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Area News

  • 'Gang' from VCHS class of 1953 remembers Isbell

    What started out as a donation of a tree to the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus led to a donation for music students at the campus.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Baptism and Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of their grandson, Aaron James Harpster, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday, March 30.
    Aaron’s godparents are Caleb Kline and Heidi Hunter.
    Following the baptism, a dinner/reception was held in the church fellowship hall. The second birthday of grandson Owen Harpster was also celebrated.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Little Josie’s Necessities of Life
    Lately, as I have been busier and busier with coming and goings, little Josie seems to be needing more and more one-on-one attention.
    As some of our readers will remember, Josie was the tiniest of a litter of four. She was so tiny that she reminded us of a little bit of left-over biscuit dough – you know, when it is just a scrap from the biscuit cutter, not really enough for another biscuit?
    Bill actually massaged her tiny little chest very gently to get her to breathe.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 10.
    • The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of God at 3002 Thrill Hill Road in Vandalia.
    Saturday, April 5
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    S.O.S. (Signs of Spring)
    No. 1-We are seeing smidgens of green in the pasture and yard now, and we have noticed Betsy and the bovine family grazing a little, in addition to the nice big bales of hay that friend Josh Behrends brings to them.
    No. 2-We have seen a fly, a ladybug and (much to Bill’s discomfort) a spider. Fortunately, the crawly, creepy critters were all outside.
    No. 3-We have had reports of frogs calling, a sure sign of spring, and as I mentioned before, the little wild birds are singing in the early mornings.

  • Frogtown News

    Recovering from Surgery
    Little Miss Fayette County Reagan Roberts of St. Peter is recovering from surgery to repair a brain bleed and skull fracture she sustained in an accident at her home last Friday evening.
    She was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Friday night and underwent surgery on Saturday. She is now out of ICU and expected to make a full recovery.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 29
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet now has spring and summer clothes. It will be open from 9 a.m.-noon in the First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • National Public Health Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 7-11 as National Public Health Week.

    With Gottman is Rhonda Andrews, administrator of the Fayette County Health Department. The proclamation recognizes that "strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health."

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    From the (Productive) Chicken Roost
    One of the two Homestead Hen, either Rhonda or Blackie, is now producing eggs. Both have bright red combs (a sign of laying eggs), but only one seems to be producing at present. The eggs are nice, large ones.
    The girls seem happy and content in their modern, new home. When I came home and was unlocking my door, one of them was just singing and making little hen sounds so prettily.

  • Frogtown News

    Card Shower
    A card shower is being held for the 90th birthday of Harry Busse on March 24. Cards may be sent to: Harry Busse, c/o Evergreen Nursing & Rehab, 1115 N. Wenthe Drive Effingham, Ill. 62401.
    Soup Luncheon
    Immanuel Lutheran Church/Augsburg Ladies Aid LWML will host its annual soup luncheon on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. and serving until soup is gone. Menu: chili, chicken noodle soup, peanut butter and chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade desserts and beverages.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church