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Today's Features

  • Brownstown First Christian Church will host a “Shine for Jesus” car show this Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers’ Road Angel Center, located three miles west of Brownstown at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70.

    All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are welcome to enter. Registration, which opens at 8 a.m., is $5. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and trophies will be awarded.

    The Jeff Higginson Band from Inner City Mission in Springfield will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • By Pat Rhodes

    Monday was one of the most pleasant days we have had in several weeks. The high temperature for the day was only 86 degrees, a cold wave compared to what we have had here lately.
    Evergreen Outreach has been meeting at Fayette County Long Term Care this summer, and will continue to do so for the rest of this month while renovations to First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall are completed.

  • Though John Glennon classifies himself as a “second-career guy” when it comes to his calling as a minister, his enthusiasm for his work is second-to-none.
    The new minister at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia has indeed taken a circuitous route to his work in the ministry – earning a mortuary science degree and then working as a manufacturing engineer before feeling the call to the ministry.
    But it wasn’t a smooth ride.

  • By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • The saga of Shafter Store continues. It served as the hub of the small rural community and supported two large, growing families (the Etchesons and Satterthwaites) during the Great Depression years and later, when there were many shortages during World War II.
    The store supplied customers with virtually every need it was possible to fill for everyday living, including providing them with egg and chicken money.

  • Alan and Teresa Edwards of Salem are the parents of a boy born at 2:06 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Joseph Alan.
    He has one sister, 2-year-old Zoey Cameron.
    Grandparents are Bill and Cheryl Edwards of Patoka, and the late Nila Cameron.
    Great-grandparents are Danny and Barbra Oberlink of Vandalia and Bill and the late Wilma Edwards of Patoka.

  • A card shower has been requested for Loretta Seely of Brownstown, who will be celebrating her 85th birthday on Tuesday. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 142 Brownstown, Ill. 62418.