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Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    On May 26, the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met for its monthly meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and four guests present.
    After the pledge to the flag, a moment of silence was held for Karl Jesgarz, a member of the club who died May 22.
    Brock Fisher gave the meal blessing.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and introducing the special guest, John Nestleroad, a supervisor at the Patoka ExxonMobil Tank Farm.

  • Anniversary

    David and Kathleen Mahon of St. Peter will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    David Mahon and the former Kathleen Michel were married on June 12, 1966, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter.

  • Anniversary

    On June 9, 1946, Millard Mills and Fairy Alice McIntyre were joined in marriage at the Avena Methodist Church, with the late Charles Simpkins officiating.


    The Millses are the parents of five children – Glen and his wife Ann, Marie and her husband Jim, Norma and her husband Joel, Ruth and her husband Lewis, and Mark and his wife Nancy.
    They have 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
    A card shower has been requested for the Millses.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 2, Box 141, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Anniversary

    Charles and Sandra Murfin of Patoka will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Patoka Civic Center.

  • Fireworks Donation
  • Entries needed for rodeo parade

    Entries are needed for the 19th annual IHSRA State Finals Rodeo Parade next Wednesday in Effingham.
    The parade will start at 6:30 p.m., with entries to line up from 6-6:15 p.m. on North Maple Street between Evergreen and Temple avenues. Horse entries will line up at Effingham Equity.
    The parade will begin at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and go to the old courthouse downtown.
    The theme for this year's parade is "Peace, Love and Rodeo," and the colors are neon.

  • Museum has two exhibits in June

    The special Fayette County Museum exhibits for June are wooden tools and wedding memories.
    In May, the museum welcomed 390 visitors. Group tours included Vandalia seventh grade, Vandalia Junior High special education, Ramsey Grade School second grade, Altamont Lutheran second grade, Mrs. Culbertson’s Vandalia fourth grade, Kinmundy Elementary third grade, Effingham Sacred Heart third grade and Herrick Elementary fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

  • Library's summer reading program is under way

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s of Vandalia announced that this year's summer reading program theme is "A Midsummer Knight's READ.”
    Signup has begun for both the children and teen programs, which are for students entering kindergarten through high school.
    The children's program requires reading five books for each prize level, up to 25 books. If they continue to read more books, there is a box with special prizes that they can choose.
    McDonald’s will furnish a food or drink coupon for every five books, up to 25 books.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 9, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two guys are cousins.

  • The Way We Were-June 9, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.