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Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Star is No Longer Earthbound
    We lost our little feathered friend recently. Star, the little white dove who had brought so many enjoyable moments to our lives, outstretched fanned out her pretty wings for the final time the eve of spring and left a real void at her window.
    She was 18½ years old and had been with us all of her life. When she first came to the Homestead, we also had Angel, the ring-neck dove, and we placed their large cages side by side in the big window.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on March 28 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 31 members and six guests present. Guests attending were Kenneth and Angie Hagan, Millie Brooks, George Feezel, Amy Greer and Pat Hamilton.
    President Dean Black welcomed all members and guests followed by the pledge to the flag. Pat Caldwell gave the meal blessing.
    After the meal, Black opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their continued support for his wife, Elloise, and others facing health issues.

  • Women attend HCE conference

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Representing Fayette County HCE (District 6), Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Anna Jean Rhodes and Debbie Segrest attended the three-day 89th annual conference of the Illinois Association  for Home and Community Education at the Keller Convention in Effingham on March 12-14. Blackwell and Segrest were also voting delegates. Also representing Fayette County for part of the conference were Debbie Swain, Phyllis Pryor and Elizabeth Kasten.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Katy-Did’ – An All-Weather Doggie
    As this was the first pretty deep snow in Katy’s young life, we wondered how she would take to it. No problem!
    She went outside wagging her tail (behind her) and showed no distress or uneasiness as she went about her usual business.  She seems to be an all-weather dog, as she doesn’t mind the rain, either.

  • Frogtown News

    Birth
    Brandon and Amberley (Barnick) Wells of Farina are the parents of a son, Caedyn James, born on March 19, 2013.
    He weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 18 inches long.  
    Grandparents are Stacey and Lynn Bergmann of St. Peter, Bill Wells of Salem, and Carla and Charles Hassebrock of Edgewood.
    Weekend Basketball

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • A Maundy Thursday “come and go” communion, 5-7 p.m., First Church of God.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, March 29

  • Soroptimists now taking banquet reservations

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, April 12, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 or 267-7637 no later than Monday, April 8. Limited seating is available, so those planning to attend are encourage to make reservations early.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs.

  • Frogtown News

    Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Swampy’ has a playmate
    We, the old Homesteaders, took the liberty to name the new little calf in neighbor Scott’s pasture “Swampy,” because the recent rains have left the pasture grounds soggy in places, namely near the little guy’s (or girl’s) birth site.
    As the cold winds were also blowing, we were concerned about him, but he is doing fine. There is a big shed for shelter, but longhorn cattle don’t seem to like a roof over their heads.