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Today's Features

  • “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.

  • Attend Birthday Celebration
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the sixth birthday celebration of their granddaughter, Madison Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.

  • Spring Is Just Around The Corner…
    …time to get out the seed catalogues (which always makes me think of the late Charlie and Gladys Fisher, and plan this summer’s garden.

  • Southern gospel concert this Saturday

    A Southern gospel concert featuring "Soldiers of the Cross" from Aurora will be held at Crown Point Church this Saturday at 7 p.m.
    The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road.
    For more information, contact the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

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  • By Edith Elliott

  • Have you heard the saying, “The grass always looks greener on the other side”?

  • 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.

  • George and Beverly Hipsher of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children and family from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church rural Vandalia.

  • Richard and Doris Courson of St. Peter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the St. Peter American Legion Home, hosted by their children.
    Richard and the former Doris Rothe were married on Feb.  26, 1961, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Martin L. Travis. Their attendants were Mary Lillian Virden and the late Dean Virden.

  • David and Debra Cearlock celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
    David and the former Debra Goodin were married on Feb. 14, 1976, at First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    He is the son of the late Dewayne and Norma Cearlock of Vandalia. She is the daughter of Howard and Nelda Goodin of Mulberry Grove.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Angela and her husband Christopher Smith of Vandalia, and Staci and her husband Curtis Hampton of Greenville.