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Today's Features

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    A truly wonderful day for Evergreen Outreach. The presence of the Lord was with us, as many of our FAYCO friends arrived.   We shared refreshments and cookies, and caught up on what happened after the extra-long cold winter interfered with our good times. Ugh!
    We opened the program by singing “Happy Birthday” to Mary Woolsey, Beulah Brown, Tanya Robinson and Randy Schukar.

  • Three years ago, I wrote in the Minister’s Forum that Temple Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Vandalia had entered into a discussion about the possibility of merging into one new church.

  • During a presentation by Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz at last week's Fayette County Genealogical and HIstorical Society meeting, those present tried to figure out what, if anything, as at Eighth Street and VanTran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) before Henry's.

    Society member Jerry Jones answered the question within a couple of days by providing an old aerial photograph of the area.

  • Monday afternoon, there was considerable traffic through Vandalia, even after more than 10 inches of snow fell late Sunday and early Monday. The fact that there was less traffic than normal was mostly due to the fact that Presidents' Day was being observed.
    Those who wanted to get around Vandalia could do so because the city of Vandalia's public works crew were on the job on their day off.

  • ‘Sneaky Pete,’ the Wily
    Wolf …
    …the Homestead wild critter, is back in the neighborhood! After several months of us being concerned that something had happened to him, Sneaky Pete was seen visiting in our across-the-road neighbors’ back yard.
    Neighbor Debbie Ward called to say she saw him in their backyard sniffing around and then seemed to be chewing on something. She said that she was so stunned at seeing him, that she didn’t think to take a picture.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Owen Harpster, 2 ½, and Aaron Harpster, 1, spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Birthday Party
    JoHanna Bergmann of St. Peter held her second birthday party at St. Peter City Hall on Saturday. Those attending were: Lynn, Stacey, Seth, Konrad and Keiffer Bergmann; Gary and Sue Adams; Bobby, Nicki, Taylor and Hunter Scott; Joe, Luke, Kelly Bergmann and Madison; Nick and Pam Bergmann, Brandon and Kaden Wells; and Dane, Belinda, Owen and Aaron Harpster.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance is asking area churches to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Individuals attending church services are asked to take a can (or more) of soup, which will be donated to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • Sunday Night Live, grades 7-12 youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • AMP’d, high school youth group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Monday, February 2

  • Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.

  • The 2014 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign in Fayette County raised more than $14,000.
    This was the result of more than 270 hours of volunteers ringing the bells and shoppers donating money at the red kettles placed at Walmart, Rural King and County Market.
    The money raised is used excusively in Fayette County to help families who face a financial crisis due to illness, disability, fire, medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
    This interdenominational ministry will help more than 450 individuals and families throughout the year.

  • Dr. Ryan M. Jones has accepted a teaching position at State University of New York in Geneseo.

    Jones is teaching Latin American history and is part of a cluster interdisciplinary hiring initiative that includes faculty members intent on working together across departments for research projects and teaching.
    Jones is the son of Janice and Jerry Jones of Ramsey, and the grandson of Virda Forbus and Shirley Jones of Vandalia.