Today's Features

  • Blake Robert Knebel
    Tim and Mindi Knebel of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:41 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • “This House is Maintained …
    … Entirely for the Convenience of Our Cat” are the words on a small sign that I bought one day at a resale shop, thinking it was funny. However, as time has went on, and with the added care and maintenance of our kitty (i.e. diabetes, special diet, shots, etc.), I can see the truth in those words.
    Not that we mind, for she is a good kitty, and we would be heartbroken if we should lose her.  

  • Weekend Guests
    Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Amanda and Belinda enjoyed Christmas shopping in Tuscola on Saturday. Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., also spent the weekend to deer hunt with Dane.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 188.
    Jamie Lotz was the organist. Dennis Wollin served as acolyte. Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin were attending elders.
    There will be no Saturday evening services in December.

    Thursday, December 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending can take food or donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 12

  • Seiley Suzanne Hortenstine
    Ben and Dana Hortenstine of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 7:04 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

    Seiley Suzanne weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Harold and Janet Smedley of Pana, and Marc and Diane Hortenstine of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Carolyn Hortenstine of Ramsey and the late Dan Hortenstine, the late Ben and Hester Allen, the late Arthur and Dorothy Smedley, and the late John and Millie Thull.

  • The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and ABATE Chapter 27 ($4,800) and JK Builders ($1,000) recently made donations to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

    The ABATE chapter also donated a box of shirts for children in the hospitals. In front are Jim Pryor and Terri VanHuss of ABATE, Ron Rauch of the Old National Trail Shrine Club and Kathlynn Max of J&K Builders. In back are Mick Eddington and Eric Ward of ABATE, Carl Hall of Shriners Hospitals, Bob White of ABATE and Jeremy Marx of JK Builders.

  • Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor of rural Shobonier were honored at a reception on Saturday as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

  • Northside Christian adds service
    Due to increased attendance, Northside Christian Church in Vandalia will begin holding an additional Sunday morning service on Dec. 7.
    The new service times are 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
    Northside Christian offers a blend of traditional and contemporary music in a casual atmosphere. For more information, call 283-1970.

    Methodist Christmas cantata is Sunday

  • This year's Operation Christmas Child netted 2,322 shoe boxes of Christmas items. Last week, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Vandalia Community High School loaded the boxes into a trailer for transport.

    First United Methodist Church in Vandalia served as the relay center of Fayette and Montgomery counties. Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that used gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    It is the time of the year that we need to remember the reason for the season of celebration and history of Evergreen Outreach.
    The foundation of Evergreen Outreach is based in the Bible (Mathew 25:40), which inspired Phyllis Rames (the founder) more than 45 years ago. It means that whatever you do to the least of these, you have done to me (Christ). It points to Christ’s life of kindness and mercy, which we are to emulate.