Today's News

  • Engagement

    Kari Jo McCarty and Aaron Nathan Boerema have announced their engagement.
    The future bride is the daughter of Ed and Kathy McCarty of Vandalia.

  • Birth

    Milli Marie Portz
    Brad and Lynn Portz of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 2:04 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

  • Durbin-50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. David Durbin of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

    David and Lila Durbin were married on Sept. 16, 1962, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter.
    They are the parents of three children: Sherri and her husband Don VonBehren of Summerville, S.C., Darren of Alma and Brady of Farina.
    They have four grandchildren: Kara VonBehren, Alec VonBehren, Kyle Durbin and Shelby Durbin.
    Cards and letters from family and friends may be sent to: 206 N. Mulberry St., Farina, Ill. 62838.

  • Smithson-50 years

    Joe and Ruth Smithson of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 28.

    The Smithsons were married at First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. J.H. Reeter officiating.
    They are the parents of three sons: Brian and his wife Melodye, Darin and his wife Stephanie, and Brad and his wife Lori.
    They have 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
    An open house reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the gym at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in St. Peter.

  • Schaal - 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Schaal of St. Peter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 23, with an open house.

  • God commands us to gather together to worship

    While I was in seminary, oh,  so many years ago, I became very close friends with a fellow student of mine who was from the Czech Republic (the former Czechoslovakia).

  • Church Briefs

     Three-day revival set at New Bethel

    A three-day revival is planned for Sept. 21-23 at New Bethel Baptist Church northwest of Ramsey.
    Preaching during the revival will be David Keyes, an evangelist from Paducah, Ky., who formerly lived in Fillmore.
    Evening services will be held at 7 p.m. each night, and a basket dinner homecoming event will be held on Sunday.
    For more information, call the Rev. Larry Arndt at 217-851-1779 or 283-2396.

    Crown Point revival starts this Sunday

  • Friendship Manor rated 5 stars

    Friendship Manor of St. Elmo recently received a five-star overall rating by Nursing Home Compare, a website within the medicare.gov website.
    The star ratings are given to each nursing home facility, based on their ratings in four categories: health inspections, staffing, quality ratings and overall rating. One star indicates “much below average,” two stars means “below average,” three stars is “average,” four stars is “above average,” and five stars means “much above average.”

  • Engel Brothers partners with SCHS

    Engel Brothers Ford of Farina and South Central High School are partnering on Saturday, Sept. 22, to help raise up to $6,000 in support of SCHS athletes and Future Business Leaders of America members as a part of Ford Motor Co.’s “Drive One 4 UR School” program.
    Members of the community will have the opportunity to raise money for the organizations by test-driving a Ford or Lincoln vehicle. For every person who test-drives a vehicle at the one-day event, Ford Motor Co. and Engel Brothers Ford will donate $20 to SCHS athletes and FBLA.

  • Beautiful Chaos Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at Beautiful Chaos Dance Center in Vandalia.

    The new center is owned by Amanda McDowell, pictured in the front row to the right of Mayor Rick Gottman. It is located at 2525 Veterans Ave. She offers dance classes for children and adults from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The telephone number is 283-3269.