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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. There will be no gift exchange.

  • Michaela Tarr and Nathan Oldfield, both of Lansing, Mich., were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Grand Ledge Country Club in Grand Ledge, Mich., with Judge Stewart Newblatt officiating.

  • Ruth Murfin
    Ruth Murfin of Vandalia will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 21.
    She was born on Dec. 21, 1912, in Patoka, and she and the late Donald Murfin were married on Jan. 7, 1931, in Carlyle.

  • The Effingham area Tea Party elected officers at its meeting last week.
    The new president is Todd Slingerland of Altamont. David Schaefer of Beecher City is the secretary, and Jane Willenborg of Effingham is the returning treasurer.
    The party's next meeting will feature a former Effingham County Board chairman. The topic will be real estate taxes.
    The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Culver's in Effingham.
    New members are always welcome.

  • Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • By Edith Elliott
    What a day! What a joy! On Monday, it was 70 degrees outside, but we enjoyed the spirit of Christmas inside Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    Donna Smith greeted us with a medley of beautiful Christmas carols: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “There’s a Song in the Air” and “Joy to the World,” to name a few.

  • Christmas cantata this Sunday at FUMC

    The choir at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will present its annual Christmas cantata at 10 a.m. this Sunday.
    This year's cantata is titled, "And On Earth, Peace."
    The church is located at 127 N. Fourth St. For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Liberty Christian choir program Sunday

    The choir at Liberty Christian Church will present a program called "Wonderful Joy" at 10 a.m. this Sunday.

  • In November, Joy and I went to Buffalo, N.Y., and saw Niagara Falls, among other things.

  • It is a Full Moon!
    The truth is, when there is a full moon, some of the critters’ behavior changes– really!
    For example, Callie, the kitty, has been under our feet almost constantly the last few days. She follows us from room to room, which aggravates Josie, the doggie, to no end.
    She will then lie down across the hallway, which bars Josie from the room. Josie then sits and barks for us to rescue her.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 6
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will have a Christmas party at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Ponderosa. To pool rides, members are to meet at St. Mary’s parking lot at 5:20 p.m. Those attending can take canned goods for Caring and Sharing.
    • The city council meeting scheduled for December 3 was rescheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Phillips Building.
    Friday, December 7