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Today's Features

  • By Joyce Mueller

  • One day, a 2-year-old boy was just hanging out and having fun at home. Mom and Dad were busy in other places in the house.
    Two-year-old Eli found his favorite crayons and got busy on his latest masterpiece. He colored and drew, and then  stepped back and looked. I can visualize his satisfaction as he   admired his picture – drawn on the wall, neatly arranged and boldly displayed.
    Admiration turned to distress in a heartbeat as Dad entered the room. Eli’s picture was noted, and punishment was delivered.  

  • First impression from outside  – Young people of various sizes and ages happily entering the door of a downtown building in which several young people seem to be laughing and having fun, with several adults present.
    Impression on entering – The room is well-illuminated, cheerful, colorful, clean and lively with young people playing assorted games, talking, stirring up cookie dough. Some are interacting with several adults, who obviously are enjoying the children enjoying just being children.
    What, Where, Who, When and How?

  • By Panzi Blackwell

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    By Belinda Harpster

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    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Jackson Reunion
    The Jackson family reunion will be held this Sunday in the campground area at Vandalia Lake. A basket dinner will be held at noon.

    Ledbetter Reunion
    The second annual Floyd and Opal Ledbetter reunion will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the St. Elmo City Park in the brown building.
    For more information, call 217-343-6865 or 829-5501.

    Lilly-Wright Reunion

  • Clayton and Maralia Faulkner of Herrick will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 18, with dinner and cake from noon-5 p.m. at the home of Sheila and Kevin Cutler in Lakewood.
    Clayton and the former Maralia Fouts were married on Sept. 18, 1960, at Union Christian Church of Ramsey.
    They are the parents of three children: Clayton Jr. of Herrick, Pam and her husband Ron Baker of Neoga, and Sheila and her husband Kevin Cutler of Lakewood.
    They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  • Ruth Halbrook
    Ruth Halbrook of Hillsboro will celebrate her 95th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    Her children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. They may be sent to her at: c/o Nancy Jo Halbrook, P.O. Box 164, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

    Winona Childress
    Winona Childress of Brownstown will celebrate her 85th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Golden Years Club in Brownstown, hosted by her family.
     

  • Bode Courtney Scott and Sheryl Gaynelle Chewning were united in marriage on July 24, 2010, at Hollywood Church of the Brethren in Fredericksburg, Va., with The Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett and the Rev. Rick Ritchie officiating the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Frank and Evelyn Jett of Fredericksburg, Va. She received a doctorate in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia and works as a physical therapist in Stafford County Schools.