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Today's Features

  • Officers for the coming year were installed at a recent meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia.

    From left to right are: Floyd Meseke, installing officer; John Blythe, commander; Brad Brannon, senior vice commander; Sam Stratman, junior vice commander; Christopher Irwin, adjutant; Lyle C. Edgar, finance officer; Robert Osborne, sergeant-at-arms; and Ron Robinson, chaplain. Blythe is encouraging all local veterans to join the American Legion.

  • Cori Huskey and Jason Belcher, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Amanda Burchett and Travis Torbeck have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Samantha Stock and Ryan Scholes, both of Farina, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Jack and Bettie Scott of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Thursday, Aug. 11 – Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, butter beans, chilled pineapple, oatmeal cookie and whole wheat bread.
    Friday, Aug. 12 – Fried chicken, roasted rosemary potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges, whole grain roll.
    Monday, Aug. 15 – Grilled chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables, cinnamon applesauce, cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Aug. 16 – Barbecue ribbette on bun, cauliflower w/cheese, baked beans and apricots.

  • Lucille Geibel
    A card shower has been requested for Lucille Geibel, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 17.


    Cards may be sent to her at: 1433 Thistle Drive, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Philip and Melody Freeman of Vandalia celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, July 12.

  • Don and Jennifer Helm of Chestnut will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Monday, Aug. 15.

  • Randy and Patti Hoffman of Vandalia celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday, Aug. 8.


    Randy Hoffman, son of the late Raymond and Eileen Hoffman, and the former Patti Kern, daughter of Melvin and Janet Kern, were married on Aug. 8, 1981.
    He is employed at Vandalia Correctional Center, and she is employed at Greenville Regional Hospital.
    They are the parents of two children: Erin and her husband Tim Thomason, and Kyle Hoffman.
    They have one grandchild: Hailey Thomason.