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Today's Features

  • Sharon Burnette and Bud Seigel, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

    The future bride is the mother of Thomas J. Bivens Jr. of Centralia, Nicole Bivens of Salem and Bobbie Ball of Centralia.
    The future groom is the father of Ashley Seigel of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a private wedding on Aug. 1 at their home, followed by a reception with family and friends at 5 p.m. at the Mad Dog Clubhouse in Vera.
     

  • First Christian Church in Vandalia sponsored the Central Illinois Mobile Food Bank on June 13, and is hoping others follow its lead.
    The Mobile Food Bank regularly holds several distributions in this area each year, but has been short on funds.
    First Christian Church is now challenging other area churches to show their support for this program by sponsoring food bank visits in the future.
    For more information, or to sponsor a food bank distribution, contact the Fayette County Farm Bureau, 283-3276.

  • By Charlene Jett
    This is a happiness message from Evergreen Outreach! In spite of all the goodness and effort going into today’s meeting, it was canceled – potentially too hot and humid! I think this may be a first, except for the year of the great drought.
    I miss my friends, the prayers and the music and I know you all will miss each other. Just repeat after me, “We’re here for fun right from the start, etc”.
    This good weather is the best time of year for our get-together and outings.

  • Dean Black is on a mission – getting the word out to Fayette County in-need families that the First United Methodist Church of Vandalia has a Back(Pack) 2 School program for children preK-12.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin spent Thursday through Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, they all traveled to Arthur to the Amish store, and then to Rockome Gardens, only to find it has been closed; however, they still managed to take Harper on a buggy ride.
    After shopping in Tuscola, they finished the evening by dining at Fujiama in Effingham.
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster on Friday were Amy Reiss, Rollie and Trieva Henson, Stacey and Seth Bergmann, and Liz Carson.
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  • Hi Ho!! Come to the Fair!
    The Fayette County Fair, that is. We (the human inhabitants of the Homestead, namely Bill and Panzi), visited the fairgrounds one evening and (yum!) ate a traditional Knights of Columbus fish sandwich, and they tasted as delicious as we remembered and had looked forward to, for a whole year … since last year’s Fayette County Fair.
    Brice Springman, following in his dad’s (Bill Springman) footsteps, was taking the food orders, assisted by his daughter, Brianna (also following in Grandpa Bill’s footsteps).

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 16
    • The 4-H general project judging is Thursday. Ramsey Seniors/Senoritas club has to check in at 8:30 a.m. and the judging starts at 9 a.m. Other club check-in times are: Vandalia Shamrocks and Golden Harvesters, 9:30 a.m.; South Side Kids, St. James Hornets and Caprine Kids, 9:45 a.m.; and Shafter Friends and Loudon Bunch, 10 a.m.

    The awards presentation will be at 6 p.m.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

  • Radical, amazing, spectacular, fantastic and life-changing are words that describe the kind of experience for which so many are looking. Everyone wants a momentary breakthrough and an explosive weekend extravaganza.

  • Remembering Cousin Dave
    We said farewell to cousin David Oldham in July of last year. He left us on his 61st birthday, a shock and sadness to all who knew him. His wife, Susan, held a memorial for him this week, which we were unable to attend.
    However, we want to share our memories of him with Susan, his family, neighbors and friends.
    Of late, we didn’t get to visit with Dave and Susan much, but when we stopped in at FS for something (where Dave worked), he would always come to the car, smiling and glad to see us.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    What a present we had today from Evergreen Outreach, a huge blessing named Harold Swofford. As our main entertainer, well more about him later!