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Today's Features

  • Steve Ladd, a well-known, award-winning recording gospel singer, traveled from Tennesee to hold a concert at the Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown on Sunday evening, Aug. 24.
    Ladd sang and spoke to an appreciative audience of all ages. His 11-year-old son, Hayyden, accompanied him and operated the sound. Hayden also sings with his father sometimes.
    The Rev. Jim Dann, pastor of Liberty Christian Church, welcomed those present, many of whom traveled from other towns for the concert.

  • All around us, we witness a world that is filled with hate. We see it in racism, ISIS, political parties and rioting, as well as among other disorderly events.

  • LaVelle Henry
    A card shower has been requested for LaVelle Henry, a former resident of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 99th birthday this Friday.
    While she was a resident of Vandalia, she and her husband, Lee, were members of First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    For those wishing to send cards, her address is: Parkway Manor, Room 319, 3113 Williamson County Parkway, Marion, Ill. 62959.

    Mardell Carpenter

  • Jade Lynn Ledbetter and Charles Braiden Pryor have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Rose Freeman and Adam Mellen have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday as Lions Candy Day in Vandalia.

    With Gottman is John Dotray, the current president of the Vandalia Lions Club. This Friday, Lions members will be accepting donations that will be used to support the Lions' sight and hearing programs.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Grady LeMar Marchman of St. Elmo will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary next Wednesday.

  • William Scott Maher
    Megan and Greg Maher of O’Fallon are the parents of a boy born at 10:09 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Mardell Carpenter
    An open house to honor Mardell Carpenter of Vandalia for her 75th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, in the First Pentecostal Church Educational Building, 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.
    For those unable to attend, cards may be sent to: 113 Woodland Hills Court, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner, and Fayette County’s nominee this year is Brian Willenborg.