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Today's Features

  • Neal and Esther Koberlein will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering.

  • Five miles north of Brownstown, on the southwest corner, stands a landmark familiar to Brownstown-Sefton people, but also to anyone who had to have their truck tested or who needed a mechanic.

  • 'The Patriarchs' series begins tonight

    Brownstown First Christian Church will launch a 10-week teaching series on "The Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob."
    Developed by Beth Moore, the study focuses on Genesis 12-50. It will be taught by Faye Watson.
    The series starts at 7 p.m. tonight.

    Vera Baptist spring revival starts Sunday

    The annual spring revival at Vera Baptist Church begins this Sunday and runs every day through Wednesday.

  • Girl Scouts were shining stars during Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ (GSSI) All That Glitters Award ceremony on April 7 at the Lindenwood Auditorium in Belleville.

  • Kalei Briane Day and Nicholas Cleveland Vaughn, both of Herrick, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Jeanette Nichole Johnson and Kevin Lee Oberlink, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center annual fundraising banquet was held March 21 at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia.

  • Hannah Ryann Stombaugh
    Zac and Kristin Stombaugh are the parents of a girl born at 4:54 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    Hannah Ryann weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Karen Brooks, and Rick and Margie Bachula of Saginaw, Mich., and Steve and Sandy Stombaugh of Vandalia.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Floyd C. Meseke of Vandalia celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Gallatin Street Grille on March 30.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    It was dangerous going to Evergreen Outreach on Monday. The Rev. Jim Fackler brought his joke book! All kidding aside, it was a really good meeting.
    We sang our EO songs and had lots of helpers. Isn’t it nice to have helpers! And speaking of a good helper, Donna Smith welcomed us all with her sweet piano music. It definitely calms everyone.
    Our refreshments were provided by Jill Zimmer. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Jennifer Wilmer, Robert Nelson and Betty Turner before Fackler started our devotions.