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Today's News

  • Genealogical Society to publish family history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society (FCGHS) has voted to sponsor the writing and publishing of a book length history of Fayette County families.
    The primary content of the book will be family histories.
    Each Fayette County family will be asked to write a historical sketch not to exceed 500 words. This sketch and one photo will be published free.
    Additional text will be charged at 15 cents per word and photos will cost $15 each.
    The book will also include a general county history.

  • New automation program at Evans Library

    Over the next few weeks, Evans Public Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
    On July 1 of last year, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System –  eICat, GateNet, LINC and SilNet – merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally).
    SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
    On April 9, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform known as Polaris.

  • Card Shower

    Marie Arnold
    A card shower has been requested for Marie Arnold, who will celebrate her 97th birthday this Saturday.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 1, Box 74, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Births

    Leanne Marie Montgomery
    Tyler and Stefanie Montgomery of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 7:50 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20½ inches long. She was named Leanne Marie.
    She has a sister, Lucy, age 2.

  • Engagement

    Lauren Nicole Crocks and Travis Leslie Gould have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Chelsey Stewart of Vandalia and Jacob Jolliff of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Brandi Sheraden and Jeff Storey, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • In Uniform

    Airman Jordan Evans
    Air Force Airman Jordan R. Evans graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schaal of Shobonier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 17, with a family luncheon.

    Eugene Schaal and Nancy Miller were married on Feb. 24, 1963, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.
    The Schaals have lived in rural Shobonier all of their married life. They have four sons: Kevin and his wife Lori of San Antonio, Texas, Tim and his wife Lori of Decatur, Jeff and his wife Kelly of Des Peres, Mo., and Joe and his wife Rachel of Vandalia. They have 10 grandchildren.

  • Wedding

    Carolyn Faye Taylor of Vandalia and Gordon Ray Thacker of Mulberry Grove were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Temple Baptist Church in rural Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating.