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Today's Features

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Clifford and Daisy Durbin of St. Elmo celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
    Clifford and the former Daisy Hopper were married on Feb. 2, 1939, at the Fayette County Courthouse, with Judge Charlie Myers officiating, this being the first wedding that Judge Myers had preformed. Their attendants were Adele Kelly and Mary C. Grey.  
    After being married, the Durbins settled in rural St. Elmo. Cliff drove the school bus for 26 years and farmed, and Daisy was a homemaker.  

  • Good listening is an art.  Unfortunately, there are not a lot of good listeners today.
    And if you don’t think so, ask yourself how many times you say something and have to repeat it.  You say something,  and the response is “Hmmm?” or “What did you say?”
    It’s frustrating when people don’t listen.  Sometimes it’s easier not to talk than to have to repeat things because people won’t listen.

  • By Pat Rhodes

  • Northside Christian to start Bible study

    Northside Christian Church will start a new Bible study, beginning this Wednesday, 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.

  • Picture this. It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia, in the year 1861, 150 years ago.

  • 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.