Today's Features

  • Bethany Gabrielle Stuemke and Lee Anthony Doyle were united in marriage on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Wallace pond and gazebo of Bethany’s grandparents.

  • Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitch Ashbaugh of Effingham have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Koontz of rural St. Elmo will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14.

  • St. Peter sausage supper set

    The men of St. Peter's Lutheran Church will host a sausage supper with a full menu this Sunday in the St. Peter Lutheran School gym.
    Serving begins at 5 p.m. Carryouts are available.

    Love Banquet and Auction

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church will hold its third annual Love Banquet and Auction in the church fellowship hall this Sunday.

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance this week announced the schedule and speakers for this year's Lenten Luncheon series.
    The luncheons are held each Wednesday during Lent, beginning at noon and concluding by 1 p.m. They are held at a different church each week.
    This year's theme is "Unity."
    The following is this year's lineup:
    Feb. 29 – First Christian Church (283-2001). Speaker: Scott Smith, First Church of God youth pastor.

  • By Karen Redfern
    Evergreen Outreach met on Monday at First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall,  with Pam Childers on the piano.
    Beulah Brown was the leader for the afternoon. All enjoyed the leadership and entertainment of these two great ladies.
    As always, our dedicated servers, Marie Sutton, Erna Wasmuth, Ruth Ann Scott and Jeanne Schlicht, served some delicious cookies, which were enjoyed by all.

  • I don’t envy Moses. He had a big job, but he also served a big God!
    This became clear to me when I read the Old Testament book of Numbers.

    Thursday, Feb. 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, Feb. 12
    • The Vandalia Statehouse at 2 p.m. will host the annual Lincoln’s Birthday program. Dan Guillory of the Looking for Lincoln project will be the speaker.

  • Star, the Little White Dove…
    Star, the little white dove, seems to be moping this morning. I think she is ready for spring, to have the sun shining through her window and to hear the little wild birds singing outside.
    I played some of her tapes this morning (she especially likes her John Denver songs), but she didn’t perk up as much as she usually does. Her very favorite Gene Autry tape has bit the dust.

  • Kate Carlson said that the two books she has written “are kind of a combination of one story, but then again, each has its own story.”