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Today's Features

  • Brande L. Dunn of Vandalia was among the 16 students in Lewis and Clark Community College's Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Program who were pinned as they graduated to become registered nurses.
    Dunn is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, and completed prerequisite and licensed practical nurse courses through Kaskaskia College at both the Vandalia Campus and the main campus. She had been working as an LPN since 2006.
    She and her husband, Michael, have two sons: Joseph and Alexander.

  • Lawrence and Patsy Hebron of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Farina United Methodist Church in Farina.
    Lawrence Hebron and the former Patsy Wagoner were married on Jan. 8, 1961, at the Edgewood Methodist Church in Edgewood. Their attendants were Tom Hebron and Avanell Wagoner Schwengel.

  • Eric and Sue Miller of Shobonier celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise open house on Saturday, Dec. 18, hosted by their children at their home.
    Eric, the son of the late George and Marian Miller, and the former Sue Witbracht, daughter of Ivan and Jeanne Witbracht, were married on Dec. 23, 1970, in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Their attendants were Barbara Clark McCart and Bill Metzger.
    He is part-owner of Miller Brothers Construction, and she is currently employed at the Fayette County Probation Department.

  • Christmas Gathering
    The family of the late Walter and Agnes Lotz celebrated Christmas on Dec. 19 at the home of Ed and Doris Young. Present were: Ed and June Opfer, David and Connie Feather, Jonathan Feather and friend Ami, Craig and Amy Opfer, Jason Opfer, Larry and Bev Lotz, Jason, Kellly, Lauren and Logan Lotz, Jamie, Emily, Andrew and Evan Lotz,  Jeff, Jeana and Krista Lotz, and John and Carissa Lotz. Unable to attend were Cindi Lotz, Tyson Lotz, Tessa Opfer, and Nicole Opfer and fiancé Blake Doehring.

  • Reprieve From Cooking, Dish Washing, Sweeping, Etc., Etc.
    When Bill’s sister, Ava Taylor, called with an invitatiton to eat with her at Los Amigos, her treat, Bill got a reprieve from his household chores since the “broken ankle-can’t stand on it long without crutches-so-can’t stand-over-hot-stove-and-cook-or-wash-dishes” incident.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., at the Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Jan. 6
    • Epiphany day.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. Erna Koontz is hostess.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.

  • By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma

  • Wild game meal at Brownstown church

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host its fourth annual wild game supper on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to bring a wild game dish and other food.

  • I ran an errand early on the Sunday morning before Christmas. The light snow falling created a picturesque scene. I stepped on the sidewalk in front of a home and took one step. The next thing was a blur of coat and me hitting the sidewalk. I think the older I get, the harder I fall. I laid there for a minute, and then began to smile. I hope someone, anyone who saw this got a good laugh. My pride was hurt the worst, and then, a few hours later, other aches and pains began to settle in.

  • The recent tornado and severe storms warnings gave one pause to think about how Fayette County would be prepared to cope with a devastating disaster situation.