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Today's Features

  • Vandalia Main Street held its Spooktacular Saturday on Saturday in downtown available. In the first photo, Linda Kelly of the Evans Public Library staff, right, reads Halloween stories to a group of children. In the second photo, JoAnna Helm, owner of Word, Wicks and Wood, hands out candy to some of the children trick-or-treating at downtown businesses.

  • Betty Miller recently presented the Friends of the Brownstown Branch Library with a photo album that holds a part of Brownstown’s history, a part of her late husband’s legacy.
    It is inscribed: “Presented to the Brownstown Branch Library, Aug. 24, 2010; Celebraton Memorial of the 125th Anniversary of Brownstown, June 24-25, 1995, Brownstown, Illinois,”  presented by the family of Mayor Jesse Miller, Betty, Julia and Ted.”

  • It would be a thrill for anyone to meet and talk with his or her hero or favorite television/movie personality … and that is exactly what the young Kirk brothers, Austin and Richard got to do recently. The visit came about thanks to their grandmother, Jodie Carnes Weaver, and some compassionate, understanding and professional people.
    They not only met “Shrek,” the big green ogre, but they lunched with him in his dressing room.

  • 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.