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Today's Features

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • Last week-Adrian Curley’s story began with his birth mother, Janet, giving him up for adoption…because of her love for him,  And of his adoptive mother’s (Orla Jo)  efforts to help him in his quest to find his birth mother …because of her love for him.
    Although all adoption records seemed to be lost to him, Adrian, with the help of his adoptive mother, found his birth mother, Janet.   Janet wrote a poem as she remembered "The first time I saw you through a window’ and telling him good-bye," she thought, forever.

  • Daria Caroline Murray
    Dustin and Joleen Murray of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 10:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.
    She weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She was named Daria Caroline.
    She has three brothers, 8-year-old Drake, 8-year-old Dagon and 6-year-old Jayce, and two sisters, 5-year-old Jalyn and 2-year-old Joselyn.
    Grandparents are Dennis and Kathy Hall, and Dave Murray, all of Vandalia, and Rita and Darrell McCammack of Brownstown.

  • Richards
    The 53rd annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 19, at Rogier Park pavilion, with 84 members and guests attending.
    The reunion included a basket dinner and visiting.
    A business meeting was called to order by President Bruce Richards. The 2009 minutes and financial reports were given by the secretary/treasurer, Jamie Elmore.

  • Four generations of the Yordy family are pictured here. From left to right are: Matthew Dooly of rural Smithboro, father; Peggy Yordy, of Eureka, great-grandmother, holding Grace Abigail Dooly, 2 months old; and Linda Dooly of rural Mulberry Grove, grandmother.

  • Ross and Carolyn Kershaw of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday, Nov. 1, with a family celebration hosted by their daughter.
    Ross and the former Carolyn Probst were married on Nov. 1, 1960, in Vandalia. Their attendants were Gracie Carmen and Frank Revisky.
    Carolyn is the daughter of the late Irvin and Marian Probst. She is a retired homemaker. Ross is the son of the late Cecil W. and Helen Kershaw. He is retired from Ameren.

  • Charles and Marilyn Francis of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Thursday.
    Charles and the former Marilyn Noffsinger were married on Oct. 28, 1950, by the late Rev. J.H. Reeter.
    Marilyn is the daughter of the late Samuel and Dora Noffsinger. Charles is the son of the late Adolph and Rachel Francis.
    Charles and Marilyn were owner/operators of Charles Carpet and Upholstery for several years, and Charles helped organize and was active in the Okaw Saddle Club, where he showed quarter horses.