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Today's Features

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club held its Aug. 26 luncheon and meeting at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and five guests attending.
    Guests present were Marge Harre, Pam Orr, Kenneth Hagen, Jane Hammond and Stacey Langston. The pledge of allegiance was given and followed with Brock Fisher asking the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with President Dean Black welcoming guests and members.

  • The Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Rogier Park in Vandalia drew 197 participants and raised $7,204.

    The money raised will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "The walk was a huge success," said event coordinator Nicolette Rikli. Sponsors of the walk included Walmart, County Market, McDonald's and Casey's.

  • Marge Mills
    A card shower has been requested for Marge Mills, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sept. 23.
    Cards may be sent to 719 Sunset, Longmont, Colo. 80501.

  • Emily Marie Townsend
    Zach and Jenna Townsend of Brownstown are the parents of a daughter born at 12:46 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of St. Elmo, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Revs. Olen Evans and Rob Gallion officiating.

  • Vontella McEndollar of the Wheatland Home and Community Education Unit was recently awarded with a Certificate of  Recognition for 63 years of membership in the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization.

  •  “Kitten On The Keys”…
    …was a popular, lively, cute and entertaining piano composition years ago (when I was young).

  • Death
    Robert L. King died on Aug. 26, 2011, in his home in Alton.  A private family burial was held in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery on Thursday of this week.
    Mr. King was born April 17, 1945 in St. Peter, the son of Jesse and Vera (Niehaus) King.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Sept. 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

  • Kadi Jackson, 10, recently donated 10 inches of her hair to the Locks of Love Foundation while having her hair cut at Shear Dezigns Tanning and Salon.

    Locks of Love is a public, non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged individuals under the age of 21 who are suffering from long-term hair loss due to medical conditions. Others who may be interested in participating the program may call 283-3953.