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Today's Features

  • Delaney Elizabeth Levanti
    Lucas and Jessica Levanti of West Frankfort are the parents of a girl born at 5:17 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

  • Earl Hovious
    A card shower has been requested for Earl Hovious of Brownstown who will celebrate his 89th birthday on Thursday, March 3.


    Cards may be sent to him at: P.O. Box 57, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Rodes and Beverly Hood of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th  wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 25.
    Rodes and the former Beverly Brown were married on Feb. 25, 1961, at the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Mo.
    He is the son of the late C. Rodes and Maurine Hood of Bowling Green, Mo., and she is the daughter of the late William and Fay Brown of Whiteside, Mo.

  • Layne and Brenda Mayfield of Vandalia will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 28.
    Layne and the former Brenda Duckworth were married on Feb. 28, 1986, at United Methodist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    Their attendants were Vicky Huber, sister of the bride, and Kevin Griffin, friend of the groom.
    They are the parents of one son, Marion, who is currently stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Layne and Brenda visited him in December in honor of their anniversary.

  • Danny and Linda Barker of Brownstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the renewal of vows at Kaskaskia Church, with the Rev. Kent “Peewee” Denton officiating the ceremony.
    Danny and the former Linda Jennings were married on Feb. 7, 1961, at the home of Dewey and Phebe Jennings.
    They are the parents of three sons: Doug and his wife Renee Barker, and Dwayne and his wife Tammy Barker, both of Brownstown, and Darrell and his wife Patti Barker of Hutto, Texas.

  • The news headline from The Vandalia Union read: “Sleepy Citizen Shot and Killed in Vandalia.”
    I’m too young to remember Frank H. Meier’s alligator, but many of our readers may recall this "pet" that, along with an ancient black snake, inhabited the Meier greenhouse.
    The Union newspaper reporter wrote that E. F. Steffen, the new owner of the F.H. Meier Greenhouses, fired the fatal shot, and then went on to fire a few of his own.

  • “Have Karaoke Machine, Will Travel” could be the motto of retired factory worker Raymond Swofford, who spends much of his time traveling to nursing homes and other places to share his love and enjoyment of gospel and country western music with others.
    His interest in music began when he was 7 years old, as he sang along with the radio as his favorite country music stars, such as Roy Acuff (“The Great Speckled Bird”) and Ernest Tubb (“I’m Walking the Floor Over You”), made their mark in bluegrass, gospel and country music history.

  • Attend Birthday Celebration
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the sixth birthday celebration of their granddaughter, Madison Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.

  • Spring Is Just Around The Corner…
    …time to get out the seed catalogues (which always makes me think of the late Charlie and Gladys Fisher, and plan this summer’s garden.

  • Southern gospel concert this Saturday

    A Southern gospel concert featuring "Soldiers of the Cross" from Aurora will be held at Crown Point Church this Saturday at 7 p.m.
    The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road.
    For more information, contact the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

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