Today's Features

  • The Brownstown School District joined with the Sefton Unit Home and Community Education to collect pop top tabs for the St. Louis Ronald McDonald House.

  • The Barn Critters Doing Well…
    …in spite of the hot, dry temperatures.
    Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, and his buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, and Sugarfoot, the little beautiful black stallion, do not seem to be bothered by the heat.
    In the past, if they showed signs of being too hot, we put a fan in their window, which helped. However, it hasn’t been necessary yet this year.

  • Story Worth Telling
    Some of you may remember a story published a few years ago, about my Godson, Seth Bergmann, who saved his grandfather’s life by running several blocks and getting help.
    Well, he again has done something worth telling. He turned 5 back in November, and he received money (from myself and several others) instead of a gift.
    After several failed promises to take him shopping (myself included), he told his mother he wanted to go shopping with his birthday money – grocery shopping.

    Thursday, June 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Public Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    • The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 8 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    Friday, June 15

  • You might say Loretta Weaver is a transplant to Illinois, as she was born and grew up in the boot hills of Missouri.

  • Crystal Wallace and Larry W. England Jr., both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Julianne Zimny and Jonathan Morton, both of Chicago, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • The Sam and Clara Grubaugh family reunion will be held on Sunday, July 1, in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    The reunion will include a noon potluck.
    All family members and friends are invited.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, May 31, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed with Brock Fisher giving the prayer before the meal. After the meal, President Dean Black welcomed everyone, including guests.
    Elloise Black introduced to the group the guest speaker, Lynn Gartke, program director for the Center for Senior Renewal. Gartke gave an outline of all the services that they have to offer at the center.

  • Carroll Wayne and Ruth Ann Beck of Herrick will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday, June 17.
    A celebration with family, including dinner, will be held in Effingham at Lone Star Steakhouse.

    Carroll Wayne Beck and Ruth Ann Barnes were united in marriage on Sunday June 17, 1962, in the Herrick Christian Church. Dennis Corley officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The maid of honor was Joyce (Brown) Nance, and Bob Barnes served as best man. The other attendants were Linda Kay (Austin) Bumgardner and Roger Henderson.