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Today's Features

  • Remembering Cousin Dave
    We said farewell to cousin David Oldham in July of last year. He left us on his 61st birthday, a shock and sadness to all who knew him. His wife, Susan, held a memorial for him this week, which we were unable to attend.
    However, we want to share our memories of him with Susan, his family, neighbors and friends.
    Of late, we didn’t get to visit with Dave and Susan much, but when we stopped in at FS for something (where Dave worked), he would always come to the car, smiling and glad to see us.

  • 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.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    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

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Marriage