Today's Features

  • Four generations of the Emerick family are shown here. From left to right are Gabe Emerick, father, holding Preston and Ryker Emerick; Larry Emerick, grandfather; and Frank Emerick, great-grandfather.

  • Ronald and Mary Lou Price of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at First Baptist Church of Vandalia, followed with a dinner hosted by their children.
    Ronald and the former Mary Lou Dean were married on Nov. 4, 1960, in Quincy.
    They have three children: April Homes, Angela Graves and Brian Price.
    They have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Vandalia Main Street held its Spooktacular Saturday on Saturday in downtown available. In the first photo, Linda Kelly of the Evans Public Library staff, right, reads Halloween stories to a group of children. In the second photo, JoAnna Helm, owner of Word, Wicks and Wood, hands out candy to some of the children trick-or-treating at downtown businesses.

  • Betty Miller recently presented the Friends of the Brownstown Branch Library with a photo album that holds a part of Brownstown’s history, a part of her late husband’s legacy.
    It is inscribed: “Presented to the Brownstown Branch Library, Aug. 24, 2010; Celebraton Memorial of the 125th Anniversary of Brownstown, June 24-25, 1995, Brownstown, Illinois,”  presented by the family of Mayor Jesse Miller, Betty, Julia and Ted.”

  • It would be a thrill for anyone to meet and talk with his or her hero or favorite television/movie personality … and that is exactly what the young Kirk brothers, Austin and Richard got to do recently. The visit came about thanks to their grandmother, Jodie Carnes Weaver, and some compassionate, understanding and professional people.
    They not only met “Shrek,” the big green ogre, but they lunched with him in his dressing room.

  • By Belinda Harpster

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • By Panzi Blackwell

  • Last week-Adrian Curley’s story began with his birth mother, Janet, giving him up for adoption…because of her love for him,  And of his adoptive mother’s (Orla Jo)  efforts to help him in his quest to find his birth mother …because of her love for him.
    Although all adoption records seemed to be lost to him, Adrian, with the help of his adoptive mother, found his birth mother, Janet.   Janet wrote a poem as she remembered "The first time I saw you through a window’ and telling him good-bye," she thought, forever.