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Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    School Days,
    School Days …
    … have begun for this year, and I was fortunate enough to be at the elementary school for a few minutes amid the excitement, chattering and laughter amid some also very serious, wondering expressions on the younger faces that first day.
    When I dropped back by later, Sherry was getting ready for the dismissal at the end of the day, so I stood back out of the way and watched as the little bodies with the big backpacks headed for their buses, with Sherry and another lady making sure they boarded the right bus.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 25
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, August 26
    • Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry, 4-7 p.m. See additional info following the announcements.
    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sports Boosters’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Selma Quade, 99, of Edgewood, died on Friday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Birth
    Brian and Rhiannon Wodtka are the parents of a daughter, Emma Neri Elizabeth was born on Aug. 16, 2016.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by her brother, Michael.
    Grandparents are Kevin and Bev Wodtka, and Denton and Darletta Brasel.
    Baptism

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Singing in the Rain’
    In answer to the frog inquiries, we figured that Tarzan, the little tree frog, would have left our porch by now, but we have noticed that every time it rains, he vocalizes with his little frog sound, as if welcoming the “rain drops falling on his head.” We also like to hear him at night, as he joins in the night sounds on the homestead.
    Bill heard another little frog nearby, seeming to answer Tarzan, so we have named her “Jane.”

  • Frogtown News

    School Starts!
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School starts classes this Thursday, with early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. There will also be early dismissal at 1 p.m. on Friday.
    Prairie Days News
    The Prairie Days Committee is asking for residents’ help with  donations of cakes for the cake walk.
    You can take cakes to the park prior to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
    Donations of pies for the lunch stand are also needed. The pies can be taken to the food stand (north pavilion) any time Saturday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 18
    • St. Elmo Educational Foundation annual meeting, 7 p.m., St. Elmo CUSD District No. 202 office. Directors and officers will be elected. There will be a discussion on fundraising activities and accomplishments. See more information after the Aug. 25 announcement.
    Saturday, August 20

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Cogburn, the Homestead Head Banty Rooster …
    … is the only  rooster on the place and is crowing even as this is being written. He is on the job early in the mornings and is getting prettier every day.
    The ladies (Rhonda and Blackie hens) seem quite happy with Cogburn and have accepted him on the chicken roost.
    He is not only a handsome little guy, he makes sure they both come to the pan to eat by making his little noises to them. We suspect he may have a tendency to be a bit controlling, but the ladies don’t seem to mind.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Monday, August 15
    • Historical Vandalia Inc, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office.    
    Thursday, August 18

  • Frogtown News

    Spends Night with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin spent the night with her grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, on Friday.  
    On Sunday, Dane, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to see Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont and ate lunch in Altamont.
    On Saturday, Seth and Konrad Bergmann spent the afternoon with Belinda Harpster. Later, they went for McDonald’s and ice cream.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 154.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.

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