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Today's Features

  • Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Larry and Sue Urban of rural St. Peter were Keri, Elijah and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., and Michelle, Tyson, Haley and Landon Urban of Ft. Wayne, Ind.

  • Rummage sale this Saturday at FUMC

    A rummage sale will be held this Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Sponsored by the United Methodist Women, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall, in the lower level of the church. Enter from the back door of the church, which is located at 127 N. Fourth St.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Handbell registration deadline Saturday

  • The following is an excellent blog recently posted by Jim Daly, president and CEO of Focus on the Family. Every parent needs to read this.
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    Even if you don’t follow pop culture, you’ve inevitably read or heard of the teen actress Miley Cyrus. Playing the wholesome character, Hannah Montana, on her popular Disney television show of the same name several years ago, Miss Cyrus was catapulted into entertainment’s stratosphere.

  • 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.