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Today's Features

  • Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Piano students of Staccato Studios and Christine Jones, instructor in Fillmore and Vandalia, played Christmas music for the residents of Tremont Ridge in Hillsboro during their dinner hour on Dec. 9.

  • Kristina Marie Stunkel and Trevor Scott Summers, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and formerly of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Liberty hosting financial training

    Liberty Christian Church will host Financial Peace University training for nine weeks, Feb. 5-April 2.
    The sessions will meet for about 90 minutes each week, starting at 6 p.m. They include video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, presenting Biblical, practical steps on handling money.
    The church is located 5½ miles north of Brownstown on College Avenue.
    For more information, call John Schaub at 292-2160 or email him at topcutwalnut@gmail.com.

  • A few years ago, making and keeping – or failing to keep – resolutions for the new year was more talked about than in recent years. But it is still important to set goals, and the New Year holiday is a great time to start fresh on a new journey.

  • Critters Wolerating Weather …
    … mainly because they are staying snug in their barn most of the time. Bill closes their doors and windows at night, and on the bitter cold, windy days, he carries their water and their hay and grain to the barn, so they don’t have to get out.
    They also get fresh, clean bedding often. Madr1cka doesn’t really like the closed door, we think, because she nudges against it, trying to open it.
    Lady, the senior mini-horse, has no objection to the closed door and window.

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday through Sunday with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Marriage
    Dusti Crain and Justin Dickerson were married on Jan. 3, 2015, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
    Dusti is formerly from St. Peter, and she and Justin are both performers at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge.
    Birth
    Jayme and Jayme Michel are the parents of a daughter, Hadley Christine, born on Dec. 21, 2014.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 15
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First UMC Fellowship Hall. Note that the time change is correct. Ham, beans and cornbread are being furnished.
    Sunday, January 18
    • A pizza party will be held at 6 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This is a kickoff for the grades 7-12 youth group. The group will be led by Pastor Dan and Pat Laack, and Jeffrey and Summer Maxey.
    Monday, January 19

  • Darlene Sullivan was born and grew up in Granite City and seems to have always had a connection with food in some way, a love of preparing and cooking it – especially for others – for all of her 75 years. Her generosity and caring for others have been evident through the sharing of her love of cooking and baking for others.

  • Leila Dippold
    The family of Leila Dippold will host an open house on Saturday, Jan. 17, in honor of her 80th birthday.

    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the gym at Salem Lutheran Church, 1401 Hawthorn Road, Salem.
    The family requests no gifts, but cards are welcome.