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Today's Features

  • Richard Williams of Farina will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Farina American Legion Community Center.
    He was born on Aug. 15, 1920, in rural Kinmundy, the son of the late James E. and Cora Vallow Williams. He is a retired farmer. He and his wife Ruth recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

  • Ferne Keppler Dean of Quincy, formerly of Vandalia, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
    Cards or just a note may be sent to her at: 2834 Bluff Ridge Drive, Quincy, Ill. 62305-1388.

  • Sefton
    The 6th annual Southern Illinois Sefton reunion will be held in the Liberty Christian Church fellowship hall in Brownstown on Saturday, with a noon potluck dinner. Tableware and beverages will be provided.
    Liberty Church is located five miles north of Brownstown.

    Owen-Miller
    The Owen-Miller family reunion will be held on Sunday, at the Good Old Days Banquet Hall in Brownstown, with a potluck meal at noon.
    All family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Kristie Frey and Thomas “TJ” Hebenstreit, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Wayne “Wiener” Frey of Highland. She is a 2006 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Lake Land College in Mattoon for early childhood education. She is currently employed as a cashier at Rural King in Vandalia.

  • When 99-year-old Helen Tompkins consented to an interview, she said she could not do it on a Tuesday, because that's when she always goes to a nursing home to sing for the residents.
    Within a few minutes of meeting her, this amazing lady’s statement seemed not only a possibility, but a not-surprising probability.
    She easily recalls dates, events, and people of long ago, looking to her daughter-in-law, Georgianne Tompkins, only rarely to offer a comment, to clarify or add information to a statement.

  • Danielle Kellow of Vandalia and Cory Willms of Brownstown have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Danny and Tami Kellow of Vandalia. She is a 1998 graduate of Vandalia Community High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a bachelor's degree.
    The future groom is the son of John and Kathy Willms of Brownstown. He is a 2001 graduate of Brownstown High School. He is currently employed at Mason Masonry in Brownstown.

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  • For the past 75 days, Lucas Van Engen has seen America like few people ever will – from the seat of a garden tractor.
    Beginning on May 15 in Santa Monica, Calif., Van Engen has traversed nearly two-thirds the width of the continent – more than 2,000 miles so far – on a Sears Craftsman garden tractor. Powered by a 26-horsepower Kohler engine, the GT 5000 series tractor has held up just fine; perhaps better than Van Engen.