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Today's Features

  • “With love, you can do almost anything.” Those wise words were spoken by Lucille Bingaman, whose appearance, intelligence, conversation and quiet sense of humor belie her age of 99 years.

  • First Of All…
    …as I sit here typing early in the before-dawn morning, the patio door is open and the sounds of the birds’ songs, combined with the freshness of the rain-washed timber, foliage and earth is so refreshing and inspires humbleness and thankfulness to the Creator…and now back to work!

  • Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., and Rollie and Trieva Henson of St. Peter.
    Easter Dinner
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter took their mothers, Mary Harpster and Helen Limes, to the Leaky Bucket on Sunday for Easter dinner.
    They drove around the state park and enjoyed seeing deer, wild turkeys and squirrels.
    St. Peter Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, April 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.

  • Local 'Day of Prayer' activities set

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will sponsor its annual National Day of Prayer breakfast on Thursday, May 5.
    The event, which runs from 7-8 a.m., will be held at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Dave Bell, publisher of The Leader-Union. Marla Ainscough will provide the music, and Dr. Kevin Childers will serve as emcee.

  • The last Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at First Baptist Church of Vandalia on  April 20. Mike Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church was the speaker.
    The Rev. Robert Weaver, pastor of the host church, extended the welcome and led the blessing for the meal, which was prepared by the ladies of the church and served by the deacons and their wives.
    Following the meal, Weaver introduced his wife, Michell Weaver, who sang a song titled “When I Get Too Busy.”

  • By Joyce Mueller
    The recent changes Mother Nature provided for us this past week will probably be remembered for quite some time.
    But Evergreen Outreach can and does brighten a person’s day every Monday afternoon with friendship, inspirational topics and entertainment.

  • The week following the crucifixion of Christ was and is a week of hope and trust.

  • Taylor Lynn Rose Koonce
    Joshua Koonce and Misty Cole of Effingham are the parents of a girl born at 10:57 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Jessica Ireland of Shobonier and Christopher Whitehead of St. Peter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.