Today's News

  • Faces at the Fair
  • Birthdays

    Mary Naber
    A card shower has been planned for Mary Naber of St. Peter, who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, July 20.

  • Birth

    Ian Noah Zenker
    Jon and Andrea Zenker of West Chicago are the parents of a boy born at 9:06 p.m. on April 4, 2012, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was named Ian Noah, and he has a brother, Evan, age 2.
    Grandparents are Dannie and Patty Donaldson of Vandalia, and Steve and Arlene Zenker of Hampshire.
    Great-grandparents are Herschel and Barb Ambuehl of Farina.

  • Details for Brownstown Alumni Reunion given

    Everyone attending the Brownstown Alumni Reunion on July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia will be asked to verify that their current addresses on file are correct.
    For anyone who has sent in a dinner reservation, the address will have been updated and verified. Debbie Fulk will be assisting with address updates/corrections.

  • Rameses Host Bridal Shower

    On June 15-16, Dr. Don and Phyllis Rames of Vandalia hosted a bridal shower in honor of Christopher Orr and Stellena Caudill of Winston-Salem, N.C. Those attending the shower included all members of the Rames family, Joy Orr, and David and Twilla Orr and son David.

  • Engagement

    Lauren Radliff of Chatham and Aaron Sczurko of O’Fallon have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By  Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting on Monday can be remembered as the day the record heat broke! Naturally, the iced tea and water were started early, along with the delightful music played by Donna Smith. The cookies, supplied by Jamie Casey and Amy Vieregge, were pecan sandies, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We also had on hand angel food cake for those who need to keep their sugar low.  
    The Rev. Jim Fackler started the program with about a dozen one-line jokes, which would have made Bob Hope jealous! Where does he get them all?

  • In God's world of truth and order, there are moral rights and wrongs

    We don’t hear much about judgment day or hell these days. Perhaps we have become so modernized (or post-modernized) that condemnation seems out of place in our culture. In fact, with the incredible emphasis we place on tolerance and acceptance of all behaviors, condemnation seems quite inappropriate.

  • Liberty Trading moves store across Gallatin Street into larger facility

    After outgrowing its first 800-square-foot location at 422 W. Gallatin St., Liberty Trading has moved across the street to a 5,000-square-foot building at 425 W. Gallatin St.
    And even that is starting to fill up.

  • Kull Funeral Homes continues tree program

    Kull Funeral Homes of Altamont and St. Elmo have renewed their affiliation with the Lofty Oaks Assocation, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Illinois.
    The firm arranges to have a tree planted for each service that they perform, in order to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew the forest life of Illinois.
    The memorial trees are planted in the spring and fall. This program is part of a large endeavor to restore the landscape with the beauty of living trees.