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Today's Features

  • Judy Carruthers
    Judy Snider Carruthers of Ramsey will celebrate her 70th birthday on Monday, April 4, 2011.
    Cards may be sent to her at: R.R. 2 Box 244, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Paula Roach (center), the daughter of Robert and Helen Smith of Hagarstown, and her daughters, Amanda Roach (left) and Danielle Uhlry (right), graduated from Capital Area Career Center as licensed practical nurses.

    Graduation ceremonies were held at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield on Dec. 19. Paula Roach, who received the Florence Nightingale Award, was allowed to pin both of her daughters.

  • Jenee Sikma and Nathan Mackiewicz, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • As the third week of the Lenten Luncheons draws near, Al Schumacher prepares to be the featured speaker at St. James Lutheran Church at noon on Wednesday, March 30. Meet, or get reacquainted with, Al and his wife, Susann.

    “We came here (to Vandalia) 17 years ago,” Al said. “We came from Hillsboro, where we lived for 10 years prior to that.
    “We opened the National Bank here in 1993, and we just kind of love Vandalia,” he said.

  • Lyle L. Ballance, left, receives a certificate from John Blythe, commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia that recognizes him for his 60 continuous years of Legion membership.

  • Sarah Elizabeth White and Aaron Dale Schutt have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • John and Donna VanUytven of Oconee will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Oconee Legion Hall.

  • Forrest “Punk” and Joyce Kistler of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 18.


    Forrest is the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Kistler, and the Joyce is the daughter of the late Mike and Mary Pelagio.
    They are the parents of three sons: Mike and his wife Nancy Kistler, and Ron and Larry Kistler, all of Brownstown.
    They have five grandchildren: Wes, Brooke, Lindsay, Andrew and Emille. They have one great-grandson, Maxx.
    They enjoyed a family dinner in honor of their anniversary.

  • Danielle Phillips and Adrian Corley were united in marriage at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Overcup Baptist Church in Bluff City, with the Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating.

  • Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Phoenix, Ariz., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.