Today's Features

  • Two sisters and one brother recently were baptized on the the same day at First Christian Church of Vandalia.

    The three, from left, are Breese Stilt, David Stilt and Mistie Stilt. They were baptized by the Rev. Robert Francisco, right. The three are children of John and Crystal Stilt. They were given new Bibles to celebrate the event.

  • If you desire a life blessed by God, you have to live a life God can bless. Morals matter.
    Leaders influence others. Morals make a difference in the boardroom, classroom and courtroom. Respect is earned by discipline and decency. Public figures represent values in both their public and private life. The pastor’s whole life is everybody’s business.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year is about new beginnings, planning and organizing.
    We are enjoying the warmer days, filled with new activities which compete for our time and attention.
    Everyone attending Evergreen Outreach looks forward to our Monday afternoon programs. Many of those who attend arrive in the Operation OUTING bus, which provides free transportation for the nursing home residents. For many, this is the one chance each week to leave their facility.

  • Game dinner to raise archery funds  

    Nimrod Outdoor Ministries is hosting a free wild game dinner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    The event will be a fundraiser for the youth archery ministry. Included will be door prizes, raffles and an auction. The grand prize is a new Diamond bow and tree stand package.
    Dinner will be a free-will offering. All proceeds will be used for new equipment for the youth ministry program.
    For information, call Tony Flowers at 337-967-4482.

  • local residents in identifying individuals who appear in this photo, which Harrison believes was taken in 1894-95.

  • Homestead Address Change…for  the Chicken Roost, That is
    The girls, Blackie and Rhonda (hens), moved over the weekend from the little pen to the big chicken pen with an adjoining suite, complete with two roosts of different altitudes, rain-proof roof  (and drop-side-walls when needed), elevated water pan (to keep dirt out of their water when scratching for bugs) and their favorite nest for laying eggs, which is an old foot tub/bucket.
    They both would rather use it than the nice plastic, pretty pink crate we had bought for them.  

  • Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week in Gray Summit, Mo., with daughter Mahala.
    On Tuesday evening, they were dinner guests of Dale, Donna, Nathan and Nick Jacquin of Washington, Mo. On Wednesday, they finished unpacking and taking care of unfinished business.
    Mahala began her new job on Thursday at Purina Farms.
    Community Breakfast …
    … is Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym, from 7-10 a.m., sponsored by St. Peter Community Pride Committee.

    Thursday, March 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, March 25
    • The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches will have a Lenten service at 4 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church on Avena Road. The speaker will be the Rev. John Eisfelder of St. Elmo First United Methodist Church.
    Monday, March 26
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia.

  • The walk down Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia to visit the new businesses continues with Cathy Sanders in her Liberty Old Towne Cheese Shop and the adjoining Lamp of Liberty Coffee and Ice Cream Shop.

  • An open house and card shower are planned for Fred Willms Sr., who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on Sunday.

    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, located northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    He is retired from Marathon Oil Co.
    His great-grandson, Tyson Edwards, was born on Fred's birthday, and Tyson will be with celebrating his second birthday with him.
    Cards may be sent to: 817 W. Taylor St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.