Today's Features

  • 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.

  • It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, they visited Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    On Sunday, Mitch, Gretchen and boys traveled to Troy to the baptism of Katie Kline, daughter of Caleb and Krissie Kline, where they were serving as Katie’s godparents.

  • A Pleasant, Peaceful Day...
    … flavored also with good memories, was enjoyed by the human inhabitants of the homestead (namely Bill and Panzi) as we took a car ride down in the Shobonier/Southern Vandalia countryside one day last week.

    Thursday, June 25
    • The 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show continues through Sunday in the upstairs Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, June 27
    • Fayette County 4-H Food and Clothing shows, Brownstown Elementary School. Check in is from 12-1 p.m. and judging at 1 p.m.
    Sunday, June 28

  • Visits Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Thursday and Friday nights with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    They went out on Thursday night to celebrate Dane and Belinda’s 27th wedding anniversary.
    Harper spent the day with her grandma Belinda on Friday while Mahala attended a business meeting, and they returned home on Saturday morning.
    Visit Children

  • Wild Predatory Critters
    •  Questionable Critter #1 – Just recently a fairly large, dark red bushy, critter entered out yard and was heading straight for Rhonda and Blackie’s chicken house.
    Bill’s dog, Katy, sounded the alarm and was barking furiously, and jumping quite a distance up and against her dog pen. I watched as the critter kept coming closer, stop and look at Katy, then move forward again.
    Curious as to what it was, I finally got a good look at its head, and it had the facial features of a fox (sharp nose, etc.)

    Thursday, June 18
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Friday, June 19
    • An opening critique and reception for the 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show will be held at 7 p.m. in the Artworks Gallery at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    Saturday, June 20