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Today's Features

  • Five generations of the Meseke family are shown here. From left to right are: Sandra Kleinik, grandmother; Dorothy Meseke, great-great-grandmother, holding Alyssa Wiseman; Filbert Meseke, great-great-grandfather; Shanna Meseke, mother; and Harvey Meseke, great-great-grandfather.

  • Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 93rd birthday this Sunday.


    Friends may join her for lunch on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    Cards may be sent to: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Mason Mark Schaub
    John and Jacy Schaub of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:14 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Mason Mark.
    He has three brothers, 11-year-old Cole and Nathan and 5-year-old Cade.
    Grandparents are Delmar and Kim Miller, and Paul and Becky Schaub, all of Brownstown.
    Great-grandparents are Doris Kern and Mary Reams.

    Kyler Lane Fulk

  • Chasity Beck and Jedidiah Carter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • “We’re supposed to attack Satan where he’s at…That’s the only way I know how to do it, as a paratrooper would do, just jump in with both feet.”
    Rev. Carl Rhodes

  • Sad Awakening On The Chicken Roost
    When I opened the gate to let the girls (hens) out early Wednesday morning, only Blackie and Anita came out. A look into the pen revealed Fuzzy stretched out on the ground near the fence, obviously gone.

  • Morning Coffee by the Campfire
    Early Sunday morning was just too nice to let it pass by us. Years ago, before we moved on the Homestead, we would go camping every year. One of the most treasured enjoyments was having our coffee early in the morning by the campfire.

  • St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 231.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, April 13
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

  • The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center' annual fundraising banquet was held March 24 at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia.
    The banquet was well attended, with more than 200 guests and supporters of the center.
    The featured speaker was Kathy Sparks of Granite City. Sparks shared her testimony of having once worked as a medical assistant in an abortion clinic. She now serves as executive director of Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers in Granite City, Belleville and Edwardsville.