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Today's Features

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

     

  • For the past 75 days, Lucas Van Engen has seen America like few people ever will – from the seat of a garden tractor.
    Beginning on May 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., Van Engen has traversed nearly two-thirds the width of the continent – more than 2,000 miles so far – on a Sears Craftsman garden tractor. Powered by a 26-horsepower Kohler engine, the GT 5000 series tractor has held up just fine; perhaps better than Van Engen.

  • “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Last week,Etcheson began sharing his story of his childhood days in Shafter Township. He continues sharing memories this week, beginning with his family's move to Vandalia.
    The Move from Shafter to Vandalia
    Don said his dad sold the store to Don Satterthwaite, and they left Shafter in 1945.

  •  Deborah Charmaine Decker and Stephen Lee Hunt were united in marriage at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Lincoln Park in Zionsville, Ind., with Dr. Barton Updike officiating double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy and the late Arlie R. White of Indiana.
    The groom is the son of Raymond and Tonya Hunt of Fort Wayne, Ind. The late grandparents of the groom, Iona and Lee Hunt of Ramsey, and Hazel and Floyd Little of Vandalia, were honored during the ceremony and reception.

  • Katherine Freeland and Lucas Filer, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 12, 2010.
    The bride is the daughter of Kent and Mary Anna Freeland of Vandalia.
    The groom is the son of Lynn and Dee Filer of Vandalia.
    The bride chose Allison Gallagher as her matron of honor and Tana Robinson as her bridesmaid.
    The groom chose Seth Womack as his best man and Josh Jackson as the groomsman.
    Gwen Robinson and Anna Osborne were the flower girls. Donny Stroud and Caden Osborne were the ring-bearers.

  • Erin Hoffman and Tim Thomason were united in marriage on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the home of the bride's parents in Vandalia in a double-ring ceremony, with Tim Logue officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Randy and Patti Hoffman of Vandalia. She is 2005 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Kaskaskia College.
    The groom is the son of Tony and Shelly Thomason of Brownstown. He is a 2007 graduate of Brownstown High School and is currently attending Kaskaskia College.

  • Karlee Elizabeth Dunaway and Tyler David Kruenegel were united in marriage on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg in a double-ring ceremony, with Pastor Bruce Milash officiating.

  • Molly DeClerck and Kyle Keppler, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Steve and LeeAnn DeClerck and Becky DeClerck, all of Vandalia. She is a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and is currently attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She is in her last year of elementary education instruction and will be student teaching in Fairview Heights, Ill. She is currently employed at Ponderosa in Vandalia.