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Today's Features

  • Parking is hardly ever convenient, and, in most cases, turns out to be a discouraging part of the driving experience. It seems to me that much of the problem is related to our obsession with comfort. We would like to park as close as possible to our destination, and so we invent ingenious ways of achieving that goal. In this respect, I’m just an average American driver.  

  • Two mail carriers at the Vandalia Post Office recently retired. Rick Davino, left, and Mike Hagy, right, have each completed 38 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • A card shower has been requested for Margaret Durbin, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on Monday, Jan. 31.
    Durbin is currently in Florida, spending the winter with family and friends.
    Cards may be sent to: Ramada Maingate West, Room 1133, 7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Fla. 34747.

  • Jennifer Behrends and Timothy Andel, both of Arlington Heights, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Carole Behrends of Arlington Heights.
    Grandparents are Martin and the late Norma Behrends of Brownstown, and the late Edna and Lloyd Lindquist of Arlington Heights.
    She received her undergraduate English degree in 2008 from University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently employed by The Westin Hotel in Wheeling as the catering coordinator.

  • “Larry’s Country Diner” is a popular television show on the cable network RFD, located in Nashville, Tenn. Fred and Connie Bingaman of Brownstown met the people of the show while on vacation in Branson, Mo., where the show was in production.
    The set of Larry’s Country Diner is, as the title indicates, a country diner with checkered tablecloths, matching curtains, and tables and chairs where the audience sits and is actually served food during the show.

  • Edwin Adermann
    Edwin Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1921. He and his wife, Margaret, are the former owners/operators of Higgins Cleaners.
    They are the parents of three children: Genny Matzker, Merle Adermann and Nori Pruitt, all of Vandalia.
    He has six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild, and one granddaughter and one step-grandson deceased.

  • Brande L. Dunn of Vandalia was among the 16 students in Lewis and Clark Community College's Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Program who were pinned as they graduated to become registered nurses.
    Dunn is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, and completed prerequisite and licensed practical nurse courses through Kaskaskia College at both the Vandalia Campus and the main campus. She had been working as an LPN since 2006.
    She and her husband, Michael, have two sons: Joseph and Alexander.