Today's Features

  • Congratulations
    Congratulations to Brett Harmeier for being named to an area all-star basketball team.
    His team will be playing a team made up of players from the Oil Belt Conference at Odin Jr./Sr. High School on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
    The area all-stars are made up of players from surrounding schools that are not part of the Oil Belt Conference. Brett is the son of Dan and Kari Harmeier of St. Peter and a student at St. Peter Lutheran School.
    Attend Birthday Celebration

    Thursday, Feb. 16
    • University of Illinois Soil and Water Management Seminar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Effingham County Extension Office.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • The St. Elmo post-prom committee will have a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at Culver’s in Effingham.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, Feb. 18

  • A series featuring businesses along Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia continues, with new businesses first being introduced, followed by those businesses that have faithfully persevered through the years to keep the downtown area alive in a friendly manner while providing quality merchandise.

  • Sharon and Gerald Brown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

  • Isabella Grace Edwards
    Tim and Jamie Edwards of Hanoi, Vietnam, are the parents of a girl born at 5:36 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, in Lanna Hospital in Chiangmai, Thailand.

  • Bethany Gabrielle Stuemke and Lee Anthony Doyle were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Wallace pond and gazebo of Bethany’s grandparents.

  • Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitch Ashbaugh of Effingham have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Koontz of rural St. Elmo will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14.

  • St. Peter sausage supper set

    The men of St. Peter's Lutheran Church will host a sausage supper with a full menu this Sunday in the St. Peter Lutheran School gym.
    Serving begins at 5 p.m. Carryouts are available.

    Love Banquet and Auction

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church will hold its third annual Love Banquet and Auction in the church fellowship hall this Sunday.

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance this week announced the schedule and speakers for this year's Lenten Luncheon series.
    The luncheons are held each Wednesday during Lent, beginning at noon and concluding by 1 p.m. They are held at a different church each week.
    This year's theme is "Unity."
    The following is this year's lineup:
    Feb. 29 – First Christian Church (283-2001). Speaker: Scott Smith, First Church of God youth pastor.