Today's Features

  • Jo Carruthers and Travis Towler, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the daughter of Dan and Debbie Carruthers of Ramsey.
    She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School.
    The future groom is the son of Marcia Barringer of Brownstown and Dudley Gathe of Effingham.
    He is a 2003 graduate of Brownstown High School.
    The couple are planning an Aug. 25 wedding at Oak Terrace in rural Pana. A reception will follow at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with food served at 5:30 p.m.

  • The new officers of Soroptimist International of Vandalia for 2012-14 were recently installed.

    In front, from left to right, are: Terri Braun, president; Debra Morecraft, recording secretary; Joanna Helm, director; Jan Rosborough, director; and Judy Wasmuth, director. In back are: Lyn Gartke, vice-president; Leigh Hedgpeth, parliamentarian/director; Melissa Elam, treasurer; Angela Graves, corresponding secretary; and Marion Shroyer, director. Not present for the photo was Cheryl England, president-elect.

  • Merle Caylor
    A card shower has been requested for Merle Caylor, who will celebrate his 91st birthday on Aug. 17.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 2, Box 255, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Doug Veteto of St. Elmo will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the First Church of God SHED in St. Elmo.

  • Owen-Miller
    The Owen-Miller reunion will  be held at noon on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40 in St. Elmo.
    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

    Meyer and Magnus
    The annual Fred J. Meyer and Magnus reunion will be held at noon on Sunday, Aug. 19, at St. Peter Village Hall.
    All relatives and friends are invited to attend.


  • First Baptist VBS set for next week

    First Baptist Church of Vandalia will be hosting Vacation Bible School next Sunday through Tuesday.
    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.  

    Gospel concert Aug. 18 at New Bethel

  • By Charlene Jett
    Now that the heat wave and drought have broken, the Evergreen Outreach gathering  was back at First United Methodist Church on Monday. However, make note, next week we will be back at FCH Long Term Care.

  • A few days ago, I went to a local store to pick up a few things. As I was leaving, I heard young voices saying, "Mr. Dave, Mr. Dave." I walked on, but they got louder and more intense. I turned, waved and said "Hi."

  • 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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