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Today's Features

  • Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Phoenix, Ariz., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Amanda Dufaux and Jeff Burnam have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Bethany Kramer of Farina and Blake Lane of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Keith and Denise Kramer of Farina. Grandparents are Eugene and Marilyn Kramer of Farina, Harry and Mary Ann Deters and the late Madonna Deters of Sigel.

  • 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…”