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Today's Features

  • Ragel
    The Ragel family reunion will be held this Sunday in the Centennial Building at St. Elmo Park. A potluck will be held at noon, with drinks provided.

    Torbeck
    The Torbeck reunion will be held on Sunday, July 17, at the Senior Citizens Center, 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. Dinner begins at 12:30 p.m.

  • Holy Cross VBS is July 17-21

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 726 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, will hold Vacation Bible School from July 17-21, 6-8 p.m. The VBS, with the theme of “Barnyard Roundup,” is open to children age 3 to sixth-grade age.

    'Sincerity' at Ramsey church

    “Sincerity,” a gospel group from the Decatur area, will perform in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Fellowship will follow the concert. There is no admission fee, and the public is invited.

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    We need them by early Monday afternoon for that week’s publications. Thank you for sharing.
    Frog(s) Saga Update

  • Visit Lake of the Ozarks
    Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin spent the weekend at the Jacquin Family lake house at Lake of the Ozarks.
    VBS
    Registration is under way for Vacation Bible School at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The VBS will be held July 25-29, from 6-8 p.m. Forms may be picked up in the church narthex.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 142.
    The organist was Rita Yagow.
    Acolyte was Jacob Hawkey.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Saturday, July 9
    • Start of the Fayette County Fair.
    • See HCE fair participation info in an article following these announcements.
    • Fayette County 4-H & Junior Horse and Pony Show, 9 a.m. and 4-H and Junior Rabbit Show, 3 p.m.
    Sunday, July 10
    • 4-H and Junior Poultry Show, noon; 4-H Goat Show, 4 p.m.

  • Bethel Baptist Church of Vandalia held its annual Vacation Bible School from June 5-9, and as part of the VBS, an offering was collected every night in a competition between the boys and girls.
    The purpose of the offering was to purchase food for the 6:35 Food Pantry operated by the Fayette County Ministerial Alliance. Through the competition, $806.52 was collected.
    Bethel Baptist Church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.

  • Eleanor Grace Newcomb
    Judd and Carla Newcomb of Mulberry Grove are the parents of a girl born at 8:20 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Grubaugh
    The annual Sam and Clara Grubaugh reunion will be held at noon on Sunday, July 3, in the Rogier Park pavilion. All family members and friends are welcome.

    Atwood
    The Atwood family reunion will be held this Saturday in the pavilion in Rogier Park, with a noon meal. Family and friends are welcome.