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Today's Features

  • About five years ago, the Rev. John McIntosh, former pastor of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, expressed his dream for a fellowship group for guitarists.
    The late Vera Durbin encouraged this idea and was one of the founding members. The fellowship grew into the group known as “Guitars for God.” The group is active playing and singing for  local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By request, they have also taken their music to such public functions as local parades and celebrations.

  • 'One Month To Live' series at Northside

     

    What would you do if you discovered that you had one month to live? What would you do to make each day count? How would you relate differently with those you love?

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia will allow participants to ask those questions as they participate in a 30-day challenge presented by Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of the book, "One Month To Live."

  • By Edith Elliott
    Each time I write for Evergreen Outreach, I think, "This is the best one ever.”
    Truth is, they are all good. And often, when our well-laid plans go awry, others are willing to step in and take over. It has to be a “God thing." He allows the “show to go on,” and many hearts are warmed.

  • "Follow me" is the motto of the U.S. Army infantry!
    I spent a major part of my military career at Ft. Benning, Ga., which is the home of the U.S. Army Infantry Training Center.
    In front of the headquarters building stands a statue of a soldier that depicts a young lieutenant from the Korean War.  He is shown as he jumped from a trench to lead soldiers on an assault of the enemy, raising his hand and shouting, “Follow me!”

  • Local author Amanda Springer, right, last week donated three of her books to Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Accepting the books was Evans' Librarian Jessica Blain. Books donated by Springer are "Investigating the Paranormal," "Midnight Poems" and "The Military Support Group," the latter of which Springer wrote to help families prepare for military deployment.

  • Randi Evans, the daughter of Ronnie Evans of Vandalia and Tracy Evans of St. Elmo, will compete in the 2010 Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageants on Sept. 5-6 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Vandalia Community High School, was the 2009 Junior Miss Fayette County.

  • Cole Reunion
    Families of the late Easton and Alice Cole and Gabe and June Cole will hold a potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Bingham Town House.  For more information, call 267-0796.

    Kleinik Reunion
    The Kleinik reunion will be held Sunday at Patriots' Park in Greenville. The meal is at noon. Those attending are to take a covered dish and lawn chairs.

    Dothager Reunion

  • Grace Abigail Dooly
    Matthew and Brittany Dooly of Smithboro are the parents of girl born at 10:46 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Grace Abigail.
    Grandparents are Jane and Terry Hiller of Hillsboro, and Thomas and Linda Dooly of rural Mulberry Grove.
    Great-grandparents are Russell and Audrey Hiller of Hillsboro,  and Marvin and Peggy Yordy of Eureka.

    Jayten Lee Hunt

  • Sara Frailey and Justin Stanek, both of Normal, were united in marriage on Friday, June 25, at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw, with the Rev. Jennie Edwards-Bertrand officiating the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Richard and Debby Frailey of Altamont, formerly of Vandalia.
    The bride chose her sister, Emily Hummel of Chatham, as the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jill Peyton of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Zoe Taylor of Boston, Mass.