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Today's Features

  • Katherine Kinney of Vandalia and Jonathan Faber of Joliet have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall.

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    A sizable crowd gathered at Temple Baptist Church on Saturday evening. They received a bonus musical blessing, following the welcome and prayer by the Rev. Loren File, when Russ Stewart of the Fourgiven Quartet introduced a young group named “No Hindrance.” Stewart's daughter, Chelsey, was the vocalist/guitarist, accompanied by guitarists Ryan Paine and Jacob Joliff.

  • Next Lenten Luncheon at St. James

    The Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday, March 30, will be held at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church at noon.
    The speaker will be Al Schumacher. Special music will be played by a handbell quartet, directed by Dorothy Donley. Richard Tucker, pianist for Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee, will provide music during the meal.
    Food for the meal is provided by members of St. James Lutheran, Zion Lutheran and First Presbyterian churches.
    For more information, call the church at 283-0725.   

  • By Pat Rhodes
     Monday was a picture-perfect spring day in Vandalia. The daffodils were in bloom and  the robins were busy gathering materials for their nests. I just can’t wait to get out in my flower gardens to clear away the remains of last year and uncover the new growth.

  • University of Illinois football coach Ron Zook shared his faith, his coaching philosophy and his passion for helping his players reach their potential as he addressed a crowd of nearly 400 at last Thursday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes banquet in Greenville.

  • We’ve all heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Who is the knucklehead that came up with that saying?  The reality is, our world can be shaped by our words.
    In fact, look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

  • Sun Is Shining And Bluebells Are Up!
    …and it is officially spring (today anyway) and the computer is in the house.
    One of our official reporters, DeDe Diveley, who gives us the weekly river bottom report, reported seeing a baby red fox this week, running along as if something was after it.
    The “girls” (Anita, Blackie and Fuzzy, chickens) are really enjoying bugging, picking and scratching. They sing to us a lot and are keeping us in nice, large eggs. Sometimes there will be four in the pen. We’ve never figured that out yet.

  • Birth
    Jamie and Emily Lotz of Effingham are the parents of a daughter, Aleece Marie, born on March 14, 2011. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. She is welcomed home by her brothers, Andrew, age 4, and Evan, age 2. Grandparents are Larry and Bev Lotz of St. Peter, and Jim and Rosie Gibbons of Edgewood.
    St. Peter Auxiliary
    The St. Peter American Legion Post #380 and the Auxiliary met on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. for their annual birthday supper.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 24
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, March 25
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care at 1300 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
    • Prairieland Pickets will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Tremont Ridge Assisted Living at 1200 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
    Saturday, March 26
    • Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon. Winter clothes sell for a $1 a bag.