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Today's Features

  • Jasper Alexander Perry
    Ally Perry of Vandalia is the parent of a boy born at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was named Jasper Alexander.
    Grandparents are Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Jane Hall and Betty and Art Perry, all of Vandalia.

    Harrison Ryan Lash

  • Tim McMillan, left, receives his past master's apron from Winfred "Bud" Morrison for his service as worshipful master of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. in Vandalia in 2010.

  • Steve and Gloria Austin of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Steve and Donna Crawford of South Carolina, and formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 30.
    Steve and the former Donna Smith were married on Jan. 30, 1971, at the former Second Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    They lived in Vandalia for 17 years,  moved to Florida and then on to South Carolina in 1991.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Stacey and her husband Brian Hoff, and Kristin and her husband Todd Karraker.
    They have six grandchildren: Shayla, Joshua, Alex, Austin, Seth and Alexis.

  • Power Outage/Storm
    Tuesday of last week was the beginning of a three-day ordeal that tested the patience of all of the area residents.

  • Big Snows Often Means…
    …a lot of cancellations and a scarcity of news.

  • Holy Cross to host Love Banquet this Sunday

    The youth of Holy Cross Lutheran Church will hold a Love Banquet this Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. The meal will feature lasagna, spaghetti, salad and garlic bread.
    An auction is scheduled to start at noon.
    Cost for the meal is $7 for adults and $4 for children under age 10.
    For more information, call the church at 283-1133.

    Area clergy to be trained to assist firefighters

  •  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    (Joshua 1:9)

  • Ivan Swofford is friendly and upbeat, has a quick, ready smile and laughs easily at something humorous.

  • Callie, the Kitty, Comforts Josie, the Doggie
    We had noticed that Josie, the late Mandy’s little 10-year-old puppy, had not been acting up to par lately.