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Today's News

  • Wedding

    Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Glendale, Ariz., were united in marriage on Saturday, June 11, 2011, in a 2 p.m. ceremony at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.


    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Krystal Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, all of Vandalia. She is currently a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
    The groom is the son of Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo. He is in the Air Force.
    The couple resides in Glendale, Ariz.

  • Births

    Joseph Maximilian Kirk
    Joe and Lorin Kirk of Vandalia are the parents of boy born at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Joseph Maximilian.
    Grandparents are Fred and Vanessa Keck, and Mark and Molly Kirk, all of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are David and Veronica Keck, Dan and Linda Michel, and Janice and the late Joe Kirk.

  • Reunions

    Hoffman
    The Hoffman family reunion was held on June 19 at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Five families were not represented – Leonard, Harry, Edmund, Arnold and Raymond Hoffman.

  • Wedding

    Crystal Howard and Jude Rodrigues were united in marriage on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at The Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla., with the Rev. Kevin Knox officiating.

  • Anniversary

    Kenny and Pat Gathe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Shrine Club on Vandalia Lake.
    Kenny  Gathe and the former Pat Murphy were married on Aug. 12, 1951, in Jackson, Miss.

  • Shining for Jesus

    In the first photo, Rick Opell of Fairfield prepares his 1970 Ford Mustang for the Shine for Jesus Car Show held by First Christian Church in Brownstown on Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers Road Angel.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Annie, The Little Goat…
    …this hot weather. She has shade in her pen, an igloo house, in which she sleeps, but she chooses a corner of her pen where the sun shines down all day. She has a fuzzy coat and it seems strange, but this seems to be her favorite spot.\

  • Frogtown News

    50th Anniversary Celebration
    Allen and Jeanette Sasse of rural Shobonier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 17 with a renewal of vows at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Augsburg.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Effingham Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

  • Farm Briefs

    Website connects farmers to world
    Today’s farmers and ranchers are so busy increasing their productivity to meet the needs of a growing world that they don’t have time to sit and visit with their neighbors like they used to. However, there is still great value in building relationships, sharing information and asking for advice.
    A new website and mobile application, cropnation, will allow farmers and ranchers to connect with each other, whether they are across the country or across the section.