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Today's Features

  • Michalea Bland of Pana and Ryan Nichols of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rod and Karla Bland of Pana. Grandparents are Clarence and Ida Bland, and Delbert and Carleen Pickett, all of Pana.
    She is a 2009 graduate of Pana Christian Academy and currently attends Lake Land Community College of Mattoon.
    She is currently employed at Candy’s Flowers & Gifts in Pana.

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    The Vacation Bible School of the First Baptist Church of Vandalia is visiting Saddle Ridge Ranch every Sunday evening (from 6 to 8:30 p.m.) in August.
    Eighty-one  “buckaroos” (children and adults alike) are learning the “Code of the West” (and east, south and north) through every Christian cowboy and cowgirl’s handbook, the Bible.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    We are in the summer interlude, which includes county and state fairs; produce featuring perfectly ripened tomatoes and Southern Illinois peaches; and children thinking about returning to school.
    Many at EO are privileged to participate in our weekly afternoon programs, now temporarily meeting at Fayette County Hospital’s Long Term Care area.

  • By Rev. Todd Korasick, Metro Community Church

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants held their monthly meeting and luncheon on Thursday, July 29 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 24 members and four guests attending.
    Those guests were Jane Hammond, and Kenneth and Angela Hagen and their granddaughter, Ashley Hymes.
    Following the pledge of allegiance, Brock Fisher asked the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting with the welcome.
    Secretary and treasurer reports for June were read and approved. Birthdays for July were read. 

  • Thursday, Aug. 12 – Fried chicken, roasted rosemary potatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges and whole grain roll.
    Friday, Aug. 13 – Chicken salad on bun, tomato medley, kidney bean salad and peaches.
    Monday, Aug. 16 – Grilled chicken breast, scalloped potatoes, peas & carrots, cinnamon applesauce, oatmeal cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Aug. 17 – Hamburger on bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, potato salad and watermelon.

  • Craig Jay and Tiffany Heard of Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 4:58 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Brody Edward Jay.
    He has two sisters, 12-year-old Destiny Hans and 5-year-old Darci Jay, and one brother, 10-year-old Chandler Hans.
    Grandparents are Terry and Gay Heard of Smithboro; and Patricia Jay, and Floyd and Nancy Jay, all of Vandalia.