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Today's News

  • Births

    Logan Matthew Sasse
    Matthew and Sarah Sasse of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Engagement

    Crystal N. Stevenson of Greenville and Matthew E. Blankenship of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Heather Amanda Meseke and John R. Wilson have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Meseke of Shobonier, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Meseke of Shobonier.
    The future groom is the son of John Wilson of Amarillo, Texas, Hazel Willshire of Austin, Texas,  and Mr. and Mrs. Shane Pinnell of Greenville.
    The couple are planning a Sept. 2 wedding at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Kayla VonBehren and Jacob Etcheson have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Tresnee Willms and Eric Adams, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry England of Vandalia will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children at their daughter’s home.

  • Art show winners announced

    The annual Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show for 2012 was held June 16-24. A total of 208 pieces were entered in these combined shows.
    Amateur Town & Country Show
    The amateur adult art division was judged by Professor Jacob Amundson of Greenville College. Six artists entered 21 pieces in this division.

  • Church to hold 95th anniversary

    The Reno Southern Baptist Church in Sorento will be celebrating its 95th anniversary on July 15.
    Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship services begins at 10: 30 a.m. with a special guest speaker – Dr. Nate Adams of the Illinois Southern Baptist Association in Springfield.
    Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m., and the afternoon program will begin at 1 p.m.

  • Church Briefs

    Lesters' concert is July Fourth

    The Lesters of St. Louis will appear in concert at the Fourth of July  celebration at Lake Hillsboro. They will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Often called the "first family of gospel music," the Lesters have been singing together for more than four generations. The group includes Brian Lester, Ginger (Lester) Pitchers and Jonathan Lester.
    In case of rain, the concert will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro. For more information, call Laura Sturm at (217) 532-3734.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    Monday was such an eventful day at Evergreen Outreach. We were greeted by the wonderful members of SoftFire, who sang several tunes, including: “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “The Marine Song,” “Old-Time Religion,” “The Tennessee Waltz,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
    We are so blessed to have David and Patricia Pence in our midst.