Today's Features

  • Miles Filer of Vandalia recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and among the birthday cards he received was one from President Barack Obama.

  • Andrew Scott Reynolds
    Scott and Shelly Reynolds of Hudson are the parents of a boy born at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Bromenn Hospital in Bloomington.
    He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19¼ inches long. He was named Andrew Scott.
    Grandparents are Russ and Bev Schwarm of Loogootee and Paul and Beth Reynolds of St. Peter.
    Great-grandparents are Madonna Schwarm of Loogootee and Ray and Ruth Reed of St. Peter.

  • Paige Miller and Jeff Garrison, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Barry and Kelly Miller of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of Kenny and Marsha Garrison of Brownstown.
    The couple are planning a 3:30 p.m. wedding on Saturday, June 11, at Liberty Christian Church in Brownstown. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • Carol Reuscher of Vandalia and Kyle McCollum of Charleston have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • VBS registration begins in Brownstown
    Brownstown First Christian Church will host a Vacation Bible School Registration Carnival Kick-Off on Sunday, June 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Brownstown Park.
    There will be games, prizes, food, big blow-up toys and more. Kids, age 2 through eighth grade, are welcome to participate and to register for a whole week of Vacation Bible School.
    The theme for this year's week will be: “Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street; Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day.”

  • By Pat Rhodes
    We were excited to see the sun shining on Monday as we arrived at the First United Methodist Church for Evergreen Outreach. The warmth from the sun was delightful, despite the cool breeze. We have experienced such a variety of temperature highs and lows here lately. You know what they say about Illinois, “If you don’t like the weather today, stick around, it will change tomorrow.”

  • Carl Burval, executive director of the Association of Christian Truckers, will oversee a Trucker Jamboree this Thursday through Sunday at the Road Angel Center at the Brownstown interchange of Interstate 70.

  • Floods are definitely on our minds these days. The town branch has swollen to very high levels. The Mississippi is near record levels. There are plenty of news reports of people losing their homes and property, and many fields and farms are under water waiting for drier days.

  • Two ambassadors of good will and warm, fuzzy feelings are on duty four to five days a week at Friendship Manor Nursing Home in St. Elmo.

  • A Homestead Mother’s Day – Great!
    Mother’s Day began early when Bill brought in a bouquet of beautiful pink roses and a pretty sentimental card…plus a package of cream horn pastries!