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Today's Features

  • Kenny and Beverly Walton of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 16.
    The couple were married on July 16, 1960.
    They have two children, Kim and her husband Kent Dunaway; and Teresa and her husband Mark Tottleben.
    They have three grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband John Johnson, Kenny Dunaway, and Karlee and her husband Tyler Kruenegel.
    They have two great-grandchildren, John James Johnson and Arian Dunaway.
    They celebrated with a party on July 17 with family and friends.

  • Ronnie and Janet McDowell of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 30, 2010.
    The couple were married on July 30, 1960, at Woburn Baptist Church by the late Rev. Dale Bennett, uncle of the groom. Their attendants were the late Joe and Sue Kistler.
    Janet is the daughter of the late Donald and Beatrice Hunter Cooper.
    Ronnie is the son of the late Glenn “Pat” McDowell and Julia Bennett McDowell.

  • “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Don Etcheson probably has more memories of the old Shafter Store, which was located on Ill. Route 185, than most people do.
    This is not surprising, as he grew up there in the days when Shafter was rather a hub of business and activities.

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes
    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday July 28
    • Royal Neighbors of America #4784 will meet at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Building.
    Thursday, July 29
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, July 30
    •  Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church.
    Saturday, July 31
    • Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, on Third Street, in the block just west of the grade school.

  • Darrin Lurkins is showing his family’s Polled Hereford cattle at the Fayette County Fair.  He seemed especially proud of “Eclipse,” a heifer that was born in September.

    Raising Hereford cattle is the Lurkins family’s business.

    “We raise seed stock, and sell bulls and heifers to 4-H kids, and try to help people out as much as we can,” he said.

    Lurkins, a 4-H Club “veteran,” is an avid supporter of the organization.

  • Ethel Augenstein’s name has been almost synonymous with good food during her 95 1/2 years.

    Although she held down other jobs in her earlier years, she found her way to various restaurants, schools and church kitchens in the area, and there she remained, assuring anyone who partook of her cooking good food.

    Ethel, however, did get out of the kitchen(s) long enough to live an interesting and active life, a fulfilling life as a wife and mother, and a useful life to her community, organizations, and her church…and still is. 

  • Though he came from very humble beginnings, the Rev. Norris Price has fashioned a life that is rich in all the important ways.

    At the age of 77, he is still vital, healthy and involved. And he maintains an intellectual curiosity that keeps life interesting.

    “I grew up in the country southwest of Ramsey,” Price said. “I suppose we were considered poor. There wasn’t much cash, but we never went hungry. And we had a lot of fun.”

    From an early age, he demonstrated a thirst for knowledge and a fascination with people.

  • Many words could describe Eleanore McNutt – upbeat, optimistic, energetic, creative, fun-loving, caring, modest, cooperative and willing to work. The list of good qualities could go on.

    Among her most notable qualities are her compassion and compatibility for elderly adults and for those special people who need a special person to understand them.

  • Haldon Warner became a member of the family at First National Bank of Vandalia in 1963, working in the bookkeeping department.

    “Back then,” he said, “they wanted you to start by learning every department and work your way up.”

    That seems like a good plan, because young Haldon Warner did, indeed, work his way up. He is now senior vice president and chief lending officer, positions from which he is retiring. He wears other hats, including serving as the compliance officer.

  • Seventy years ago, a young girl saw a photo in a local newspaper of a young boy, a member of the Vandalia High School FFA chapter … and fell in love with him.

    She didn’t know who he was, but she cut the picture out of the paper, and showed it to friends and family as the guy she was going to marry.

    Meet Dwight and Darlene Denning as they share their unique and lasting love story. As they celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary, Darlene still has that same 70-year-old newspaper clipping in her purse.

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