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Today's Features

  • Stranger Than Fiction?
    While I’ve always been amazed at the level of intelligence most of the Homestead critters have demonstrated from time to time, the claim has never been made that they could actually read.
    However, after writing last week of the possibility that the “girls” (hens-Fuzzy, Blackie, and Anita) might start laying eggs this winter since they now have the late and lovely SnowWhite Goose’s nightlight for heat, we have found four nice eggs on four consecutive days in their pen.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 26
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, Jan. 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, Jan. 30

  • Northside Christian to start Bible study

    Northside Christian Church will start a new Bible study, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from  Ray Vander Laan’s “That the World May Know” lesson series.
    The title of this series is “God Heard Their Cry.” It illustrates how God hears and answers the cry of his persecuted people. It was filmed on location in the Middle East.
    The study will be held each Wednesday in February, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the church, which is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.

  • “Where was your Jesus-God when the crazed kid killed and wounded folks in Tucson?,” an angry and frustrated friend asked. “Couldn’t he have stopped such an evil act?”
    He was there, for sure! At the back of the crowd, weeping for God’s children who ignored him as he showed them his way, as they ignored Jesus’ presence in our lives (Matthew 23:37, 38).
    It was the same place the savior stood when you had an abortion, because you weren’t willing to have your life interrupted by a baby.

  • Elaine Bost Froehly (center), a longtime Vandalia resident now living in Houston, Texas, was in Vandalia to celebrate her 93rd birthday. While here, she shared a birthday lunch with two friends, Genevive Diveley (left) and Adelaide Kelly (right), at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care. All three were classmates at Vandalia High School.

  • Doris Goatley
    Doris Goatley of Decatur, and formerly of Vandalia, will celebrate her 80th birthday with a family gathering on Jan. 29.
    Cards may be sent to her at: Imboden Creek Gardens, 185 W. Imboden Drive, Apt. 214, Decatur, Ill. 62521.
     

  • Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Olen and Deb Evans of rural Brownstown.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Brownstown High School and a 2006 graduate of Sparks College in Shelbyville. She is currently employed at Dr. Brian's Dossett's medical practice.
    The future groom is the son of David and Karen Portz of rural Brownstown.
    He is a 2008 graduate of Greenville College, and is currently employed at Windsor Elementary School.

  • For most of her 100 years, Farrell Gruenbaum has been an athlete.

  • Dave Denning was already firmly ensconced in a job he had worked at since graduating from high school, one he was steadfastly committed to, when he happened by a physical therapy room one day.
    He thought to himself, “I’d like to work at that.” Little did he know, or even dream,  that he would become a physical therapist, helping others strive for a more comfortable and active life, while also lifting their spirits.

  • WEEK OF JAN. 17
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 180. Organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Baylie Maske. Elders were Curtis Jenne and Charles Wachholz.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Courtney Gerstenecker
    -Trudy Huffman
    -Charlie Pryor Sr.
    -Clifford Ray
    • Those serving our country:
    -Penny Taylor Davis
    -Corey Doyen
    -Ryan Howell
    -Nathan Jones
    -Josh Meseke
    -Kyle Rose
    -Cody Smith