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Today's Features

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    First Baptist Church of Vandalia held its annual Mother-Daughter Dinner last Thursday.
    Elaine Culbertson welcomed  the room filled with grandmothers, mothers, daughters and their guests.

  • More than 100 people were on hand for the Fayette County Prayer Breakfast last Thursday morning at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • By Edith Elliott
    After the week of prayer and a great Mother’s Day worship service, one might think Evergreen Outreach might prove to be anticlimactic. But EO proved not to be a descent, but a further climb of celebration.
    Are you aware of the blessings we have right here in Vandalia? As I entered Wesley Hall, Phyllis Thoman at the piano, entertained with many tunes. Some were “Shortenin' Bread,” “Good Ole’ Summertime,” “This Land Is Your Land” and many others.

  • As I work on this article, I am done with three miles of running on a local gym’s treadmill. I won’t say it is easy, although it is easier than it was one year ago, when I could only walk one mile, followed by two days of groaning.

  • Kristin Davison of Vandalia displays a large number of mushrooms found during a recent hunting expedition.

  • Priscilla McDowell
    Priscilla McDowell of Bingham will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Fillmore Lake.


    She requests no gifts. Cards may be sent to her at: RR 1, Box 79, Bingham, Ill. 62011.

  • Heavyn Lee Ray Johnson
    Jason and Sarah Johnson of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 8:14 a.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Morris Hospital in Morris.

  • Stacy Wasser and Perry Edmonds, both of South Carolina, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Natasha Barker and Justin Elmore have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Jolene Poore and Kyle Schappachar were united in marriage on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Christ Lutheran Vail, Tucson, Ariz., with the Rev. David Hook officiating the ceremony.


    The bride is the daughter of Margaret Poore of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
    The groom is the son of Johnnie and Ruth Ann Schappachar of Tucson. Grandparents are Floyd and Mildred Meseke of Vandalia.
    The couple lives in Canada.