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Today's Features

  • Kayla Michelle Kern and Ryan Lee Ochs, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Jennifer Beausang and Wesley Hoffman, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of John and Jean Beausang of Collinsville.
    She graduated from Collinsville High School in 1999, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration on photojournalism.
    She is currently the manager of the Avalon Exchange store in the Delmar/University City loop in St. Louis.

  • Vandalia native Michael Ehrat has been named chief executive officer of Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, Texas.

  • More than 2,500 4-H exhibits from across the state were evaluated and displayed during the Illinois State Fair, and Fayette County 4-H’ers were part of that exhibition, with 14 members making the long trip to Springfield on Monday, Aug. 13, to have their project work evaluated. They earned the right by being selected in the top of their divisions at the Fayette County 4-H Show June 29-30 in Brownstown.

  • Donald “Jake” and Georgianne (Edwards) Tompkins of Smithboro will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

  • Edward and Doris Helm of Vandalia will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7.


    Ed Helm and the former Doris Isbell were married at her parents’ home in Vandalia on Sept. 7, 1947.
    They are the parents of a daughter, Jan and her husband Pete Manuel of Marshall.
    They also have one grandson, Chris and wife Kim of Covington, Ga., and two great-granddaughters.
    A card shower is requested for the couple. Cards may be sent to: 2504 Whitler Lane, Vandalia, Ill. 62471

  • By Mary Woolsey
    Sounds are important. Sunday night, the gentle sound of rain falling was a wonderful thing. Listening for the stir of a baby during the night is another. The sound of beautiful music is always refreshing.
    Such was the case on Monday as SoftFire began playing. David and Patricia Pence (known as SoftFire) have an assortment of musical instruments, and are also talented vocally. One of their early numbers was “What a Mighty God We Serve.”

  • St. James women publish cookbook

    For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known as great cooks.
    To help raise money to restore the church's steeple, the women have published the "Town and Country Cookbook."
    The book includes more than 250 recipes, contributed by more than 100 church members. To obtain one, call the church at 283-0725.

    Sefton churches to meet Sept. 8, 9

  • In the beginning, God created the Garden of Eden for his children. In the midst of the garden grew the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. The Lord God told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden except one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

  • Anniversary
    Myron and Della Pontious celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Old Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia on Saturday.
    Those people attending were from Wisconsin, St. Louis, Mo., Columbia, Ill., Effingham, Teutopolis and St. Peter.
    Airlifted to St. John’s
    Helen Limes, mother of Belinda Harpster, both of St. Peter, was airlifted to St. John’s hospital in Springfield on Thursday night. She returned home on Monday.
    Weekend Visitors