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Today's Features

  • “Basket of Memories” was the theme of the St. Elmo Alumni Banquet held the evening of May 28 in the high school gym, with more than 200 alumni and guests attending. More than 160 had made reservations. The alumni came from 16 states, 43 towns and cities in Illinois and 33 from St. Elmo.
    A retired agriculture teacher, Richard Lowe of St. Elmo, attended. Following are the alumni, and if a state isn’t listed, the town is in Illinois.
    1934-Jennie Alice Logue Harner of St. Elmo.
    1938-Gilbert Wright and Millard Mills, both of St. Elmo.

  • Yavonn Walls, left, and Kimberly Bone, right, helped distribute free meals on Monday at the Summer Lunches for Kids location in the gazebo in Rogier Park.

  • Revival is Sunday 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, this Sunday, at 6 p.m. under the theme of  “Fan the Flame.”

  • By Melanie Schaafsma
    At 1 p.m. Monday, guests were assembled at First United Methodist Church once again for Evergreen Outreach. As far as we know, there is nothing of its kind anywhere. It is a time of gathering together to celebrate life and show caring to those who don’t always have the chance to get out of their houses, nursing homes, or assisted living residences.

  • "Relevant" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as “pertinent, to the point.” It’s got to be relevant! Has anyone ever said that to you?

  • "Relevant" is defined by Webster's Dictionary as “pertinent, to the point.” It’s got to be relevant! Has anyone ever said that to you?

  • On Saturday afternoon, May 7, Dan and Barb Oberlink of Modern Woodmen (above) bought and brought the mulch to Main Street’s Lincoln Park, and spread the mulch.\

  • Ginger Freeman and Andrew Wehrle, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Donna Carrell and the late Gordon Carrell of Ramsey.
    The future groom is the son of Randy Wehrle of Ramsey and Lugene Fisher of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a 4 p.m. wedding on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Ramsey Christian Church. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. at the Vandalia VFW.

  • On May 26, the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met for its monthly meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and four guests present.
    After the pledge to the flag, a moment of silence was held for Karl Jesgarz, a member of the club who died May 22.
    Brock Fisher gave the meal blessing.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and introducing the special guest, John Nestleroad, a supervisor at the Patoka ExxonMobil Tank Farm.

  • David and Kathleen Mahon of St. Peter will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    David Mahon and the former Kathleen Michel were married on June 12, 1966, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter.