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Today's Features

  • The Rev. Norris Price

    First Baptist Church of Ramsey-Retired

  • By Mary Woolsey
    What a beautiful day it was on Monday! The temperature was above average, and God had created beauty all around us. A wonderful time of year.
    Sandy Dothager was at the piano, playing toe-tapping music when I arrived. She played all over the keys...an amazing natural talent.
    Delicious cookies were made by Robin Kistler and Bobbie Vaughn. Drinks were served, along with the cookies, by the faithful volunteers.

  • Jackson Reunion
    The Jackson family reunion was held on Sunday, Sept. 12, with a noon picnic dinner at the Vandalia Lake pavilion.
    Those present were: Jeanene Lener of Plainfield; James Jackson and Dixie White, St. Elmo; Ricky and Syliva Pruett, and Ricky Hipsher and Aiden Lash, Brownstown; Marvin and Jean Torbeck, Odin; and Reahert and Alva Elder, Mike, Lisa and Aiden Elder, Carmen Elder and Halie, Ashley and Alisha Lape and Ayla Evans, Elbert D. Jackson, Betty Berry, and Lucy and Andy Marclini, all of Vandalia.

  • Karen Morrison and Joshua Plum have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Iris Morrison and the late Cliff Morrison of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Gary and Diane Plum of Vandalia and Barbara Plum of Vero Beach, Fla.
    The couple are planning a Sept. 25 wedding in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Staci Otto of Ramsey and Brent Berkheimer of Trilla were united in marriage at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, on the beach in Mexico Beach, Fla., in a double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Leon and Cathy Otto of Ramsey.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2007 graduate of Lake Land College with an associate's degree in science. She is currently employed by K.C. Summers in Mattoon.
    The groom is the son of Tim and Deb Berkheimer of Trilla.

  • Becky Jezek and Andy Goldsboro, both of Patoka, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Bret and Trish Jezek of Salem. She is a 2005 graduate of South Central High School and a 2010 graduate of Kaskaskia College of Centralia with an associate's degree in respiratory therapy. She is currently employed as a respiratory therapist at Salem Township Hospital and at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

  • Sheri George of Centralia and Mark Miles of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Jeri George of Centralia.
    The future groom is the son of Alice and the late Robert Miles of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a 3 p.m. outdoor wedding on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Vandalia Shrine Club, with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. at the same location.

  • Megan Herbord of Ramsey and Kirk Weddle of Pana have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
    The future groom is the son of Aurelia and the late Todd Weddle of Pana. He is a 2006 graduate of Pana High School. He is currently employed as an emergency medical technician for Clinton Ambulance Service in Clinton.

  • Louis and Ulavon Haslett of Brownstown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    They have four children: Charlene and her husband Steve of Moweaqua, Larry and his wife Libby of Columbus, Ga., Gary of Gulf Port, Miss., and Brad and his wife Fan of Collierville, Tenn.
    They have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
    A wiener roast and hayride will be held the latter part of October at the home of Steve and Charlene Case in Moweaqua for those who can attend.

  • Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
    But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
    One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.