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Today's Features

  • Katy Scheduled for Elective Surgery
    Katy, the newest little doggie face on the Homestead, is now 19 weeks old and will soon have her doggie elective (?) surgery.
    The decision has also been made that she is ready to attend obedience classes. It isn’t that she is bad-tempered or mean in any way. On the other hand, she is overwhelmingly affectionate.
    She loves to play and wants everyone to play with her, all of the time.
    She is also proving to be a good watchdog and alerts us when anything moves in the edge of our yard in the woods.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 30
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.   
    • The first of four programs sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension will be at 7 p.m. at the U of I Extension Office in Vandalia at 118 N. Sixth Street. It is “Beyond Ash and Maple-Tree Selection,” and will be offered via the University of Illinois Telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois.

  • Continuing with the second of three stories in this series of the old Cumberland Road stagecoach stops and the tradition of providing food and rest for travelers and local folks, the focus this week is on the Good Old Days Catering and Banquet Hall at 365 W. Cumberland Road.

  • Nearly 19,000 adults volunteer annually to assist with local 4-H programs across the state. An elite group of those volunteers were honored Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

    Four local volunteers were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation’s Hall of Fame, including Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey.

  • Iris Daiber of Vandalia graduated from the American Legion Youth Police Program on June 29. Daiber was sent to the program by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.

  • Shepard
    Descendants of the late John Harlen and Mary Etta (Stone) Shepard gathered at Patoka Christian Church in Patoka on May 26 for a carry-in dinner.
    Twenty-seven members of the family attended the reunion. Diane Arnold offered the blessing for the meal.

  • Children of William and Sophia Ehrat recently enjoyed a reunion in Vandalia with their sister, Dorothea Albright (seated).

    Behind her, from left to right, are Grace Albrecht of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Walter Ehrat of Vandalia; Berniece McCoy of Denver, Colo.; Arthur Ehrat of Virden; and Ruth Ruprecht of Salem.

  • Five generations of the Hayes family are shown. From left to right are Lisa Radliff, Jessica Peyton, Mary Hayes, Brittney Radliff and Abigail Radliff.

  • Buzzard
    On Sunday, Aug. 12, descendants of Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Frazier Buzzard held a reunion at the Greenland Baptist Church in the new Fellowship Hall at Beecher City. At least 110 descendants and friends attended.
    The church was founded and built on one acre of land donated by Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Buzzard 153 years ago.
    Shirley Gregg Hall and Carol Buzzard Bell greeted everyone at the registration table, having all sign in and giving everyone name tags for names and designating which child of Daniel and Mary’s they descended from.

  • Ella Karyne & Kaly Grace Benning
    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters born on Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17½ inches long.
    They have a brother, Marcus, age 3½.