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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Jill R. Engel, MS, ACNP, FNP, ANP and CCRN-CSC, was selected by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to receive the 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence.

  • Samantha Conrath and Matthew Adermann, both of Taylorville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Stacey Sarchet and Jason Carpenter, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Laura Jurmann and the late Brad Sarchet of Vandalia.
    She is currently employed at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care as a certified nurse's assistant.
    The future groom is the son of Tony and Betty Summers of Vandalia.
    He is currently employed at ADS Electric as an electrician.
    The couple are planning a noon wedding on Wednesday, April 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia.

  • Patti Van Uytven was climbing up to a sewing machine as soon as she was big enough … and has now climbed all the way to the top of a “fabrics and all the trimmings for sewing and quilting” business, known in Ramsey as  “The Quilt Top Shop.”

  • St. Patrick's dinner is Sunday

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday.
    The meal includes corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children over 5, and free for children 5 and under.
    Carryouts will be available; to order, call 283-8738. All proceeds go the Right to Life programs.
     

  • By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma

  • Have church services become obsolete? Is coming together to worship as believers no longer relevant in today’s world?
    A few weeks ago on Rev Radio (a live call-in show hosted by the Rev. John Glennon and me on Wednesdays from 1:04 to 2 p.m. on WKRV 107.1 FM), we asked the question, “Why do people not attend church?” We received some enlightening comments and feedback from church attenders, but those who do not attend did not respond.