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Today's Features

  • A few months ago, I heard this incredible story on a radio talk show that I listen to every night. Through research on the Internet, I found that it is, in fact, a true story and was taken from a speech given by former Arkansas governor and potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2007.

  • Oklahoma Houseguests
    Curtis and Betty Dowling from Chacotah, Okla., arrived at the home of Ed and Doris Young in St. Peter early Tuesday afternoon on June 14 and left early Friday morning, June 17.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 22
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 4:30 p.m., Altamont McDonald’s.

  • Kristin Bachula and Zachary Stombaugh, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Breann Sidwell of Brownstown and Kennard Milano of Salem have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Brad and Nikki Sidwell of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of James and Mary Ann Milano of Salem.
    The couple are planning a 3:30 p.m. wedding on Saturday, July 23, at Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown.
    A reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Libell
    The descendant’s of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Isaac Noah and Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton met on June 5 at Vandalia Park, with 43 in attendance.
    All enjoyed a day of food, family and visiting.
    Charles and Cayla (Alverson) Grandt added twin boys to the family on Jan. 5.

  • The Vandalia Rotary Club recently hosted to a lunch the volunteers who have helped at the club's quarterly blood drives for the past several years.

    Many of those volunteers are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. Pictured, from left, are Alvena Noffsinger, Linda Rhodes, Amy Meseke, George Meseke, Katie Schukar and Dolores Michel. (Not pictured is volunteer Carolyn Murray.) To the right of those volunteers are Rotary members Dale Freeman, Dr. Howard White and White's wife, Mary, who help coordinate the blood drives for the club. 

  • Lauren Joyanne Tompkins
    Bradley and Jill Tompkins of rural Smithboro are the parents of a girl born at 1:07 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Audrey Talmage of New Bern, N.C., and Mark McElroy of Fairview Heights, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in New Bern, N.C.


    The bride is the daughter of Timothy and Candice Talmage of New Bern, N.C. The groom is the son of James and Wilma McElroy of Shobonier.
    The couple resides in Fairview Heights.

  • Phil and Imogene Bunyard of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th anniversary on Friday, July 1.


    Anyone wishing to send cards may mail them to their home: RR 2, Box 311, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.