Like Smoky, if it starts to sprinkle, she wants inside under a dry roof.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Madison and Dru Eller spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident Glenn Bergmann on Friday of last week.
    Baptism
    Claire Anna Chasteen, daughter of Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy, was baptized in the Sunday morning service.
    Her sponsors were Mallory and Reid Drewes, Matthew Chasteen and Stephanie Kelsheimer.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 165.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Feb. 22
    • Ash Wednesday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Thursday, Feb. 23
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p. m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 24
    • The Prairieland Pickers, 1:15 p.m., at Brookstone Estates, 1920 Brookstone Lane, Mattoon and 2:30 p.m., at Brookstone Estates South, 2008 W. Ninth St., Mattoon.
    Saturday, Feb. 25

  • In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Hazel Albert Stevenson.
    Identifying her were: Thelma Wright, Allen and Vivian Schmid, Donna Chrisman, Evelyn Bennett  and Joann Tessman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ew tums wive gonuy olpepe ton sa tepym slobtet ot eb dilfel, tub sa descnal ot eb til.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Evans Public Library in Vandalia has expanded its services to include the Consumer Reports Online, in addition to its existing magazine subscription.
    Consumer Reports Online is available to anytime, anywhere by visiting www.epl.lib.il.us. Patrons wanting to use the service can obtain their user ID and password by calling the library, 283-2824.
    Users may use Consumer Reports Online to browse the website to help make smarter buying decisions.
    It’s a quick, easy way to get the best product at the best price.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for lunch and a meeting, with 24 members and two guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given and followed with Vera Miller giving the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened, with the secretary and treasurer report given and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries were read for January.
    A card was signed for members Charles and Doris Duncan, who live in Texas and just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

  • Boone C. Baker
    Air Force Airman Boone C. Baker graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • John Cavaletto of Walnut Hill and Andria Urban of Centralia were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, with the Rev. Mark Girardin officiating.

  • Julia Marie Mizeur
    Lindsy and Phillip Mizeur Jr. of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 1:47 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Northside planning couples retreat

    On Saturday, Feb. 25, Northside Christian Church will host a Couples Retreat from 9 a.m. until noon. Linda Cope, a counselor from First Christian Church in Greenville, will be the speaker. The retreat is designed for everyone – those who are married, in a relationship or considering marriage. The goal is to strengthen relationships, no matter how long people have been together, through Biblical concepts, personal testimony and professional advice.