• Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 96th birthday on April 24.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Laue-Kramer

    Brittney Leila Laue of Altamont and Brady Joseph Kramer of Farina were united in marriage in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, with the Rev. Robert Zwilling officiating.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Huskey family are pictured above. Dorothy Huskey, seated, is holding Mariah Mahon-Jackson.

    In back are Tonja Wilkerson, Jeanne Thomas and Gaige Jackson.

  • Births

    Gunner Robert Miles
    Mark and Sheri Miles of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 10:53 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Gunner Robert weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Alice Miles of Vandalia, and Gary and Jerri George of Centralia.

  • Ward is top cookie seller

    Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) has wrapped up the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, and Riely Ward, a Girl Scout Junior from Vandalia, was the top cookie seller for the Fayette County area.
    “Our girls, their parents and our fantastic volunteers have put in a tremendous amount of hard work to ensure that our 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program was a success,” said Villie M. Appoo, GSSI chief executive officer.  “I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication and commitment to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

  • Retirement

    Jean Schorsch
    An open house to honor Jean Schorsch on her retirement from Rural King will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at Northside Christian Church on West Jackson Street in Vandalia.
    The public is invited.

  • Birthday

    Helen Tompkins
    An open house to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Helen Tompkins will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Pleasant Mound Community Center, located south of Mulberry Grove.
    A card shower is also being requested. Cards may be sent to: 747 Swan Road, Smithboro, Ill. 62284.

  • Garrison - 50 years

    Robert and Ruth Ann Garrison of rural Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 24.

  • Mefford – 60 years

    Laverne “Bud” and Dorothy Mefford will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 17.

    The Mefford were married on April 17, 1954, in Robinson.
    They have four children, Deborah and her husband Robert Sturm, Pamela and her husband Dave Younker, Doug Mefford and his wife Jeanette, and Jeff Mefford and his wife Toni.
    They have 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
    The couple will celebrate their anniversary with family.

  • Births

    Jack Phinneas Silva
    Anthony and Jennifer Silva of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 8:58 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.