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Today's Features

  • Frederick Liam Towler
    Ashley and Chad Towler of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:25 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Cori Michelle Huskey and Jason Keith Belcher, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, in Gretchen Wilson Park in Pocahontas.

  • Kate Doll and Ben Timmermann, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    Simple acts of kindness seem to be less evident in today’s world. It is so important to look for ways that we can help each other. At EO, this is practiced by volunteers who give time and talent each Monday afternoon. Attendance is usually high, as everyone looks forward to the programs.
    Cindy Hunter was in charge this week and led everyone in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. She also welcomed a first-time visitor, Crystal Atwood.

  • One Voice to perform Sunday in Cowden

    The gospel singing group, One Voice, will be performing this  Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.
    Formed in 2003, the trio has performed across the Midwest. They also have done tours in California, and have one planned for a five-state tour in the Southeast United States.
    For more information, call the church at 217-783-2109.

    Alma church holding revival services

  • I love this time of the year! Those of you who know me are most likely thinking, “I bet you love it, with all the occasions to be a glutton.”

  • A ground-breaking ceremony for a building to house a Catholic healing ministry, founded by two Vandalia women, was held on Monday.

  • Smoky, the (Adorable) Little Donkey…
    …and his barn buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, Sugarfoot, the mini-stallion, and their daughter, Sudy, are all getting their fuzzy, winter coats.
    Smoky is always so cute in the winter with his fuzzy “bangs” down his forehead and just above his eyes.
    Lady and Sudy’s coats get pretty heavy, and Sugarfoot’s black coat is heavier, but he still looks pretty sleek, and with his long, long tail, he looks very handsome.

  • St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 196.
    Sunday’s organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.
    Elders were Kevin Wodtka and Reggie Grandt.
    Advent services begin this Wednesday and continue on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., concluding on Dec. 21.
    The LYF will be hosting fellowship and desserts following each Advent service.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jim Alexander
    -Wes Harmeier
    -Lloyd Schaal
    -Becky Scoggin

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Nov. 30
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will decorate the Christmas tree at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
    Thursday, Dec. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.