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Today's Features

  • The last Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at First Baptist Church of Vandalia on  April 20. Mike Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church was the speaker.
    The Rev. Robert Weaver, pastor of the host church, extended the welcome and led the blessing for the meal, which was prepared by the ladies of the church and served by the deacons and their wives.
    Following the meal, Weaver introduced his wife, Michell Weaver, who sang a song titled “When I Get Too Busy.”

  • By Joyce Mueller
    The recent changes Mother Nature provided for us this past week will probably be remembered for quite some time.
    But Evergreen Outreach can and does brighten a person’s day every Monday afternoon with friendship, inspirational topics and entertainment.

  • The week following the crucifixion of Christ was and is a week of hope and trust.

  • Taylor Lynn Rose Koonce
    Joshua Koonce and Misty Cole of Effingham are the parents of a girl born at 10:57 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Jessica Ireland of Shobonier and Christopher Whitehead of St. Peter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Caylee Orr and John Zimmer have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Louie and Martha Turner of Ramsey will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family and friends from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Pana.

  • 15 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Lutherans living in Sharon and Hurricane townships organized the Jehovah Lutheran Church in what is now Shafter Township in 1879. Prior to 1913, Shafter Township was part of Sharon, and was identified as West Sharon Township.

  • If you are entering Tony Koberlein’s workshop and showroom for the first time, be prepared, because you might come face-to-face with a snarling, teeth-bared coyote, a huge elk, a full-size longhorn cow or a life-size buck deer with a large rack.