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Today's Features

  • The Church of God was the host church for the Lenten Luncheon on March 23.
    The Rev. Tom Farris welcomed everyone and led in a prayer. Following the meal, Cindy Hof sang, “Broken and Spilled Out,” accompanied on the piano by Kim Miller.
    The youth minister at First Assembly of God, David Ricketts, spoke on “The Path of Love.” He described himself as comparable to the prodigal son, living a selfish and reckless life when he was younger. At the age of 23, however, he woke up in the "pig pen," and prayed to receive Christ.

  • Wanda Mountain Boys to perform Saturday at The Barn

    The Wanda Mountain Boys will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in rural Pana.
    The Barn is located east of Pana three miles, south two miles and east half a mile.
    Admission is free.
    For more information, call Joanne Clark at 217-562-3526, or by logging on to The Barn's website at www.thebarn-pana.com.

    Women's seminar this Friday, Saturday in Greenville

  • By Edith Elliott
    Blessed by a beautiful day, guests at evergreen outreach came into Wesley Hall hearing the music of Bette Stolte at the piano,  playing “Somebody Bigger Than I.”
    This was Bette’s first time, and hopefully she will be a regular.
    David and Patricia Pence, who go by the name “Softfire,” brought their many instruments, their blended voices and four of their border collies to inspire and entertain us.

  • Your motives rather than your deeds tell what kind of a person you are. Our motives are often hidden, even from ourselves. Only an extensive evaluation of why we do what we do will reveal our true motives.

  • Judy Carruthers
    Judy Snider Carruthers of Ramsey will celebrate her 70th birthday on Monday, April 4, 2011.
    Cards may be sent to her at: R.R. 2 Box 244, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Paula Roach (center), the daughter of Robert and Helen Smith of Hagarstown, and her daughters, Amanda Roach (left) and Danielle Uhlry (right), graduated from Capital Area Career Center as licensed practical nurses.

    Graduation ceremonies were held at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield on Dec. 19. Paula Roach, who received the Florence Nightingale Award, was allowed to pin both of her daughters.

  • Jenee Sikma and Nathan Mackiewicz, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • As the third week of the Lenten Luncheons draws near, Al Schumacher prepares to be the featured speaker at St. James Lutheran Church at noon on Wednesday, March 30. Meet, or get reacquainted with, Al and his wife, Susann.

    “We came here (to Vandalia) 17 years ago,” Al said. “We came from Hillsboro, where we lived for 10 years prior to that.
    “We opened the National Bank here in 1993, and we just kind of love Vandalia,” he said.

  • Lyle L. Ballance, left, receives a certificate from John Blythe, commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia that recognizes him for his 60 continuous years of Legion membership.

  • Sarah Elizabeth White and Aaron Dale Schutt have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.