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Today's Features

  • Kieran Brown and Rachel Carpenter of Carbondale are the parents of a boy born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.


    He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 23 inches long. He was named Tobias Pearse.
    Grandparents are Todd and Lisa Wagner of Vandalia, Paul and Christine Pearse of London, England, and Robert and Jodene Carpenter of Hoffman.
    Great-grandparents are Dean and Cathy Bernhardt of Vandalia, Cleo and Janet Wagner of Mulberry Grove, and Kathleen Pearse of London, England.

  • Trish Bolyard and Scott Vantine have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Marilyn Bolyard of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of Donna and the late Norman “Frank” Vantine of Etna, N.Y.
    They met online and dated long distance for three years before he moved to Illinois in 2010.
    The couple are planning a May 14 wedding in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • William “Bill” and Lois Hill will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Trevor Thomas at First Church of God
    Trevor Thomas, known as "Mr. Drama," will appear at First Church of God in Vandalia this Friday at 7 p.m. His programs combine music, monologues, poems, sketches and mime.
    The church is located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road northwest of Vandalia, just off of Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call the Rev. Tom Farris at 282-1718.

    Crown Point to give 'An Easter Drama'

  • By Mary Woolsey
    After a stormy night on Sunday, the sun came out on Monday, and Evergreen Outreach was hugely attended. All chairs were full.
    Cookies made by Iris Rademacher and Peg Clark were eagerly accepted, along with drinks. Many volunteers helped with serving.
    Donna Smith, who often plays the piano as guests enter, was not able to play. Her husband, Gail, is seriously ill. Prayer for him and his family would be most welcome.

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    Michael “Mike” Lewis of St. James Lutheran Church will speak at the final Lenten Luncheon of the season at the First Baptist Church next  Wednesday.
    Lewis is a licensed lay minister and has been a member of St. James Lutheran Church for more than 25 years.
    He and his wife, Nancy, live in Vandalia, where he was born and grew up.
    He has served on the church council and on committees, and currently serves on the worship music committee.

  • By Panzi Blackwell

    The Rev. Joseph Havrilka  welcomed those present for the fourth Lenten Luncheon, hosted last week by Mother of Dolors Catholic Church. He asked the blessing for the meal prepared and served by the women of the church.

  • Last week, I read an anecdote about a young lady named Alexandra Flynn from Freemont, Neb.

    Back in 2002, Alexandra, or Alex as her friends called her, went to her high school’s homecoming dance. She left home in high spirits, but she did not have her high school ID with her. When the man at the door refused her admission without her ID, she went home to get it. Unable to find it, her mother went back to the dance with her to identify her and to explain. Again, the daughter was refused admission without the ID.

  • Some years back, Leo Marty of Ramsey asked me to write a column about the creeks of Fayette County. I had written about the villages, schools, people and roads, but nothing on the creeks and branches that run through the valleys of Fayette County.

  • Rosemary “Rosie” Gerkin’s family could be considered as pioneers in Vandalia.
    A life-long resident of Vandalia, Rosie and her husband, the late Dennis Gerkin, are the parents of sons Denny and Jimmy Joe.