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Today's Features

  • Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation for meals is $3. Call the site  at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Life on the Homestead …
    … is getting back to normal and coping with the hot weather. Although the head homesteader (namely Bill) is still recuperating from his recent bout with pneumonia in the hospital, he is taking his medicine and following doctor’s orders and trying to stay in out of the hot sun, helped a great deal by “the kids” with the mowing, trimming and a special weed-killer sprayer-wielder.
    The critters are coping also, in spite of their furry or hairy coats.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.  
    Tuesday, August 2
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are asked to take school supplies for the grade school.
    Wednesday, August 3
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., St. Elmo City Hall.
    Thursday, August 4
    • Registration at St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover’s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.

  • As we continue with our readers’ memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II’s young soldiers passing through Vandalia, taking a brief break when the train stops for a while to take on water, and including the true story of one of Vandalia’s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.

  • The Best-Laid Plans of Mice & Men …
    … often go astray, as events at the Homestead proved last week.
    Bill was comfortably sitting in his recliner chair Saturday, but had mentioned earlier not feeling very well.  As the day progressed, he was feeling worse and he suspected pneumonia, which he has experienced in the past.  

  • Return from Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., all flew to Kennebunkport, Maine, on Saturday, July 9.
    They rented a house there, and did a lot of sightseeing, including the summer home of former President George and Barbara Busch.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Monday, July 25
    • Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Wednesday, July 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. Grade school supplies will be collected.
    Thursday, July 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.  
    Alumni Banquet Info

  • Gavin Charles Pryor
    Braiden and Jade Pryor of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 8:39 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Elam
    The Elam family reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    A potluck dinner will be held at noon.
    Those attending are asked to take a covered dish and their own table service.