Today's Features

  • A Touching Experience … Literally
    Bill has served as custodian for the First Baptist Church for almost 11 years, and this year, also of Unity Baptist Church, (as Temple Baptist on Ill. Route 185 and First Baptist merged earlier in this year), and for that 11 years, he also was custodian for Vandalia Christian Academy, located at First Baptist Church on Sixth street.
    When he recently turned in his resignation as custodian, he made the comment, ‘I am going to miss the kids.”

  • Card Showers
    A card shower is being held for the 90th birthday of Thelma Moeller on Nov. 8. Cards may be sent to: Thelma Moeller, 2131 E. 700 Ave. St. Peter, Ill. 62880.
    The family of Doris Wollin has requested a card shower for her 87th birthday on Nov. 11. Cards may be sent to: Doris Wollin, 815 N. 2200 St., St. Peter, Ill. 62880.
    Delphine Rubin of Decatur, died on Oct. 25, 2015. Delphine was the twin sister of Delmar Moeller of St. Peter.
    Injured in an Accident

    Thursday, November 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Reataurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 4 p.m. to pool rides to tour the new Effingham library. After the tour, they will go to Joe’s Pizza in Altamont for supper.
    Saturday, November 7

  • Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle Chasteen are the parents of a daughter, Elle Meredith, born on Oct. 22, 2015.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She was welcomed home by her sister, Claire.
    Grandparents are Andy and Karla Drewes, and Jerry and Connie Chasteen.
    St. Peter’s
    Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 201.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A special guest speaker was seminary student Adam Carnehl, the Adopt-a-Student of the LWML.

  • New Coats for Barn Critters
    Baby Bucky Burro, his mama, Madricka, and Lady, the senior mini-horse, are wearing their new winter coats. Lady’s coat is particularly pretty, as she chose a little different color that becomes her. Usually it is sort of a dapple gray, but the dominant color is a shade or two darker this year, and Bill describes it as looking rather like an Appaloosa now.
    Madricka just looks lovely, as always, and baby Buckwheat looks cute and cuddly with his fuzzy new coat.

    Thursday, October 29
    • The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Saturday, October 31
    • St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
    Sunday, November 1
    • Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
    • Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • A new florist has opened its doors in Vandalia, and Drake Thompson is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of providing flowers for the citizens of Vandalia and surrounding areas.

  • There was a lot of activity in the area of Vandalia’s Rogier Park last weekend. One hundred and one people with 29 Gold Wing motorcycles, the members of the Gold Wing Chapter I-70 Road Riders, gathered to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  

  • Stan and Nadine Johnson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

  • In celebration of the congregation’s 150th Anniversary, “An Evening of Music” will be presented at St. James Lutheran Church this Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Performers for this concert of organ and piano music will be Carlo and Stephanie van Ulft.
    The concert is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted for the St. James Music Fund, which supports the church’s organ, piano, handbells and choirs. The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. A reception will follow the program.