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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 5
    • St. Elmo Lions Club’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillips Building. Cost is $5 per person. There also will be a 50/50 drawing to help with the scholarship fund.
    Sunday, March 6

  • No *S.O.S. reports this week
    The S.O.S. (*Signs of Spring) reports came to a halt this week.
    Dave Arnold’s account of the premature mosquito attack was the last report. As Dave is Brownstown’s resident (an honor, and gift, passed on to him from his aunt, the late Ruby Goldsboro) we figured a bit of poetry and prose would be forthcoming about the experience, but thus far, we have heard no more from him. He is a soul brother, because he appreciates the good things in life, such as morel mushrooms, about which he once wrote a poem … and …

  • The second Lenten Luncheon, which was scheduled for  St. James Lutheran Church last Wednesday, was canceled because of the snowy weather conditions.  
    However, the scheduled speaker, 14-year-old Calandra Donley, consented to share the message she had prepared, along with some information about her rather unique and interesting life.
    Meet a very soft-spoken and courteous young girl, who at present is living with her grandparents, Roger and Dorothy Donley,
    Introduction to Calandra

  • Baby Bucky Burro …
    … is ready for spring! On the cold winter nights, Bill shuts their doors so the cold wind doesn’t blow in to their beds. Bucky doesn’t seem to appreciate this, as he likes to run and play, but the doors are opened, as soon as advisable, for him. Mom Madricka Burro and Lady, the senior mini-horse, do seem to appreciate the thoughtfulness of closing the doors.

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the 11th birthday party of their oldest granddaughter, Madison Eller, on Saturday at her home in Jackson, Mo. Those attending were: Ron, Diane and Anna Lou Eller, Carol Stein, Natalie Stein, Rhonda Hunter, Heidi Hunter and fiancé Austin, Dru Eller, and Owen and Aaron Harpster.
    Dane and Belinda spent Thursday through Sunday with Owen and Aaron Harpster at the home of Mitch and Gretchen Harpster.
    Birth

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Friday, February 19
    • A seminar, “Living Your Bucket List,” 1 p.m., Kaskaskia Community College at 2310 W. Fillmore, Vandalia. Preregistration is required by calling the college at 545-3445.
    Saturday, February 20
    • Central Illinois Wedding Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue in St. James. Fourteen or more vendors are participating. One lucky bride will receive a grand prize.

  • Gleena Sours suffered with weight, bronchitis, chronic sinus and breathing problems to the point that she could hardly walk.

  • Ever since I can remember, when my mother would take me with her in Vandalia’s U.S. Post Office, I have enjoyed and, been interested in, the large mural on the north wall over the postmaster’s door.

  • It is simply a smudge of black burned and crumbled palms from Palm Sunday a year ago. But it is more! It is a statement of God about us – “Dust you are and to dust you will return.”

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance schedule for Lenten Luncheon is as follows:
    • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – First Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24 – St. James Lutheran Church.
    • Wednesday, March 2 – Northside Christian Church.
    • Wednesday, March 9 – Mother of Dolors Catholic Church.
    • Wednesday, March 16 – First United Methodist Church.
    • Wednesday, March 23 – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.