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Today's Features

  • Twenty-five members and seven guests attended the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club meeting on June 30 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Guests present were Bob and Debbie Booher from Dolpin Island; Al, Kenneth and Angie Hagen from Shelbyville; Jane Hammond from Greenville; and Marge Harre and Pam Orr from Brownstown.
    The pledge to the flag was followed with Pat Caldwell giving the prayer before the meal.
    After the meal, Dean Black called the meeting to order and gave a special welcome to all the guests.

  • Elam
    The 73rd annual Elam family reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building, with a potluck dinner at noon.
    Please take a covered dish to share and your own table service.

    Fish
    The annual Fish family reunion was held on Sunday, June 19, at the Vera Baptist Church fellowship hall.
    Those attending were:
    • Vandalia – Erma Warner; Harold, Kim, Aydin, Abram and Owen Warner; Trent Casey; and Brodie, Addison and Taylor Pryor.

  • Max and Marge Watson
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at St. Elmo Christian Church to celebrate the birthdays of Max and Marge Watson. Marge celebrated her 90th birthday on March 4, and Max will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sept. 12.
    All family members and friends are invited to the celebration.

  • Markus Jarry Alexsander Rhodes
    Steven and Alecia Rhodes of New Haven, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 9:07 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mo.

  • Dwight and Bessie Hagy of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering.

  • Chelsea Tompkins and Charles Lindahl have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Amy Pippin and Carl Sefton have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • During the recent Kaskaskia River flooding, Pauline Weaver Tackett was reminded of her childhood days, when families lived in the river bottom south of Vandalia.

  • Hi Ho, Come to the Fair!
    The Fayette County Fair, that is, starting Sunday, with the Jr. Miss Pageant at 2 p.m., and Ashley Edwards at 6 p.m., followed by Matt Passalacaqua, through Saturday, July 16, ending with the demo derby at 7 p.m. with lots in between, with something for all ages.

  • Birth
    Justin and Christina Grandt of Luling, La., are the parents of a son, Garret Nicholas, born on June 28, 2011. Garret weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long.