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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The Satterthwaite family bought the Shafter Store in 1945, and last week, Don, Harry, and John Satterthwaite shared some of their memories about the store.
    This week, the saga continues as they reminisce, and move on to the eventual demise of the store, but not of their memories.
    Satterthwaites’ Shafter Childhood

  • Brownstown First Christian Church will host a “Shine for Jesus” car show this Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers’ Road Angel Center, located three miles west of Brownstown at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70.

    All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are welcome to enter. Registration, which opens at 8 a.m., is $5. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and trophies will be awarded.

    The Jeff Higginson Band from Inner City Mission in Springfield will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • By Pat Rhodes

    Monday was one of the most pleasant days we have had in several weeks. The high temperature for the day was only 86 degrees, a cold wave compared to what we have had here lately.
    Evergreen Outreach has been meeting at Fayette County Long Term Care this summer, and will continue to do so for the rest of this month while renovations to First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall are completed.

  • Though John Glennon classifies himself as a “second-career guy” when it comes to his calling as a minister, his enthusiasm for his work is second-to-none.
    The new minister at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia has indeed taken a circuitous route to his work in the ministry – earning a mortuary science degree and then working as a manufacturing engineer before feeling the call to the ministry.
    But it wasn’t a smooth ride.

  • By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown