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Today's Features

  • “Larry’s Country Diner” is a popular television show on the cable network RFD, located in Nashville, Tenn. Fred and Connie Bingaman of Brownstown met the people of the show while on vacation in Branson, Mo., where the show was in production.
    The set of Larry’s Country Diner is, as the title indicates, a country diner with checkered tablecloths, matching curtains, and tables and chairs where the audience sits and is actually served food during the show.

  • Edwin Adermann
    Edwin Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1921. He and his wife, Margaret, are the former owners/operators of Higgins Cleaners.
    They are the parents of three children: Genny Matzker, Merle Adermann and Nori Pruitt, all of Vandalia.
    He has six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild, and one granddaughter and one step-grandson deceased.

  • Brande L. Dunn of Vandalia was among the 16 students in Lewis and Clark Community College's Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Program who were pinned as they graduated to become registered nurses.
    Dunn is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, and completed prerequisite and licensed practical nurse courses through Kaskaskia College at both the Vandalia Campus and the main campus. She had been working as an LPN since 2006.
    She and her husband, Michael, have two sons: Joseph and Alexander.

  • Lawrence and Patsy Hebron of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Farina United Methodist Church in Farina.
    Lawrence Hebron and the former Patsy Wagoner were married on Jan. 8, 1961, at the Edgewood Methodist Church in Edgewood. Their attendants were Tom Hebron and Avanell Wagoner Schwengel.

  • Eric and Sue Miller of Shobonier celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise open house on Saturday, Dec. 18, hosted by their children at their home.
    Eric, the son of the late George and Marian Miller, and the former Sue Witbracht, daughter of Ivan and Jeanne Witbracht, were married on Dec. 23, 1970, in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Their attendants were Barbara Clark McCart and Bill Metzger.
    He is part-owner of Miller Brothers Construction, and she is currently employed at the Fayette County Probation Department.

  • Christmas Gathering
    The family of the late Walter and Agnes Lotz celebrated Christmas on Dec. 19 at the home of Ed and Doris Young. Present were: Ed and June Opfer, David and Connie Feather, Jonathan Feather and friend Ami, Craig and Amy Opfer, Jason Opfer, Larry and Bev Lotz, Jason, Kellly, Lauren and Logan Lotz, Jamie, Emily, Andrew and Evan Lotz,  Jeff, Jeana and Krista Lotz, and John and Carissa Lotz. Unable to attend were Cindi Lotz, Tyson Lotz, Tessa Opfer, and Nicole Opfer and fiancé Blake Doehring.

  • Reprieve From Cooking, Dish Washing, Sweeping, Etc., Etc.
    When Bill’s sister, Ava Taylor, called with an invitatiton to eat with her at Los Amigos, her treat, Bill got a reprieve from his household chores since the “broken ankle-can’t stand on it long without crutches-so-can’t stand-over-hot-stove-and-cook-or-wash-dishes” incident.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., at the Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Jan. 6
    • Epiphany day.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. Erna Koontz is hostess.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.

  • By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma