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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 15
    • Those who wish to attend the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at noon on March 17 at the Phillips Building are to make reservations by Thursday by calling Irene Reed at 829-5156 or Della Stewart at 829-3394.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • A Telenet lesson, “To Soy or Not to Soy,” will be given at 1:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. This is for Home and Community Education units, and the public is welcome to attend.

  • By Karen Redfern
    As we entered Wesley Hall on Monday afternoon, we were greeted by pianist Pam Childers and leader Beulah Brown. The afternoon began with the singing of the “Welcome" song.
    The Rev. Joe Lawson gave the devotional,  explaining all truths in the Bible. For instance, the importance of being a good listener. He told a story about preparing a meal for his family a few weeks ago.

  • Sausage, pancake supper Thursday

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held this Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Corned beef dinner set for Sunday

  • The weather has been in the news. Record-high temperatures have been posted across the nation. Everyone was talking about it. It is only natural that people talk about the weather, because it is one of the things in life that we all have in common.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday Feb. 23, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and lunch, with 24 members and four guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given and followed with Brock Fisher giving the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was called to order by Vice President Cy Locke in the absence of President Dean Black. Guests were introduced, after which the minutes and treasures report for January were read and approved.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Schwarm celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

    Bobby Schwarm and Brenda Snow were married on March 7, 1987, in Brownstown, at the home of Paul and Dee Fisher, parents of the bride.
    They are the parents of four children: Curtis, Clint and his wife Tiffany, Jamie and Chelsie.
    They have four grandchildren: Austin, Bradley, Braden and Dalvin.
    A card shower is being held for the Schwarms. Cards may be sent to RR 2, Box 18, Farina, Ill. 62838.

  • Mr. and Mrs. James “Jim” Wood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Jim Wood and Nancy Kay Clark were married on March 9, 1962, in Independence, Mo.
    Jim was born in Nevada, Mo., but was reared in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Nancy was born and reared in Independence, Mo., where they lived for four years.
    They then moved to the Lake of the Ozarks, where Jim began a welding business.

  • Obtains Employment in Missouri
    Mahala Harpster of St. Peter received word on Friday that she had obtained employment at Land O’ Lakes/Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo.
    She will be moving in the next couple of weeks. Mahala graduated in December from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in animal science/agri-business. She is the daughter of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 185.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.

  • Critters Wiser Than Some of Us? (Just Musing)             
    Although shorts and flip-flops on bare feet were seen this past weekend on humans, we notice the critters are still wearing their fuzzy, winter coats. Thus, when the strong, cold winter winds blew in snow over the weekend, the critters did not have to hurriedly pull on warmer coats, socks and shoes.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 8
    • A telenet lesson, “Going Green,” will be given at the Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia, at 10 a.m. This is for Home and Community Education Units, and the public is welcome to attend.
    • The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board will not meet until Tuesday, March 13.
    • The Fayette County livestock meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.