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Today's Features

  • Megan Herbord of Ramsey and Kirk Weddle of Pana have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
    The future groom is the son of Aurelia and the late Todd Weddle of Pana. He is a 2006 graduate of Pana High School. He is currently employed as an emergency medical technician for Clinton Ambulance Service in Clinton.

  • Louis and Ulavon Haslett of Brownstown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    They have four children: Charlene and her husband Steve of Moweaqua, Larry and his wife Libby of Columbus, Ga., Gary of Gulf Port, Miss., and Brad and his wife Fan of Collierville, Tenn.
    They have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
    A wiener roast and hayride will be held the latter part of October at the home of Steve and Charlene Case in Moweaqua for those who can attend.

  • Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
    But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
    One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.

  • Lilly Caroline Burrow
    John and Dawn Burrow of Altamont are the parents of a girl born at 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19½ inches long. She was named Lilly Caroline.
    Grandparents are Brian and Sharon Bell-Carruthers, and Dan and Marilyn Burrow, all of Altamont.
    Great-grandparents are J.R. and Nancy Bell of St. Elmo, Dorothy Burrow and the late Norman Burrow of Altamont, and J. Marshall and Carla Mollet of Greenville.

  • Helen Theresa Kupferer
    Helen Theresa Kupferer of Vandalia will celebrate her 106th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    She is the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Gibbons Kupferer. She was born in St. Louis on the home site on Sept. 21, 1904. She married Leland Ray on July 10, 1931.
    Helen lives at home with daughter, Carole White. She also has one daughter, Donna and her husband Leland Fessler, who are deceased.
    She enjoys reading and holding her dog, Sam. She will spend her birthday with family and friends.

  • Garrison Reunion
    The Garrison family reunion was held Sunday, Aug. 8, at the St. Elmo City Park, with 33 present.
    Ervin Garrison gave the blessing before the noon meal.
    A short business meeting was held and the treasurer’s report was given.
    Marriage recorded: Sarah Garrison and Matt Gillman, November 2009. Birth: Ryan Gabriel Haslett on Feb. 22, 2010, to Chris and Bern Haslett.
    One death, that of Lois “Imogine” Garrison, on Jan. 5, 2010.

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia. Shown with Gottman is Mike Sahr, Fayette County Knights of Columbus MH chairman. On Friday and Saturday, the Knights will be accepting donations and handing out Tootsie Rolls to help raise funds for their efforts to assist mentally handicapped children of Vandalia and Fayette County.

  • Debbie Huber holds the 47-pound watermelon she grew on the Huber farm northwest of Vandalia. She also grew a watermelon weighing close to 30 pounds.

  • On Thursday, July 1, Joy Clymer, outgoing president of Soroptimist International Vandalia, called the first meeting of the club for the year 2010-11 to order, asking members to stand and repeat the pledge to the flag and Soroptimist Grace.