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Today's Features

  • Kari Atchison of Patoka and Jared Martin of Altamont have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Floreine Lange
    The family of Floreine Lange has requested a card shower in honor of her 80th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 11.
    A family dinner is being planned.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 512 Walker St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
     

  • Rebecca Kinsey and Joel Brinkmann, both of Albion, were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Albion, with the Rev. Kirk Rowe officiating the double-ring ceremony.

  • Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Glendale, Ariz., were united in marriage on Saturday, June 11, 2011, in a 2 p.m. ceremony at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.


    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Krystal Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, all of Vandalia. She is currently a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
    The groom is the son of Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo. He is in the Air Force.
    The couple resides in Glendale, Ariz.

  • Joseph Maximilian Kirk
    Joe and Lorin Kirk of Vandalia are the parents of boy born at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Joseph Maximilian.
    Grandparents are Fred and Vanessa Keck, and Mark and Molly Kirk, all of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are David and Veronica Keck, Dan and Linda Michel, and Janice and the late Joe Kirk.

  • Hoffman
    The Hoffman family reunion was held on June 19 at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Five families were not represented – Leonard, Harry, Edmund, Arnold and Raymond Hoffman.

  • Crystal Howard and Jude Rodrigues were united in marriage on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at The Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla., with the Rev. Kevin Knox officiating.

  • Kenny and Pat Gathe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Shrine Club on Vandalia Lake.
    Kenny  Gathe and the former Pat Murphy were married on Aug. 12, 1951, in Jackson, Miss.

  • Annie, The Little Goat…
    …this hot weather. She has shade in her pen, an igloo house, in which she sleeps, but she chooses a corner of her pen where the sun shines down all day. She has a fuzzy coat and it seems strange, but this seems to be her favorite spot.\

  • 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Allen and Jeanette Sasse of rural Shobonier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 17 with a renewal of vows at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Augsburg.