Today's Features

  • Libell
    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Isaac Noah and Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton met June 1 at Vandalia City Park.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on May 29 at Maverick Restaurant in Litchfield, with 23 members, including new member Wayne Buck of Carlinville, and three guests.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by President Dean Black. After the buffet meal, Black welcomed everyone to the luncheon and meeting.
    He asked all members who had served in the military to stand, and he thanked them for their service to our country and then read a poem, “Freedom Is Not Free.”

  • Brad Brannon, horticulture instructor at Vandalia Correctional Center, has been selected as “Employee of the Year” for the Central District of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Brannon was presented with his award in April at the Central District inservice held at Decatur Correctional Center.
    The announcement was made by IDOC Vocational Coordinator Kathleen Mattingly.
    “Brad has always demonstrated a daily positive demeanor with his students, fellow staff and administration, as well within the Vandalia community as well.

  • Donna Strobel Davis
    A card shower has been requested for Donna Strobel Davis, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on June 20.

  • VBS is this week at Overcup Baptist

    Overcup Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School this Wednesday through Friday, from 6-8:30 p.m.
    The program includes children from age 4 to 13.
    For more information, call Connie at 267-4484.

    Bethel Baptist VBS going on this week

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" is being held through this Friday at Bethel Baptist Church, from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Parents' night will be Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Monday was another fine day for Evergreen Outreach. Our leader was the Rev. Jim Fackler,  and our pianist was Donna Smith, a really good combination for having fun, laughter and music. That’s the way it was at the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care activities room.
    We shared refreshments as everyone wondered if I could actually get the microphone to work! Since Donna knows most everything by heart, she played and we sang our opening songs.

  • The beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, termed the Beatitudes, is located in Matthew 5:1-10.
    These wise sayings of Jesus are pithy, and at times we struggle to get the real meaning of the statements. For instance, in Matthew 5:5, it says: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Jesus tells us that meekness is a quality of Christ. They provide many insights in how to live our life.

  • First of All
    A note to the Sefton Unit HCE – The Thursday meeting will begin at 2 p.m., instead of 1 p.m.
    Not a lot of news
    this week…
    … but more is expected next week. Your news is appreciated. Please get it to me by Monday afternoon, via the box under our regular mailbox, telephone or email. Next week, we should have more reports/photos of meetings, etc.
    Critter Corner
    The Cow(girls) Are Not Subtle

  • Farewell
    Sunday, June 8 was Scott Gercken’s last Sunday as organist at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    His family is moving from the area.  
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the 400-mile yard sale last week from Thursday-Sunday.
    The sale began in Paducah, Ky., and ended in Washington, Tenn.
    They didn’t make the whole 400 miles, but did make almost 300 of it.

    Thursday, June 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, June 13
    • The Town and Country Amateur Art Show and Professional Art Show at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, will have an opening critique at 7 p.m. In addition to the museum hours of 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., the Museum will be open from 6-9 p.m. on Friday.