Today's Features

  • Matthew and Jamie Smith of Brownstown are the parents of a boy born at 3:21 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Amanda Baumann and Christopher Durbin have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Cassie Easton and Jeff Huffman have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is a graduate of Patoka High School and Kaskaskia College with an associate's degree and cosmetology license. She is currently employed at Attitudes Hair Salon in Carlyle.
    The future groom is a graduate of Patoka High School and is currently employed at Foltz Welding in Patoka.
    The couple are planning a Saturday, Oct. 22, wedding at the Huffman residence.

  • Bethany Kramer and Blake Lane were united in marriage on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, with the Rev. Robert Zwilling officiating.

  • Nicole Opfer and Blake Doehring were united in marriage on July 30, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.

  • Rev. John O’Dell is observing his 50th year in the ministry next month.
    The two church families he pastors, Haley Chapel United Methodist and Mt. Carmel United Methodist, have survived through the generations, and have grown or sometimes diminished in number over the years, but the church doors are still open and life pulsing within to worship and serve the Lord.

  • First of All
    A Correction…to the
    Brownstown and St. Elmo Flu Clinic-Schedule
    The Fayette County Health Department flu clinic will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 1-3 p.m. at Golden Years Club building, and at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo from 9-11 a.m. not Wednesday, Oct. 12, as printed on public flu clinic schedule.
    Little “FogHorn Leghorn” Rooster Is Back…
    The good news is…“Foggy,” the neighbor’s little rooster, is back along the lane after his mysterious disappearance for two days.

  • Attend Visitation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the visitation of Lorraine Siemer (grandmother of Amy Reiss) at Effingham last Thursday evening.

    Thursday, Sept. 29
    • Exxon/Mobil annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Vandalia Community High School senior Christian Schroeder was the emcee of the annual See You At The Pole observance at the school on Wednesday morning.

    The event is part of a national program in which students and community members meet at their school's flagpole to sing songs and pray. About 50 people participated at VCHS.