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Today's Features

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • By Belinda Harpster

    Meet in West Frankfort
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter met their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., in West Frankfort on Friday evening. They ate dinner together, then brought home Mahala’s pet chinchilla for the week while she attends a Farm Bureau conference in Washington, D.C.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 16
    • Friendship Manor Nursing Home will have a birthday party at 2 p.m.

  • OUR PLACE to show 'Left Behind'

    OUR PLACE youth center in downtown Vandalia will be showing the movie "Left Behind" this Friday evening. The hours for the event are 6:30-9 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m.
    The "Left Behind" movie is based on the book by the same title. It is rated PG-13, and parents are cautioned that some material may not be appropriate for children under 13.
    Free popcorn and drinks are available. Donations are accepted.
    Our Place is located at 507 W. Gallatin St.

  • The annual Lenten Luncheon series kicked off this week, with the opening event being held Wednesday at First Christian Church. John Glennon, pastor of Parkview Free Methodist Church, was the speaker.
    Following is the list of locations and speakers for the upcoming weeks:
    March 23 – First Church of God; Dan Ricketts, youth minister at First Assembly of God.
    March 30 – St. James Lutheran; Al Schumacher.
    April 6 – Mother of Dolors; Don Arndt of First Baptist Church.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    There was a “hint of green” on Monday. Those attending Evergreen Outreach  enjoyed participating in the St. Patrick’s Day program. Donna Smith was at the piano, accompanied by Jerry Brugoto on his guitar, as they entertained with Irish songs.
    The Rev. Jim Fackler, assisted by Genelle Hachat, led the group in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs, as volunteers served refreshments of cookies, iced tea, water and coffee.

  • We are now at the beginning of Lent. The first Sunday of Lent was on March 13.

  • Evelyn A. Chatham Talbott of Vandalia will celebrate her 86th  birthday this Sunday.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
     

  • The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 pm. on April 8 at Days Inn in Vandalia.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than April 1. Limited seating is available, so reservations should be made soon.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is honoring three ladies in the Soroptimist International of Americas programs: Kathy Critcheloe, Women’s Opportunity Award; Gabrielle McNutt, Violet Richardson Award; and Brenda Benton, Ruby Award.

  • Betty Schaub of Vandalia is celebrating her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her family from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.