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Today's Features

  • By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • The saga of Shafter Store continues. It served as the hub of the small rural community and supported two large, growing families (the Etchesons and Satterthwaites) during the Great Depression years and later, when there were many shortages during World War II.
    The store supplied customers with virtually every need it was possible to fill for everyday living, including providing them with egg and chicken money.

  • Alan and Teresa Edwards of Salem are the parents of a boy born at 2:06 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Joseph Alan.
    He has one sister, 2-year-old Zoey Cameron.
    Grandparents are Bill and Cheryl Edwards of Patoka, and the late Nila Cameron.
    Great-grandparents are Danny and Barbra Oberlink of Vandalia and Bill and the late Wilma Edwards of Patoka.

  • A card shower has been requested for Loretta Seely of Brownstown, who will be celebrating her 85th birthday on Tuesday. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 142 Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Micah Jahraus and Klayton Brasel of Vandalia were united in marriage on May 27, 2010, in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort.
    The bride is the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Jahraus of Vandalia.
    The couple was married in a beautiful wedding gazebo over-looking the Caribbean Sea. The white guests chairs were adorned with purple sashes and tropical flowers hung throughout.
    The bride’s father, Larry Jahraus, walked her down the beach and over the bridge leading to the gazebo.

  •  The 18th Woolsey reunion was held on Saturday, Aug. 7, with 120 family members and guests present.
    There were two deaths, 10 births and five marriages reported.
    Family members present were from Louisiana, California, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
    Those from in Illinois were from Chebanse, Salem, Litchfield, Mulberry Grove, Fillmore, Effingham, Momence, Urbana, Patoka, Kankakee, Mt. Vernon, Greenville and Vandalia.
    The next reunion will be the first Saturday in August 2012.

  • John and Michelle Stewart of St. Elmo are the parents of a boy born 10:33 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Caden Anthony.
    Grandparents are Kay Turck of Brownstown, and Kenny and Marsha Smith of Beecher City.
    Great-grandparent is the late Marjory Stewart.