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Today's Features

  • Grady Douglas Laack
    Jason and Alison Laack of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:37 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Koda Leah Ennen
    Cody and Katelyn Ennen of St. Peter are the parents of a girl born at 5:08 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Aug. 28 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon, with 22 members and five guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by Dean Black. After the meal, Black welcomed all who were present.
    The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read, and health issues of two members were updated.
    Deeds awards were given to several members who had volunteered 50 or more hours.

  • Kleinik
    The 86th Kleinik family reunion was held Aug. 31 at Greenville Patriots’ Park main pavilion, with a potluck at noon. Twenty-seven were present. Evelyn Hecht was the eldest present, at age 84; and Corey Elam was the youngest present. Kent Elam traveled the farthest from Portland, Ind.
    The 2015 officers are Brent Elam, president; Dean Kleinik, vice president; and Carol Herrin, secretary/treasurer.

  • Chloe Rybacki of Vandalia and Christopher Thomas of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Fayette County Knights of Collumbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations. Proceeds support the Knights' work with Special Olympics programs, FAYCO activities and EMH/TMH activities. Shown with the mayor is Mike Sahr, the Knights' MH chairman.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bowen will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    Bob and Ann Bowen were married on Sept. 13, 1974, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    They have two children: Shane Bowen and his wife, Kristen, of Ballwin, Mo., and Cheri and her husband Eric Lux of Effingham. They have three grandchildren: Ellie Bowen, and Macy and Ryann Lux.
    The Bowens, formerly of Vandalia, currently reside in Keyesport.

  • Melvin and Lillian Sporleder of Altamont, formerly of St. Peter, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • New ministry for mothers, children
    A new ministry for mothers with babies and young children is now offered at Parkview Free Methodist Church.
    Called "22:6 Playgroup," the faith-based group will meet from 6-8 p.m. Its name is derived from Proverbs 22:6, which says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
    For more information, look up the group on Facebook or call the church at 283-0799.

    Veterans' Outreach Center has moved

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    The credit for our lovely piano music goes to Betty Stolte. Her fingers were on key and very limber, and moved like greased lightning, creating great music for our hearts. Beulah Brown was our leader today and led us in singing Happy Birthday to Mark Floyd, Lucy Brumfield, Henrietta Eggers, Gordon Schell, Chad Doll, Alacia LeSure and Brad Elmore. We sang in two styles – regular and according to Pastor Jim Fackler and Joan.