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Today's Features

  • Blake Allan Miller


    J.J. and Amber Miller of Greenville are the parents of a boy born at 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese.
    He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Blake Allan.
    Grandparents are Steve and Nancy Jansen of Carlyle and John and Leila Miller of Vandalia.


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  • Pamela Stine and Ryan Armstrong of Champaign were united in marriage on Sept. 4, 2010, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, Ill., with Rev. John Bates officiating the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Gordon and Denise Stine of St. Elmo. Grandparents are Stanley and Grace Stine of St. Elmo, and Pauline and the late Edward DeVantier of Altamont.
    The groom is the son of Robert and Rebecca Armstrong of Washington, Ill. Grandparents are Elmer and Dorothy Armstrong, and Gene and Shirley Hobbs, all of Washington, Ill.

  • One-year-old Serenity Myers cuddles and sleeps under a beautiful, unique, work of art, a quilt designed and stitched for her by her mother, Stephanie Myers.
    The quilt is in soft shades of brown and pink, and made of different materials and textures, but all coordinated. Pretty satin butterflies cavort and colorful flowers cheerily decorate the quilt, all designed and arranged by Stephanie.

  •  “Sneaky Pete,” The Wily Wolf, Is Back
    A few weeks ago, cousin Pauline Tackett called with a sighting of “Sneaky Pete,” the wolf.
    He made a late-night call at her back deck area to the pen of her dog, Sally Jo. Sally Jo was in a barking frenzy until he finally left, not liking the brilliant spotlight Pauline shined on him.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • 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.