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Today's Features

  • Charles and Sandra Murfin of Patoka will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Patoka Civic Center.

  • Zachary Edgar, a life-long member of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, is an ordained deacon and is looking forward to May 2012, when he will become an ordained priest.

  • Freedom-What a Beautiful Word…
    …and what a terrible, great cost to be able to enjoy our freedom in America.

  • Visit Grandparents
    Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday through Monday with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 1
    • A reminder that youth age 8 and older may enroll in a three-day photography workshop that will be given at the Vandalia Extension Office from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 6; Wednesday, June 8; and Friday, June 10. Reservations have to be made by this Wednesday. There is no cost for 4-H members, and the cost is $10 for non-4-H youth. Call 283-2753 to register.

  • Revival is June 12 at Northside Christian
    Do you want to “fan the flame” you once had? Maybe you once had a “fire” to worship and serve the Lord, but circumstances in your life – or even church – put that fire out!
    Are you looking to reignite that flame? Are you looking to have in you the same fire you see in others?
    Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will hold a one-night revival on Pentecost Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. under the theme of  “Fan the Flame.”

  • If you are reading this article, it means one of two things:  Either you were overlooked in the most recent prediction of the “rapture,” or yet another self professed prophet of God has given us yet another bogus date on when the end of the world will take place.

  • Thomas and Judy Steiner of Mulberry Grove celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Friday, May 27.

    Thomas Steiner and the former Judy Bunyard were married on May 27, 1971, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville.
    They are the parents of four children: Debra Phillips, Keith and his wife Rhonda Steiner, and Christy Steiner, all of Mulberry Grove, and Becky and her husband Russ Rieke of Greenville.
    They have 12 grandchildren.
    The couple enjoyed a celebration with family and friends on Sunday.

  • Robert “Bob” and Helen Smith of Hagarstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
    Bob Smith and the former Helen Little were married on June 3, 1961, by the late Rev. Archie Brown.
    Their attendants were George and Shirley Little.
    Helen is the daughter of the late Russell and Maxine Little. Bob is the son of Virginia and the late Voris Smith.
    They are the parents of two children: Jon and his wife Andi Smith of Vandalia, and Paula and her husband Gary Roach of Hillsboro.
    They have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  • Last week, 90-year-old Miles Filer shared his story about serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Army Airborne Division; his jump over Normandy on D-Day; his capture by the Germans; and 11 months as a prisoner of war, nine of which he worked in a coal mine in Czechoslovakia, until the war was over.

    May 1945
    The war was over – Miles Filer was rescued from a POW camp, returned home after an honorable discharge and began life again as a civilian.