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Today's Features

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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.

  • The Rev. and Mrs. Eugene Black of Mattoon, and formerly of St. Elmo, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 9.
    A family celebration is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 12.
    Their children and grandchildren are holding a card shower for them in celebration of the anniversary, as well as a celebration of 64 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church.
    Rev. and Mrs. Black were married on Sept. 9, 1945, in Vernon by the Rev. John Curtis.

  • New FUMC service starts next Thursday

    The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 16.

    Targeted for young adults from 18-35 years old (though certainly not limited to those ages), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.

  • The service of ordination and installation for the Rev. David Hoehler as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Shobonier, was held Aug. 22 at 3 p.m.
    The rite of ordination and installation was performed by the Rev. David Bueltmann, president of the Central Illinois District, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
    Serving as preacher was Dr. Robert Weise, professor at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Serving as liturgist was the Rev. Doug Meyer, Salem Lutheran Church, Salem.

  • By the Rev. Joseph Havrilka

    Mother of Dolors Catholic Church