Today's Features

  • Last week, the village of Brownstown’s policeman, Caleb Walton, acompanied two Brownstown students, Jayden Wilson and Brian Rabideau, on a shopping trip at the Vandalia Wal-Mart, as participants in the “Shop with a Cop” program.  This was the second year that Brownstown participated in the program. Village Mayor Virginia Wilber assisted Walton with the shopping trip.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Such a BIG success Monday – indescribably wonderful!  Whoever has even remotely considered cancelling EO should have their head examined after Monday! We had our best Christmas EO meeting ever.
    The stage was set for the routine, but it became wonder-filled, joyous and full!

  • Weekend Visit
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss, both of St. Peter, spent Friday to Sunday with Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., while their parents vacationed in Hawaii.
    They enjoyed playing games, watching a movie and shopping.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 183.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Alexis Roberts served as acolyte.Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Ray Reed

    Thursday, December 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 11
    • This Friday is the last day Christmas gifts can be taken to St. Elmo City Hall for the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree. See the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree announcement.
    Sunday, December 13

  • First of All
    Due to the holidays and extra activities, please get your announcements, church bulletins, news, etc., to me as soon as possible for the next two weeks.  Your cooperation is appreciation.
    Homestead Critters Ready for THE BIRTHDAY
    Christmas – the celebration of the birth of their Creator.
    Bright red bows decorate pens of Katie, Bill’s outdoor doggie, and
    a star is set over the window of the little barn window of Lady, the senior mini-horse, and little Buckwheat Burro and his mother, Madricka.

  • Following 20 years as missionaries and living in Bolivia, South America, Carol Evaul and her husband, Robert, returned to the United States to establish their children in college.

  • Camilla Diveley
    A card shower has been requested for Camilla Diveley of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, Dec. 13.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 1204 W. Tower St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Iris Paige Smith
    Tyson and Lara Smith of Vandalia are the parents of girl adopted on Nov. 6, 2015.
    Iris Paige has a brother, Eli Smith, age 7.

    Grandparents are Cindy and Melvin Smith of Vandalia, and Dennie and Janet Barnick of St. Elmo.
    Great-grandparents are Darrel and Bonnie Sharp of Patoka.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 19, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 27 members and three guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  LaVerne Laux gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mike Mulhern called the meeting to order.
    Members and guests introduced themselves to Fred Newman, who joined the club at the last meeting.
    Laura Mulhern served as acting secretary and read the secretary and treasurer reports, which were approved.