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Today's Features

  • “I knew it when I was 21,” he said. “Up to that time, I had only treated horses or some suffering animal. One day, I happened to visit a man who as very ill with erysipelas.  His head was twice as large as it should have been, and the doctors told him they couldn’t help. That man received my first treatment.  The next day, he was up and all right.”

  • April is National Volunteer Month, and one of Fayette County’s favorite volunteers, for both young and old, is Bill Beard, also known as “Windy Willy,” the lovable balloon animals clown.
    What began as a desire to help others as he and his family had been helped became a ministry of sorts that has spanned 20 years, and Bill is enthusiastically entering into the 21st.

  • Last week, the subject of my column was Dr. Hiram S. Short, a Fillmore doctor with Fayette County connections.

  • Marilyn Calvert is retiring from First National Bank of Vandalia this week after logging 59 years, more than any other employee of the bank.

  • Attend Visitation
    Dane, Belinda and Mary Harpster of St. Peter attended the visitation of Mary’s niece, Jeanie Cook of Coffeen, on Friday.

  • Teach An Old Dog New Tricks…
    …(you can’t do it!) is an old adage that I have been trying to prove not true since last November (yes, last year).

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 30
    • There are no monthly activities scheduled for the fifth Wednesdays.

  • The Church of God was the host church for the Lenten Luncheon on March 23.
    The Rev. Tom Farris welcomed everyone and led in a prayer. Following the meal, Cindy Hof sang, “Broken and Spilled Out,” accompanied on the piano by Kim Miller.
    The youth minister at First Assembly of God, David Ricketts, spoke on “The Path of Love.” He described himself as comparable to the prodigal son, living a selfish and reckless life when he was younger. At the age of 23, however, he woke up in the "pig pen," and prayed to receive Christ.

  • Wanda Mountain Boys to perform Saturday at The Barn

    The Wanda Mountain Boys will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in rural Pana.
    The Barn is located east of Pana three miles, south two miles and east half a mile.
    Admission is free.
    For more information, call Joanne Clark at 217-562-3526, or by logging on to The Barn's website at www.thebarn-pana.com.

    Women's seminar this Friday, Saturday in Greenville

  • By Edith Elliott
    Blessed by a beautiful day, guests at evergreen outreach came into Wesley Hall hearing the music of Bette Stolte at the piano,  playing “Somebody Bigger Than I.”
    This was Bette’s first time, and hopefully she will be a regular.
    David and Patricia Pence, who go by the name “Softfire,” brought their many instruments, their blended voices and four of their border collies to inspire and entertain us.