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Today's Features

  • Trenton Allen Dunahee
    Tim Allen Dunahee Jr. and Amanda Jean Dunahee of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 1:55 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Natasha Nicole Barker and Justin Eugene Elmore were united in marriage on July 9, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.

  • Operation Christmas Child collection

    Collection efforts for Operation Christmas Child are going on this week at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    During the week, shoe boxes filled with toys, hygiene items and school supplies will be collected in order to be delivered to needy children by Christmas.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is bringing several special occasions. Thanksgiving is soon approaching, and holiday decorations are beginning to be seen.
    It won’t be long before those attending our afternoon programs will be wearing coats and mufflers.

  • A year or so ago, a question was posed to me that really stuck with me and has made me think. It’s a question that is so simple, but to this day I think about it and process it regularly. This is the question: “Would you describe yourself as totally, head-over-heels in love with Jesus?”

  • When Ed Taylor Jr. recently stepped into the shoes of the retiring chief, Merle Adermann, the “fit” was not exact, but as Taylor had been first assistant chief for several years, he had an idea of what the “walk” in those shoes would be like.

  • Clarence Wodtka
    A card shower has been requested for Clarence Wodtka of Farina, who will celebrate his 80th birthday this Friday.
    Cards may be sent to him at: RR 2, Box 46, Farina, Ill. 62838.

  • Pvt. Eric S. Halleman
    Army National Guard Pvt. Eric S. Halleman has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

  • Amanda Kay Patterson and Shaye Michael Pommer, both of Mulberry Grove, were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Hazlet State Park in Carlyle, with Haron Denton of Vandalia officiating.