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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Nearly all of the decisions I make are alike in that they have practically no effect on anyone outside my family.

  • When one walks into the Rev. Lawrence Becker’s apartment at Brookstone Estates, a unique and pretty scene greets them in the form of a painting on the wall.

  • Star is No Longer Earthbound
    We lost our little feathered friend recently. Star, the little white dove who had brought so many enjoyable moments to our lives, outstretched fanned out her pretty wings for the final time the eve of spring and left a real void at her window.
    She was 18½ years old and had been with us all of her life. When she first came to the Homestead, we also had Angel, the ring-neck dove, and we placed their large cages side by side in the big window.