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Today's Features

  • Sarah Hutchison and TK Kinkead were married in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on May 31, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dan Laack and Denny Hutchison officiating.

  • Adrian Kenneth Towler
    Chad and Ashley Towler of rural Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:38 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Betty Snyder
    A card shower has been requested for Betty Snyder of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 90th birthday this Saturday.

    She was born on Aug. 16, 1924, in Fayette County. She married Ivan “Jim” Snyder; he is now deceased.
    She is the mother of Bonnie Hall and Doris Kelly of Pana; Leroy Snyder, Shirley Ray and Lary Snyder of Vandalia; and Carolyn Burrus of Bingham. A son, Kenneth Snyder, is deceased.
    Cards may be sent to: 1607 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Chasity Nicole Beck and Jedidiah James Carter, both of Ramsey, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., rented a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Friday through Sunday.
    On Saturday, they visited Dollywood. On Sunday, they went into Gatlinburg and visited Ripley’s Aquarium.
    Sunday evening, they attended the Dixie Stampede show, and later visited with performer Dusti Crain, a native of this area. They all returned home on Monday.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 174.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met on Monday, July 28, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia.
    The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.   
    Secretary Joyce Mueller read the minutes and took the roll call, with nine members responding: Present were: Sefton Unit-Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing and Panzi Blackwell; St. Elmo-Anna Jean Rhodes; Vandalia Day-Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller and Debbie Segrest: and Wheatland-Karen Hyde.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 13
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Educational special August activity, 11 a.m., Brownstown Hitchin’ Post.
    Thursday, August 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, August 15

  • Critter Corner
    The recent 4-plus inches of rain this week are keeping the Longhorn cowgirls’ pasture nicely lush and green, and they are happily grazing, relaxing in the sun when it is shining and chewing their cud – the picture of contentment.
    Sometimes they will bellow in romantic-like tones to the bull in neighbor Scott’s pasture across the lane, but then they seem content to return to grazing or just relaxing when there is no response, so there is no problem on either side of the lane.

  • Center Pointe Church to hold flea market

    Center Pointe Church will sponsor an outdoor flea market this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the church building (the former Rural King store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia).
    There is a small fee for those wanting to set up a booth.
    All proceeds from the sale will be used either for remodeling the building or for youth activities.
    For more information, call Allan at 423-2815 after 6 p.m.

    Steve Ladd at Liberty Christian Aug. 16

  • By Charlene M.  Jett
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! This is what our leader, Beulah Brown, deals with best! Her kindness and patience show through adversity (such as, when people don't show up).