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Today's Features

  • The walk down Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia to visit the new businesses continues with Cathy Sanders in her Liberty Old Towne Cheese Shop and the adjoining Lamp of Liberty Coffee and Ice Cream Shop.

  • An open house and card shower are planned for Fred Willms Sr., who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Sunday.


    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    He is retired from Marathon Oil Co.
    His great-grandson, Tyson Edwards, was born on Fred's birthday, and Tyson will be with celebrating his second birthday with him.
    Cards may be sent to: 817 W. Taylor St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
     

  • Evan Robert Peyton
    John and Danielle Peyton of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 2:29 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21½ inches long. He was named Evan Robert.
    Grandparents are Danny and Dianne Neathery of Mulberry Grove, and Larry and Sandy Peyton of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Wayne and Joyce Ennen of Greenville.

  • Larry Gebke and Mary Jo Moran were united in marriage on Oct. 8, 2011, in Effingham, with the Rev. Henry Dabney officiating.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wasser of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

  • By Karen Redfern
    What a beautiful day for EO on Monday. The weather was 75 degrees as we entered Wesley Hall. Pianist Donna Smith greeted us  with some wonderful piano tunes.
    Birthdays recognized were Andri Hulskotter and Christina Penny, Robert Wagner, Mary Woolsey, Carl Rhodes, Randy Schukar and Pat Rhodes.
    After folks from Vandalia Rehab, FAYCO, Long Term Care and others were assembled,  the program was presented by the Rev. Jim Fackler. He reflected on the Lenten season, focusing on what Jesus did.

  • Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on March 27 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

    Lenten Luncheons

  • Have you ever had the feeling of being completely overwhelmed?  Maybe overwhelmed by work or school. Maybe you feel more like a taxicab than a mom. Maybe you’re losing sleep at night as you constantly cram for tests or are writing papers for school. Have you ever felt like your life is chaotic and out of balance?
    The reality is we all have – and it is something that each  one of us can wrestle with on an ongoing basis.
    Look at what Job said: “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:26)

  • As we continue on our tour of Downtown Vandalia’s stores and business opportunities, we visit Liberty Trading Store, which deals in coins and guns, and talk to Sam Flowers, who is multi-talented and “can do about anything he sets his mind to do.” That quote was not from Sam, who is more modest and quiet-spoken, but from others who know and work with him.
    Liberty Trading & Sam
    The son of Tony and Teresa Flowers, Sam grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Star, the Little White Dove…
    …is responding to spring. She sits in the sunshine and listens to the little wild birds in the trees just outside. of her window.
    We don’t know if she really watches them as they fly by, but she is attentive to the outside view. White, thin sheer curtains protect her from the sun’s really strong rays through the glass, but the view is very clear.