Today's Features

  • Allison Jo Brunk and Sheldon Sean Satterthwaite Jr., both of Brownstown, have announced their upcoming marriage.

  • Clarence and Mary Alender of Gillespie, formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th anniversary this week with family dinners on Sunday and Wednesday.

  • Farina patriotic gospel concert Saturday

    A patriotic gospel concert will be held in the Farina City Park this Saturday in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration there.
    The concert, hosted by John and Judy Roberts, will include the FourGiven Quartet of Vandalia and the Shepherdsmen Quartet from Woodlawn.
    The concert will begin at 4:30 and conclude at 6:30 p.m. on the stage in the Farina park.
    Those attending the concert are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit on during the concert.

  • One of the things I’ve always loved about summer is baseball.

  • In Response to Inquiries
    The Homestead Critters are tolerating the heat and dry weather. Several have asked about the critters, since it has been so hot. Papa Bear Bill has been keeping them supplied with fresh water, and they all have shade and/or shelter.
    •  Betsy LongHorn, the Bartels girl (namely Geneva), and the three youngsters, surprise us, as they do not take advantage of their shade trees.
    They seem to like to lie in the sunshine, even in the 100-plus degree weather.

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the fifth birthday party of their grandson, Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.
    Those attending were: Ron and Diane Eller of Salem, Anna Lou Eller of Salem, Heidi Hunter and Bruce of Fruitland, Carolyn Stein of Salem, Natalie Stein of Cape Girardeau, Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, and Doug and Pam Stein of St. Peter.
    Attend Baptism
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of grandson, Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday.

    Wednesday, July 4
    • Have a happy 4th of July.
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11.
    Thursday, July 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Koontz.
    Saturday, July 7
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat together can meet in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • The word “mutual” can be defined as “generally shared in, or participated in, by members of a community,” which is probably the reason the word was incorporated into the title of Vandalia Mutual Fire County Insurance Co. when it was chartered on March 29, 1888, and organized on April 7, 1888.

  • The Vandalia Performing Arts Center held a Princess Party on Saturday, with 17 young girls attending.

    The party included nail-painting, karaoke, bouncy house, games, craft work and a princess cake (second photo). The girls also had their photo taken with Miss Fayette County Marisa Thomason and Jr. Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield (first photo).

  • Hoffman
    The Hoffman Family Reunion met at Rogier Park in Vandalia on June 17.
    Five families were not represented: Leonard, Harry, Edmund, Arnold and Raymond Hoffman.
    • Albert Hoffman family members present were: Evelyn and Gary Probst of Ramsey, Connie Weller of Bethalto, May Delia Probst of Bingham, and Alan and Christy Probst of Fillmore.
    -Marriage in family: Kirsten Probst and Vijay Santhakumar on Oct. 2, 2011.