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Today's Features

  • The Rev. Herbert and Mary Coates of Greenville will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

    Herbert and the former Mary Britt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Britt of West Lafayette, Ind., were married on September 7, 1951, at the Free Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., with the Rev. C.H. Coates, father of the groom, and the Rev. L.M. Gaines, pastor of the Lafayette, Ind., officiating.

    The Rev. Coates was the newly appointed pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Dallas City.

  • Bethany Stuemke of Altamont and Lee Doyle of Ramsey have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Dwight and Lori Stuemke of Altamont. Grandparents are Sam and Judy Stuemke, and Janice and the late Gary Wallace, all of Altamont.

    She is a 2008 graduate of Altamont High School and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois College, Harrisburg, with an applied science degree in the veterinary tech field. She is currently employed as a certified pet care tech at Heidanes Hidden Timbers in Altamont.

  • When Caitlyn Campbell was a small child, she hated dogs. They scared her.

    But when her grandparents, Wynn and Sarah Provines, bought a pug puppy, it changed everything. Not only did she overcome her fear of dogs, but she and Charlie the pug became inseparable. They did everything together. And she took countless pictures of her four-legged playmate.

    Then – tragically – Charlie was hit by a car and died.

  • Sharon Wilhelm enjoys the tranquility of sitting on her front porch in the evenings, watching the many hummingbirds flock to  her feeders, and hearing the constant whirring of their wings as they fly about.

    The surrounding, scenic, view is also comforting and remindful of pleasant memories, as she was born and lived in a house in the woods nearby, until her father built the present house when she was 4 years old.

    Meet Sharon as she shares her enjoyment of the hummingbirds and some of her childhood memories of her rural Brownstown home.

  • Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)
    Mr. O. (“O” for ornery) Possum is the most likely candidate, but they are usually known to be nocturnal critters, we thought. However, I remember during a lot of ice and snow one winter, a very big, fat possum came up to our ground-level bird feeder to eat scraps in broad daylight.

  • Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    • Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.

  • Catholic women to hold deanery meeting

    The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women of the Litchfield Deanery will meet this Thursday at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Gillespie. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., a business meeting and a luncheon.
    Carlos Tejeda, associate director for the Office of Marriage & Family Life of the Springfield Diocese, will be the speaker at the luncheon. His topic will be "The Value of Marriage and Family Life."

  • A grand opening ceremony was held last Thursday for the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Webster’s Dictionary defines "insecure" as: 1: not confident or sure; uncertain 2: not adequately guarded or sustained; unsafe.