Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • Joslyn Dean Stephens
    Stephanie and Jade Stephens are the parents of a girl born at 10:59 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • By Karen Redfern
    Evergreen Outreach had a lovely meeting on Monday afternoon at Wesley Hall, led by Joyce Staff.
    Enjoying the program were residents from FAYCO, Vandalia Rehab and Brookstone.
    Refreshments and drinks were served by volunteers Marie Sutton, Jeanne Schlicht, Erna Wasmuth and Ruth Ann Scott.
    Birthdays for the week were: Louis Laster, Susan Tretter, Cindy Jarrett, James White, Dr. Don Rames, Helen Johnson, Maybelle Ledbetter and Bonnie Sharp.
    Congratulations to all!

  • 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.

  • “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:11b-13).

  • Picture this – It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia in the year 1861.
    The town square around the state capitol building, usually quiet at this hour, is alive with sounds of horse-driven carriages, spoken greetings, conversations and the laughter of men and women.

  • The “Wild, Undomesticated” Homestead Longhorns …
    … led by Betsy, the longhorn-Coriente mix cow.
    Longhorn cattle are considered a “wild” breed, and are not allowed in the county and state fairs competitions because of their long, curved horns (which are to be avoided, as they sometimes suddenly toss or turn their heads without regard of something in their path).