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Today's Features

  • In Response to “Critter” Inquiries
    Yes, Katy (the black Lab/blue heeler mix puppy) is growing like a weed and at present seems to be all legs.
    She is 16 weeks old this week, is looking good with a shiny coat. She had gained 4 more pounds prior to her doctor’s visit last week, is lively and playful, wags her tail a lot and is scheduled to visit her gynecologist in the not-too-far future for the recommended voluntary surgery and rabies shot. She is up to date an all other procedures, shots and tests.

  • Twins!
    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters, born on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17 ½ inches long.
    They are welcomed home by their big brother, Marcus, age 3.
    Grandparents are Carl and Karen Benning, Carol Oliver, and Gary and Beth Emerick.
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  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 8
    • The summer reading program will have a program at 1 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library – the Troy Roark Glow-in-the Dark Juggling Show.
    Thursday, Aug. 9
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
    Friday, Aug. 10

  • Pamela Wallace is a new “Fayette Face,” having recently moved to Vandalia to assume the responsibilities of the manager of the American Legion Home.

  • The daughter of Vandalia natives Barry and Mindy Barenfanger has released her first novel at the age of 15.

  • The Mulberry Grove High School class of 1952 celebrated its 60th reunion on Friday evening, June 1, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

  • The Council of Catholic Women of Mother of Dolors Parish recently honored Rebecca Kerkhoff by nominating her to be a "Woman of Distinction."

    She was recently presented that award by Bishop Paprocki during a Mass in Springfield. She was cited for her volunteer efforts at the church, The Pantry in Ramsey, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia and the Catholic Charities office in Effingham. Pictured with Kerkhoff, left, are Paprocki and Connie Simburger, president of Mother of Dolors Council of Catholic Women.

  • First Baptist VBS set for Aug. 12-14

    First Baptist Church of Vandalia will be hosting Vacation Bible School from Sunday, Aug. 12 through Tuesday, Aug. 14.
    The sessions will run from 6-8:30 p.m. daily at the church, which is located at 223 S. Sixth St.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Amazing Wonders Aviation."
    For more information, call the church at 283-0313.  

    St. James women publish cookbook

  • By Joyce Mueller
    Appreciation would be the key descriptive word of this week’s Evergreen program, from conversations of the London Olympic Games to the outstanding performance of David and Patricia Pence (the SoftFire duo from Hillsboro).
    Concerning the games, one person mentioned that there are athletes from 204 nations that represent their homelands. Another lady remembered reading that ocean liners were contracted to accommodate the overflow of travelers from the many countries.

  • I remember it like it was yesterday. My sister came home from the “dime store” one afternoon in the fall of 1969 with a new record.