Today's Features

    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    • The monthly birthday party at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home, 2 p.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    • At the St. Elmo Public Library, an Excel computer class will be held at 10 a.m., and the eBay/Craig’s List class is at 6:30 p.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class will have a potluck at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. All interested persons are invited to attend the potluck.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Although it is the dead of winter, it seems that “flowers” are blooming all along Gallatin Street … the Flowers family, that is. The managers/owners of the new “Liberty” stores are all a part of the Tony Sr. and Teresa Flowers family.

  • Alexia Denise & Annabell Marie Edwards
    Michael Edwards and Marta Zarzecka of Vandalia are the parents of twin girls born on Oct. 28, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Boone C. Baker
    Air Force Airman Boone C. Baker graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Margaret Durbin
    A card shower has been requested for Margaret Durbin, a longtime resident of the Brownstown area who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Jan. 31.

  • Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia has begun donating weekly issues of newspapers covering all four branches of the armed services to Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

  • Cassie Easton and Jeff Huffman were united in marriage on Oct. 22, 2011, in the Huffman family barn.

  • Salvation Army raises $15,200 in county

    The Salvation Army bell ringers in Fayette County raised a record-breaking $15,200 from their efforts during the Christmas holiday season. Last year, $15,022 was raised.
    The volunteers rang the bells for more than 210 hours at locations across Fayette County. Donations were collected from shoppers, who put money in the Salvation Army kettles.

  • By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith greeted guests with piano melodies from the past at Monday's Evergreen Outreach program. Among those songs were: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
    The Rev. Jim Fackler led the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs. He also recognized those who had birthdays: Sharon Maxwell, Patricia Pence, Susann Schumacher and Margaret Rogers.

  • But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
    The joy we celebrate at Christmas is for the arrival of the long-awaited Savior, Jesus in the flesh. In Luke, chapter two, Mary and Joseph are carrying the infant Jesus, who is 40 days old. Jesus, the savior of the world, makes his entrance into the temple in Jerusalem. It was time for Mary and Joseph to offer the required sacrifice for the first-born male.