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Area News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 11
    • This Friday is the last day Christmas gifts can be taken to St. Elmo City Hall for the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree. See the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree announcement.
    Sunday, December 13

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    First of All
    Due to the holidays and extra activities, please get your announcements, church bulletins, news, etc., to me as soon as possible for the next two weeks.  Your cooperation is appreciation.
    Homestead Critters Ready for THE BIRTHDAY
    Christmas – the celebration of the birth of their Creator.
    Bright red bows decorate pens of Katie, Bill’s outdoor doggie, and
    a star is set over the window of the little barn window of Lady, the senior mini-horse, and little Buckwheat Burro and his mother, Madricka.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 19, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 27 members and three guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  LaVerne Laux gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mike Mulhern called the meeting to order.
    Members and guests introduced themselves to Fred Newman, who joined the club at the last meeting.
    Laura Mulhern served as acting secretary and read the secretary and treasurer reports, which were approved.

  • Frogtown News

    Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo.; Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.; Mike and Renee Haarmann of Edgewood; Helen Limes of St. Peter; Edwin Hawkey of Farina; and Marvin and Ruby Higgenbotham of Farina.
    Belinda’s brother, Tony Limes of Ridgely, Tenn., stopped by that evening to visit.
    Mitch Harpster and family, and Mahala Jacquin and family spent the remainder of the weekend.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Joe’s Pizza at Altamont.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 5:20 p.m. to carpool to Vandalia. The Christmas party will be at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Capitol View Steak House.
    Friday, December 4

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Josie, the Senior Doggie, Yearning for Texas …
    … Or Florida or the Bahamas, etc. Early Tuesday morning, we heard Josie barking loudly and consistently. Going to see what was wrong, we found her in her little bed in the living room, barking, evidently, because she was cold and her Tinker Bell blanket wasn’t over her.
    We covered her up with her blanket and she quieted right down. It was 73 degrees in the house, which is usually how we like it, but it did seem a little chilly that morning … and she let us know it was not warm enough for her!

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 19
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Pondersoas.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have an all-church Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class is furnishing the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, beverages and all of the table service. Those attending can take a vegetable, a salad or a dessert. This year is the 65th Anniversary of the class and the members hope the dinner will have a good attendance.
    Saturday, November 21

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Ready For Winter…
    … especially little Baby Bucky Burro. His pretty, long ears are now fuzzy, as his is face, which makes him all the cuter. He is just about as tall as his mom, Madricka, but she still corrects him with a stern little “nib” when he is acting up and trying to push her away from the carrots and petting.
    They both watch for the back door to open in the early mornings, and Madricka usually sends a message that it is time for breakfast when she sees us.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Friday through Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Turkey Supper
    The annual turkey supper hosted by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School will be held on Sunday in the St. Peter Lutheran School gym. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is: adults, $10; children, $5; and under 3: free. Carry-outs will be available. Supported by Thrivent Action Team.
    Shawn Lotz Benefit Account
    Shawn Lotz of St. Peter was critically injured on Oct. 25.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Touching Experience … Literally
    Bill has served as custodian for the First Baptist Church for almost 11 years, and this year, also of Unity Baptist Church, (as Temple Baptist on Ill. Route 185 and First Baptist merged earlier in this year), and for that 11 years, he also was custodian for Vandalia Christian Academy, located at First Baptist Church on Sixth street.
    When he recently turned in his resignation as custodian, he made the comment, ‘I am going to miss the kids.”