Today's Features

  • 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!

  •  The excitement was growing as 42 seniors boarded the Cavilla big green bus to head to Branson on Tuesday, June 22.
    The group enjoyed seeing old friends and making new as they played “all about me” games, singing and playing bingo on the bus. By the time they reached the Six Flags area, they decided to have breakfast.
    After another stop for lunch in Springfield, Mo., for lunch, they arrived at Grand Oakes Hotel, their home away from home for the next four days.

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    Fayette County Home and Community Education held its 67th annual meeting and dinner in the Northside Christian Church fellowship room in Vandalia on June 16, with 27 members and two guests of honor present.

    Thursday, July 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, July 11

  • As the eighth year for Fayette County’s Summer Lunches for Kids Program winds down for this year, recognition is due for the generosity of the individuals, businesses, churches and organizations for the distribution of about 500 lunches a week to children in the county.

  • Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.
    Call the site director, Sharon Harris, at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Erma Atwood
    An open house to celebrate the 90th birthday of Erma Atwood will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 650 W. Taylor St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • The Matt and Rhonda Howard family has always been a close-knit, caring family. Whatever the kids – Madison, Maisie and, Brady – have been interested in, the parents have encouraged and supported them, while still giving them the freedom to think and do for themselves.