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Area News

  • Girl Scout Week

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring March 9-15 as Girl Scout Week in Vandalia.

    The proclamation acknowledges that Girl Scouts helps to instill in girls courage, character and confidence. Gottman is shown with members of Daisy Troop No. 8392, Junior Troop No. 8858 and Cadette Troop No. 8382. Troop leaders are: Therese Tate, Daisies; Jamie Keck, Juniors; and Teresa Powell, Cadettes.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorn Cattle (Mini) Stampede
    (John Wayne Style)
    During last week’s storm, the rain and hail seemed to be coming down in sheets and was moving horizontally, rather than vertically, and was scaring Betsy Longhorn and her bovine family.

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Word was received of the death of Lucille Scheer, a former resident of  St. Peter.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
     Baptism
    Julia Wren Taylor, daughter of Shane and Kelly Taylor of Shobonier, was baptized on Sunday  at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Godparents are Bret and Natalie Meyer.
    Card Shower
    The family is requesting a card shower for Jeanette Wodtka’s 80th birthday this Thursday.  Cards may be sent to: 2342 E. 1150 Ave. Farina, Ill. 62838.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, March 1
    • This is the final date to make a reservation for the Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Center annual banquet. See info in the following Lighthouse Pregnancy Center article.
    • A post-prom bake sale, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Little Snowbirds Gathering
    We have noticed a difference in the visitors to our bird feeder since moving to the north end of the lane. We had a lot cardinals, titmouse, snowbirds (in the winter) and woodpeckers at our house in the woods.
    The ones visiting our feeder here are the pretty little snowbirds. Guess our former bird friends are going to have to change their addresses, too, or at least leave the woods and come visit us.
    I’m a little concerned that the hummingbirds will find us here, and also Sneaky Pete, the wily wolf.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Public Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Starting this week, Dave Ramsey will give a nine-week course, “Finance Peace University.” It will be given each Thursday at 6 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church. Those interested, and all are welcome, can attend the first meeting at no charge to learn about the course.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Extension Office in Vandalia.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 30
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, January 31
    • Scouts will have a lock-in in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 6 p.m. on Friday until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
    Saturday, February 1
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Just A Note …
    … to our readers – Thanks for your patience and understanding during the recent weather, which curtailed events and visiting, and caused cancellations of meetings and other regularly scheduled events.
    Also, thanks for concern when I was hit by a “bug” last week, which caused severe dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms.
    We sincerely hope you all stay well, warm and safe. Spring can’t be far away.
    CRITTER CORNER
    Callie, the Kitty getting Cabin Fever

  • Lighthouse banquet in March

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center will hold its annual fundraising banquet in March.
    The banquet committee is excited to announce Mike G. Williams as the 2014 banquet speaker.      
    Williams is a nationally known speaker and writer who has a passion for life. He is heard daily on the SiriusXM Satellite radio’s Laugh USA.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    The Homestead bird feeder has been visited regularly by our little feathered friends, the snowbirds.
    We also suspect a woods critter coming by, as twice we have found the “bowl” part of the feeder overturned, as if furry paws may have hung on to the edge of it.
    We don’t suspect squirrels, as we have not seen any of them at this location, the north end of the lane, and also, the bird feeder bowl is pretty heavy to be tilted over by a little squirrel. We suspect a raccoon or an opossum.