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Today's Features

  • The Reno Southern Baptist Church in Sorento will be celebrating its 95th anniversary on July 15.
    Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship services begins at 10: 30 a.m. with a special guest speaker – Dr. Nate Adams of the Illinois Southern Baptist Association in Springfield.
    Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the afternoon program will begin at 1 p.m.

  • Lesters' concert is July Fourth

    The Lesters of St. Louis will appear in concert at the Fourth of July  celebration at Lake Hillsboro. They will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Often called the "first family of gospel music," the Lesters have been singing together for more than four generations. The group includes Brian Lester, Ginger (Lester) Pitchers and Jonathan Lester.
    In case of rain, the concert will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro. For more information, call Laura Sturm at (217) 532-3734.

  • By Karen Redfern
    Monday was such an eventful day at Evergreen Outreach. We were greeted by the wonderful members of SoftFire, who sang several tunes, including: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Marine Song,” “Old-Time Religion,” “The Tennessee Waltz,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
    We are so blessed to have David and Patricia Pence in our midst.

  • Many parents have tried to teach their children an attitude of gratitude by teaching them to say “thank you” whenever they receive a gift or a compliment. Some adults always make an affirmative response when they receive a gift or compliment.

  • Katy’s Puppyhood (Thus Far)
    “Katydid” (Katy for short) will be 10 weeks old this week and seems to be getting taller already.
    As she is (allegedly) a black lab/blue heeler mix, we expect her to be a big, outside dog to scare away the opossums, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, bears, etc.

  • St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 150. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Acolyte was Haley Bergmann.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    -Merle Crain
    -Charlotte Hames
    -Arlene Lee
    Birthdays
    • Brian Gehle
    • Debbie Bergmann
    • Darrell Schaal
    • Robert Carpenter
    • Alexis Roberts
    • Joan Schaal

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 27
    • The Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Altamont McDonald’s for the birthdays’ celebration.
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the unit office to hold a budget amendment hearing and to vote on the budget.
    Thursday, June 28
    • The summer reading program will have a special program, Swords and Roses, at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • David and Susan Oldham’s attention, time and interest had long been exclusively dedicated to the several donkeys that reside on their rural Vandalia homeplace.

  • Clarence Freeman
    Clarence Freeman, a former Vandalia resident now living in a rural suburb of San Diego, will be honored this Sunday as he observes his 105th birthday.
    In 1910, when Freeman was 3 years old, his family moved to Vandalia. He worked for Vandalia Lumber Co. for more than 15 years, beginning in about 1930, rising to the position of assistant manager.
    He also served four years as an alderman for the city of Vandalia.

  • Sherry Wadkins of Patoka, left, was the winner of a quilt given away in a raffle held by FAYCO Enterprises Inc.

    The quilt has an appraised value of $1,600 and was donated to FAYCO by Spools of Fun Quilt Club. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase an AED machine for emergency CPR. Wadkins purchased her ticket at County Market in Vandalia. Presenting the quilt to Wadkins was Risé Sahr of FAYCO.