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Today's Features

  • Life Chain rally to be held Saturday

    A Life Chain rally will be held this Sunday from 2-3:30 p.m. at the corner of Kennedy  Boulevard and Gallatin Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers say that the rally will be a "peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for prayer for our nation and for an end to abortion."
    Only official Life Chain signs will be used during the event, and will be made available to participants.

  • Students at Vandalia High School observed "See You at the Pole" day last Wednesday.

    The nationwide, student-led movement encourages students to gather around their school's flagpole and pray for their school and their community. This year's observance, led by Ryan Ambuehl, involved several students, teachers and community residents. A similar event was held at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith, Monday's pianist at Evergreen Outreach, started the meeting with many golden oldies. They included "God Bless America," "You're a Grand Old Flag," "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Good Old Dad," "Mocking Bird Hill" and "Bless This House."
    Volunteers Marie Sutton, Charlene Jett, Jeanne Schlicht, Jill Zimmerman and Ruth Ann Scott served cookies, ice cream and drinks.

  • We must be extremely cautious to not impose a personal view into the Scriptures. As teachers and students of the word, we must “rightly divide the word.” Being a good steward of the word is a weighty responsibility.

  • Death
    Helen Stine, 90, of Brownstown, died on Sept. 22. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Thursday of last week.
    Benefit
    Several people from St. Peter attended the benefit for Rita Siemer, mother of Amy Reiss of St. Peter, in Sigel on Saturday.
    Among those attending were Dane and Belinda Harpster, Larry and Sue Urban, Jed and Lori Goeckner, Shannon Brauer, Robbi Meade, John and Judy Schnarre, Leland and Amy Reiss, and Braden Will.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 190.

  • Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … enjoyed the weekend very much, as the great-grandchildren from Decatur were on the Homestead over the weekend, and spent a lot of their time petting him.
    When he would see one (or more) kids coming towards his barn, he would run to his window and stick his head out to be petted. He especially enjoyed running alongside his fence, racing with Gage.
    He looked very debonair and handsome in his new, red halter and beautiful long ears, as Emily, Cheyenne, Savannah and Austin petted him and talked to him.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, October 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, October 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club members will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to the Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch and Summer Breeze Winery, both south of St. Elmo. The first stop will be at the pumpkin patch; club business meeting and refreshments will be at the winery.

  • Richards
    The 55th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 16 at the Rogier Park pavilion in Vandalia, with 90 in attendance.
    The business meeting was called to order by Vice President Mike Richards.
    Jamie Elmore gave the 2011 minutes and treasurer’s report.

  • C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently held its 2012 annual meeting, and individuals that volunteered this year to help the agency achieve its mission were honored.

  • Myron and Della Pontious recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.


    Myron Pontious and Della Brooks were married on July 27, 1952, near Bible Grove, in her parents’ yard.
    They celebrated their anniversary with a dinner at Old Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia, attended by their children and grandchildren, and their spouses; friends; and one great-grandchild.