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Today's Features

  • A petite, slender, young woman bearing No. 268 crossed the finish line in the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky., after swimming 2.4 miles, riding a bicycle 104 miles and then running 26.2 miles in only 12 hours and 21 minutes.
    She crossed the finish line with a big smile on her face, and said she enjoyed the experience throughout the three phases of the competition.  

  • Fall festival Oct. 24 at Liberty Christian

    Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will hold its annual fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the church pavilion.

    The event, planned by the youth team, will offer something for the entire family – a bonfire, hayrides, music and a devotion time.

    Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and buns for their family, soda and the ingredients for making s’mores.

    Hot chocolate, coffee and hot cider will be provided.

     

  • First photo: A large group of students met at Vandalia Community High School on Sept. 22, to participate in the national See You at the Pole day. VCHS counselor Luke Holt, right, is shown addressing the group. 

    Second photo: Students at Vandalia Junior High School also participated in the See You at the Pole activity before school on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The  student-led event included students as well as teachers. (Photo contributed)

  • By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma
     Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., Evergreen Outreach was held back at our “home” spot, the First United Methodist Church.  Our guests approved. Edith Simmons, from Brookstone, said, “It feels more like home,  and we have more space here.”

  • “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” wrote St. Jerome. He is important for his translation of the Judeo-Christian Bible into the common language of the Roman Empire. Jerome’s interpretation, called the Vulgate, is still used today.
    For centuries, translators and interpreters have labored diligently to put the Hebrew of the First Testament and the Greek of the Second Testament into words people can understand who do not read the ancient languages. Their interest was to bring Christ to people in their native tongue.

  • Looking For a Mouse…
    Usually, when one is looking for a mouse, it is with dire and formidable thoughts and an intent to remove said mouse from the premises, permanently. In fact, the word, “terminate” even comes to mind.
    Not so in this case. The particular “mouse” I am looking for seems to almost be extinct, worn out, gone bad, etc. It is the “mouse” with which to operate my computer.

  • Returns Home
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., returned home after spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. After seeing a Dr. in Effingham, and getting medication, she was feeling much better when she left.
    Death
    Leone Bartimus of St. Peter died last Wednesday.
    The funeral was held on Saturday, with burial in Springhill Cemetery, rural Beecher City. Area survivors are daughter and son-in-law Liz and Jim Carson of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

     

  • To paraphrase a familiar old nursery rhyme, “How does the Little Community Garden grow?
    “With work and toil, to prepare the soil,
    By Master Gardeners and volunteers,
    Working side by side through the years.
    Tilling, planting and weeding many hours,
    To provide the community with food and flowers.
    The Little Community Garden, tended with love,
    And blessed by the rains and sun, from Heaven above.”

    The Vision Planted