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Today's Features

  • The Air So Brisky Makes the Critters Frisky
    One really cool morning this week, we looked out the window to see Smoky, the (adorable) little donkey, briskly running up and down and around his pen, and kicking up his heels so high his front feet also left the ground.
    He has also been playing a lot with his big blue barrel. He was bucking and twisting as if he was in a rodeo. Every once in a while, he would stop and look toward the kitchen window as if to see if we were watching, which we were and enjoying the show very much.

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Colin Jeffrey Choisser
    Jeff and Amber Choisser of Valmeyer are the parents of a boy born at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at St. John’s Mercy, St. Louis, Mo.
    He weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He was named Colin Jeffrey.
    Grandparents are Carl and Shelia Connell of Flora, Gary and Beth Emerick of Vandalia, and Dale and Vickie Choisser of Tennessee.
    Great-grandparents are Betty Barnett of Eldorado, Ann Emerick of Vandalia, and Elsie Hinkle, and Hunter and Rajean Connell, all of Flora.

  • Dale Harbison of rural Vandalia and his granddaughter, Haley Smith, display three large turnips they grew this year.

  • Molly DeClerck and Kyle Keppler were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 2010, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia.
    The bride is the daughter of Becky DeClerck of Vandalia and Steve DeClerck of Pana.
    The groom is the son of Kevin and Shelly Keppler of Vandalia.
    The bride chose Abby Bayles, sister of the bride, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Morgan Cripe, niece; Lindsay Lash, sister of the groom; and Katie Stanley, friend of the bride.

  • Geno and Karen Cearlock of Vandalia celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, Nov. 8.
    Geno and the former Karen Graumenz were married on Nov. 8, 1975, in Vandalia.
    Their attendants were John Cearlock and Judy Hoffek.
    Geno is the son of Bea and the late Gene Cearlock of Vandalia. He is retired from the Vandalia City Police Department.
    Karen is the daughter of Alvin and the late Edna Graumenz of Vandalia. She is employed at the Vandalia Wal-Mart.

  • Kerri Pruitt and Joseph Patterson have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Dan and Nori Pruitt of Vandalia. She is a 2007 graduate of Vandalia Community High School. She is currently employed at Greenville Regional Hospital as a certified nurse's assistant and as a receptionist at Maranatha’s in Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Cyndi Bolt and the late Bob Patterson of Brownstown.

  • Brownstown Thanksgiving service Sunday

    The Brownstown area churches and ministerial alliance will host a community Thanksgiving service this Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, which is located at the corner of First and Maple streets in Brownstown.

    The host church will lead the worship time, with several other churches providing special music. The Rev. Olen Evans, pastor of Brownstown First Baptist Church, will preach. The public is invited. 

  • The women of St. James Lutheran Church will hold an "everything apple" bake sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church gymnasium. Included in the items for sale will be apple sauce, apple pies, apple crisp, apple cake and apple muffins. Shown peeling apples in preparation for the event are, from left, Diane Mayfield, Gail Metivier and Vivian Schmid.