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Today's Features

  • Fayette County Salvation Army raised a record amount in donations during the Christmas season.
    The bell-ringing campaign collected $14,900 from locations across Fayette County. That tops  the record set last year by $1,000.
    During the last week of November and all of December, more than 220 volunteers manned kettles at Wal-Mart, Harmon's Market IGA and Rural King. There also were more than 20 unmanned kettles in locations throughout the county.

  • Local organizers of Operation Christmas Child said this week that their effort to send shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children around the world was a success.
    The organization's Vandalia  center collected 1,146 shoeboxes from 22 churches, eight individuals and two organizations. That surpassed the number of shoeboxes collected last year, which was 844.
    The shoeboxes were filled with gifts, school supplies and hygiene items.

  • Wild game meal at Brownstown church

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host its fourth annual wild game supper this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to bring a wild game dish and other food.

  • By Mary Woolsey

  • Parking is hardly ever convenient, and, in most cases, turns out to be a discouraging part of the driving experience. It seems to me that much of the problem is related to our obsession with comfort. We would like to park as close as possible to our destination, and so we invent ingenious ways of achieving that goal. In this respect, I’m just an average American driver.  

  • Two mail carriers at the Vandalia Post Office recently retired. Rick Davino, left, and Mike Hagy, right, have each completed 38 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • A card shower has been requested for Margaret Durbin, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on Monday, Jan. 31.
    Durbin is currently in Florida, spending the winter with family and friends.
    Cards may be sent to: Ramada Maingate West, Room 1133, 7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Fla. 34747.

  • Jennifer Behrends and Timothy Andel, both of Arlington Heights, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Carole Behrends of Arlington Heights.
    Grandparents are Martin and the late Norma Behrends of Brownstown, and the late Edna and Lloyd Lindquist of Arlington Heights.
    She received her undergraduate English degree in 2008 from University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently employed by The Westin Hotel in Wheeling as the catering coordinator.