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Today's News

  • VFW will again lay veterans' wreaths

    Wreath Across America will be held on Dec. 10, and the VFW Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia will participate in the event for the second consecutive year.
    There are 97 graves in the veterans’ plot at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, and many more veterans' graves in local cemeteries.
    The local VFW Auxiliary will put out 120 wreaths from last year, as well as more wreaths from this year’s donations.
    Members of the VFW Auxiliary will be at Fairlawn Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Dec. 10.

  • Card Shower

    Clarence Wodtka
    A card shower has been requested for Clarence Wodtka of Farina, who will celebrate his 80th birthday this Friday.
    Cards may be sent to him at: RR 2, Box 46, Farina, Ill. 62838.

  • In Uniform

    Pvt. Eric S. Halleman
    Army National Guard Pvt. Eric S. Halleman has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

  • Patterson-Pommer

    Amanda Kay Patterson and Shaye Michael Pommer, both of Mulberry Grove, were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Hazlet State Park in Carlyle, with Haron Denton of Vandalia officiating.

  • 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.