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Today's News

  • St. Elmo Soldier

    Staff Sgt. Ryan K. Howell (right), squad leader, Regional Command (South) protective service detail, 82nd Airborne Division, from St. Elmo, looks over weapons with an Afghan Border Patrol soldier during a mission on Nov. 2.

    Howell and his team routinely escort the leadership of RC(S) to various locations within the region for meetings with Afghan leaders, securing the routes they travel on and the locations of the meetings. During these missions, the team has frequent interactions with Afghan military, police and civilians, particularly children.

  • Library Story Time

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia hosted a Halloween story time during the Downtown Trick or Treat held on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    Above, Linda Kelly of the library staff reads to some costumed youngsters.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Nov. 10 – Potato soup, ham sandwich, kidney bean salad, banana and crackers.
    Friday, Nov. 11 – Closed for Veteran’s Day.
    Monday, Nov. 14 – Barbecue pork on bun, au gratin potatoes, baked beans and pineapple chunks.
    Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Spaghetti w/meat sauce, pea salad, tossed salad w/dressing, mandarin oranges and garlic bread.  
    Wednesday, Nov. 16 – Vegetable soup, egg salad sandwich, crackers, apple cabbage slaw and birthday cake.

  • Reunion

    Porter
    The annual Porter reunion was held on Sept. 19 at Ramsey Lake State Park.
    A potluck meal was served at 12:30 p.m., and the afternoon included visiting, taking photographs, playing bingo and going over the history of the Wellington and Sarah Porter families.
    The reunion officers remained the same. A candy jar was passed around to guess how many pieces were in it; Dale Porter was the winner.

  • Fun Fest Proceeds Given to NF

    Amanda and Brian Walk recently presented a donation of $12,790.15 to Dr. David H. Gutmann, director of the Neurofibromatosis Center at the Washington University School of Medicine.

  • Births

    Brailee Lynn Lockart
    Sean Lockart and April Tackett of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 4:24 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Richards-Jones

    Marcy Richards of Vandalia and Aaron Jones of Effingham have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Barker-Elmore

    Natasha Nicole Barker and Justin Eugene Elmore were united in marriage on July 9, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.

    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Michele Barker of Vandalia.
    She chose her sister, Jessica Levanti, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ember Barnhart, Kristin Charlesworth and Jamie Elmore.
    The groom chose Jeff Ray, Ty Freeland, Clint Brown and Brandt Summers as his best men. Ushers were Kyle Barker and Egan McClary.
    Libby Watson was the flower girl, and Parker Ray was the ring bearer.

  • Springman – 50 years

    Bill and Betty Springman of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy & the Bovine Family
    Betsy, the coriente longhorn, is the leader of the pack (or herd, in this case). Now that the pasture has been frosted over, they look forward to their supplement diet of Pam and Pete LeDuc’s good hay.