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By The Staff

Longhorn Cattle Stampede
The “Longhorn Ladies” (Betsy, the Bartels girl, “Geneva,” “Red” and the youngsters) have been content this summer on their pasture, and have not complained or looked at the grass on the proverbial “other side of the fence.”
However, when we started south down the lane with a few bales of hay Saturday, they began running along side the fence. They must have smelled the hay and broke into a run to get to it. (I don’t blame them; I like the smell of it myself, but not well enough to eat it.)
They still have stuff to eat in the pasture. And they browse and graze on that all day. The longhorn is known for surviving on rough stuff, even briers and such, but ours have never had to do that. They have plenty of clover grass in the summer, and they get hay and grain in the winter time.
They are pretty good girls, never giving us any trouble … thus far. Although Betsy is the shortest one, she is definitely the boss. She is part coriente, and her horns are shaped a little differently. It was interesting that when she was young, she was at the bottom of the chain of command.
Then when she had her first calf, she became more aggressive with all of the cows except the late “LulaBelle.”
LulaBelle was the unchallenged leader, and she was classy. We never saw her with her head down, no matter what time of the day or night.  When we would come home late at night, she would be at the head of the resting herd, with her head regally raised up, as if always on guard. She was our first longhorn cow and our favorite.
Coming Up in the Community
Purses, Purses, Purses, Holiday Bake Sale & Book Sale …
…is set for Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Good Old Days Banquet Center in Brownstown on U.S. Route 40. Designer duplicates straight from New York – big city styles at small town prices.  Great Christmas  and birthday gifts. Cash, check, credit/debit cards will be honored.  This benefits the Brownstown Branch Library. Contact Connie Bingaman at 427-3174.  Any baked goods for the benefit could be dropped off at Deerpark Distributors on the Friday before or brought to the banquet center that Saturday morning.
1st Christian Church Homecoming Weekend…
… is Oct. 21-23, with Dennis McCounaughhay preaching and Nathan Jesse leading the music. Dennis was a minister here during the 1980s.
It has been 140 years since the founding of the congregation, and 100 years since the dedication of the present building. On display will be old photos of people and churches, Bibles, quilts, lanterns and more.
Activities include Pie Night, Crazy Clue Car contest registration, and a soup and sandwich fellowship. An old-fashioned potluck meal is on Sunday, and it winds down Sunday evening with preaching and finger food fellowship.  All are welcome to attend.
Local Celebrations
Birthdays-Emalee Smith, Marcia Pemberton, Julie Smith, Ervin Garrison, Trevor Willms, Pam Gurtener, Raychael Voelker and Mannie Grames.
Anniversary-Frank and Shelly Rook.
Bill Stine Flew on Honor Flight
Lewis (Bill) Stine, a World War II Navy veteran, participated in the Central Illinois Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5. His youngest daughter, Nancy Kistler was his guardian for the day.
The flight took off from Decatur Airport and landed at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.
The group of 76 veterans, their guardians, nurses, TV crew, photographer and volunteers boarded busses and toured the Iwo Jima, Navy World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Lincoln memorials. They visited Arlington National Cemetery, and witnessed the changing of the guard and the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
At the World War II Memorial, Bill was surprised by three of his grandchildren, Brian and John Herrmann, Chris Kramer and his great-grandson, Isaac Kramer. They traveled to the area on Tuesday and met up with the group on Wednesday. Needless too say, Bill was very surprised, but enjoyed his time spent with the extra family members.
It was a day filled with honor and thanks. Throughout the day, complete strangers came up to the veterans to shake their hands and thank them for their service.
The honoring began before the veterans ever got to the airport; large flags lined the roadways as they approached.
In Decatur, as well as in Washington, the fire departments honored the plane full of vets with a water arch. Soldiers aided the vets at every turn, and flags waved as well.
Bill’s driveway was lined with flags upon his return to Brownstown, which a fitting ending to an amazing day. Bill and the family are very appreciative to Brownstown VFW Post 9770 for its support on this trip.
Golden Years Club hosts Fayette County Health Department
The Fayette County Health Department visited the Golden Years Club building on Tuesday, Oct. 11, taking free blood pressure readings before the club meeting and administering flu and pneumonia shots after the meeting.
Fourteen members were present as the club president, Charlie Reece,  gave the welcome and recognized the October birthdays.
He asked the blessing and asked the birthday people present to be served first.
Following the potluck meal, and Don and randy’s kitchen cleanup duty,  Reece called the meeting to order, and Don Smail, treasurer, gave the financial report, which included the report of the recent ham and beans dinner. There were 16 meals served in the room and 15 meals prepared to go.
Lucille Fisher’s Oct. 15 sale was announced. Discussion was held regarding the upcoming all-the-soup-you-can-eat homemade soup dinner & bazaar. The cost is $5, and the menu includes drink and one serving of desert of your choice (pies and cakes).
The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tables will be available for those wishing to participate in the bazaar at a cost of  $5 per table. For more information or to rent a table, call 427-3769.
Following the meeting, the health department administered flu shots to 50 people. Registered nurses Taunya Ohnesorge and Cindy Hof took the blood pressures and administered the flu shots, assisted by Beth Riedle and Julie Opfer.
First Christian Church Women’s
Ministry Host Seminar
The Brownstown First Christian Church Women’s Ministry hosted a two-day seminar Oct. 7-8.
Churches represented were First Christian Church, Crown Point Church and Northside Christian Church of Vandalia and Liberty Christian Church.
Friday’s session was opened by Faye Watson with prayer.  The theme was “Loving Well,”  based on Beth Moore’s Bible study.
Music was provided by vocalist Cathy Smith and pianist Susan Smith.
Vicki Robinson and Jasmine Cruz presented a skit, followed by games organized by Sherry Meador and Elaine Culbertson. Following a video and related comments by Tena Gould,
Cathy Smith closed the evening with a song and prayer.
Saturday’s session began at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts in the fellowship hall.
Faye Watson opened the session with prayer and Cathy Smith sang.
Following games, a special ladies trio (Susan Smith, Joann Strobel and Cathy Smith) sang.  A video was viewed, followed by prayer and related commentary by Tena Gould.
A brief break offering cheese, crackers and fruit was taken, followed by music by Cathy Smith.  After a third video was viewed, Gould asked the blessing for the noon lunch.
A special event was held in the auditorium, Accompanied by Rick and Cody Cox, Cathy Smith led in prayer and song prior to viewing the fourth video.
After comments and discussion on all four videos, Gould led the closing prayer.  Special appreciation was given for Watson and Gould for organizing the sessions, and also to Charlie Watson, for preparing the food served.  Many gifts were presented for the winners of the games.    
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Christian Church was greeted by John and Jacy Schaub, and Brian Smith, and welcomed by Jim Dann.
Katie Carson, Brittany White and Erin Schaub led in song, accompanied by musicians Eddie Carson, Brady Wright, Kim Miller and Tammy Carson.
Delmar Miller shared the praises and prayer requests and led in prayer. ,White and Barb Morrison contributed special music, with Dick Childress, Eddie Carson and Wright accompanying.
Dann delivered the message. Vernon Brazle led the Communion meditation and prayer. Brian Smith led the offertory prayer.                   
Also serving: serving at the table-Vernon Brazle, Jim Dann; serving the congregation-Bob Buzzard, Craig Daughtery, John Grames, Aaron Miller, Josh Robison, Brian Smith; assistants: Mark Schaub, Gary Smith; ushers-Gary Smith, Brian Smith; sound system-Tom Mayes; PowerPoint-Aaron Miller; nursery-Jacy Schaub, Paitlyn Miller; Communion prep-Sherri Bechel; Communion rounds-Dave Morrison, Brad Smith; and van driver-Kyle Anderson.
• Trunk or Treat has been set for Monday, Oct. 31, in the high school parking lot. Sign up if you plan to be a part of this night.
• October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Take this time to encourage Erin, Joe and Jim.
• Leadership meeting is Oct. 24 at 7 p.m; elders meeting, 7 p.m.; board meeting, 8 p.m.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday worship.
Carol Severns served as liturgist, and Bradley Schwarm lighted the altar candles. Hubert Williams and Schwarm presented the titles and offerings. The sermon was delivered by Don Thomas.
Jenna Townsend and Renna Kelly led the children’s Sunday school and fellowship. Flo Allen led the adult class.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Charlie and Faye Watson.
Cathy Smith and Adrienne Kinney led in songs of praise, accompanied by musicians Walt Kinney, Chuck Enlow, Rick Cox, James Schaible and Robin Lovett. John Robinson led the opening prayer. Scripture was read by the congregation.
Special music was contributed by the Crusaders Sunday school class singing, “Onward Christian Soldiers,” accompanied by Lovett. John Robinson delivered the message.
John Robinson shared the praises and prayer requests, and led in prayer. Matthew Smith led the Communion meditation and prayer. Charlie Watson led the offering meditation and prayer.
Robison closed the service with prayer.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Ellen Willms; a.m. nursery-Joann Strobel; toddler worship-Tena and Ron Gould; Quest-4-Christ –Billie Enlow and team; Communion to shut-ins-Toby Tackett and Bill Smith; serving the congregation-Larry Pilger, Duane Willms, Jack Shelton, Don Willms, Steve Storm; usher-Matthew Smith; librarian-Liz Oberlink; and PowerPoint-Penny Cox.
Youth Sunday-Oct. 30: The youth will lead the a.m. service. Fall Harvest is that day at 4:30 p.m.