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Today's Features

  • For the July Home and Community Education activity, to tie in with the HCE theme of “Been Cookin’ for 90 years, Vandalia Day Unit HCE members toured the Hodgson Mill facility in Effingham.
    Tour guide Hope Adams Yingst spoke of the original water mill located in the Missouri Ozarks and the current production at the Effingham plan. Their finest, all-natural, whole-grain products are included in the promotion of balanced nutrition.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday nights with parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Larry, Sue, Kyle, and Olivia Urban joined the family for dinner on Saturday evening. Rollie Henson also visited over the weekend.
    Deaths
    The community was saddened by the passing of beloved coach and teacher Gary Shirley of Kinmundy last week.  

  • Too Hot for Hot Dog (Josie)
    All of the larger/outside critters on the Homestead (longhorn cows; Katie, the black lab/blue heeler mix; and the chicken roost inhabitants, namely Blackie and Rhonda) seem to be tolerating the weather temperatures ups and downs well.
    However, Josie, the little 14-year-old “puppy,” cannot tolerate the outside heat for very long nor the hot bricks on the patio. Bill placed throw rugs down on the bricks, so they wouldn’t burn her little feet.

  • As St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary, it will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, and has invited area historian Linda Hanabarger, to be the program speaker.

  • Atwood
    The Atwood reunion was held on Saturday, June 28, at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    After a noon meal, the reunion meeting was opened by Connie Grubaugh, in the absence of reunion president Bill Hunter.
    The Lord’s Prayer was recited, and the minutes from the 2013 reunion were read, with no corrections made. Officers for 2015 are: Max Atwood, president; Jim Atwood, vice president; and Connie Grubaugh, secretary/treasurer.

  • The Vandalia Community High School graduating class of 1952 celebrated its 62nd anniversary the weekend of June 20-22.

  • FWC Faith Crusade starts this Friday

    Family Worship Center in Vandalia will host a five-day Faith Crusade, beginning Friday and concluding next Tuesday.
    The speaker for the Faith Crusade will be Jonathan Suber, an evangelist who has ministered on five continents and in more than 50 countries during the past 30 years. He has pastored three churches and served as a missionary in West Africa, India and the West Indies.
    Accompanying him will be his wife, Stephanie. A speaker and musician, she has composed more than 100 songs.

  • By  Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting on Monday went off without a hitch! It was good to see everyone, so pat yourself on the back for making it a good meeting!

  • By Ginger Wells
    The OASIS group from First Baptist Church of Vandalia recently took a trip to Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
    The theme of the trip was "Christmas in July." The group boarded the coach on Tuesday, July 15, and returned on Saturday, July 19.
    Each person brought bingo and Christmas grab bag gifts, and was anticipating a Christmas holiday – minus the snow and sleet. We got to know each other by playing games and singing.