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Today's Features

  • Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)
    Mr. O. (“O” for ornery) Possum is the most likely candidate, but they are usually known to be nocturnal critters, we thought. However, I remember during a lot of ice and snow one winter, a very big, fat possum came up to our ground-level bird feeder to eat scraps in broad daylight.

  • Thief In the Night
    (Or Daylight?)
    Some low-down varmint has been getting in the girls’ (Anita and Blackie Chicken) pen and stealing their eggs. (We say “low-down,” because it has to go through the wire surrounding fence and gate to get to them.)

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 24
    • Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.

  • Catholic women to hold deanery meeting

    The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women of the Litchfield Deanery will meet this Thursday at Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church in Gillespie. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass at 10 a.m., a business meeting and a luncheon.
    Carlos Tejeda, associate director for the Office of Marriage & Family Life of the Springfield Diocese, will be the speaker at the luncheon. His topic will be "The Value of Marriage and Family Life."

  • A grand opening ceremony was held last Thursday for the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Webster’s Dictionary defines "insecure" as: 1: not confident or sure; uncertain 2: not adequately guarded or sustained; unsafe.

  • Denise Fornoff and Eric Telger, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Landen Jacob Cook
    Tessa Shafer and Jacob Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.


    He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was named Landen Jacob.
    Grandparents are Todd and Jana Shafer, Maurice Wilson and Jill Wright, and Kevin and Janet Cook, all of Vandalia.

  • Terri Schwarm and Dustin Blue have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Five generations of the Smith family are shown in a photo taken recently.

    In front are: Robin Hobler, grandmother; and Lenore Parkison, great-great-grandmother, holding Raygan Marie Hobler. In back are: Anna Hobler, Raygan's mother; and Carolyn Grames, great-grandmother.