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Area News

  • Brownstown-Seton News

    Nature’s Summer Night Sounds
    When we step outside the door at night, we are treated to a chorus of night sounds presented by the various night critters (frogs, insects, etc., and  sometimes, if Katie, the dog, sees a rabbit, cat or coyote in the yard we also hear frenzied barking.  

  • Frogtown News

    Class Reunion
    The Vandalia Community High School class of 1984 held its class reunion on Aug. 2 at the home of Charlie Pryor, north of Frogtown.
    Family Cookout
    Mr. and Mrs. Dan Yagow and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Graumenz of St. Peter attended a family cookout at the Vernon Spilker home in Altamont on Sunday evening. Mr. Spilker is the nephew of Mrs. Graumenz and is retiring from teaching at Immanuel Lutheran School in Altamont.
    Death

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 21
    • The St. Elmo Business Association will have a special meeting at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Friday, August 22
    • This Friday is the final day to pre-register floats for $2 in the St. Elmo Labor Day Parade; floats entered after this date will cost $5. Entries are to be made at the St. Elmo City Hall.

  • Reunion

    Kleinik
    The Kleinik family reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31, in the main pavilion at Patriot’s Park in Greenville.
    A potluck will begin at noon. Those attending are asked to take a covered dish and lawn chair.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on July 31 at  Chinatown Restaurant in Litchfield for their monthly meeting and luncheon, with 22 members and three guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by Brock Fisher. After the meal, Black welcomed everyone.
    The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for July were read. Cards were signed for two members having health problems.

  • Lighthouse Center is Smoke-Free

    The Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Center Board of Directors, in conjunction with Kelly Curll, tobacco coordinator for Fayette County Health Department and health educator for the South Central Illinois Health Coalition, adopted a Smoke-Free Campus Policy at the center, which took effect on Aug. 1.

  • Frogtown News

    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., rented a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Friday through Sunday.
    On Saturday, they visited Dollywood. On Sunday, they went into Gatlinburg and visited Ripley’s Aquarium.
    Sunday evening, they attended the Dixie Stampede show, and later visited with performer Dusti Crain, a native of this area. They all returned home on Monday.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 174.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.

  • HCE members contribute to the fair

    The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met on Monday, July 28, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia.
    The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.   
    Secretary Joyce Mueller read the minutes and took the roll call, with nine members responding: Present were: Sefton Unit-Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing and Panzi Blackwell; St. Elmo-Anna Jean Rhodes; Vandalia Day-Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller and Debbie Segrest: and Wheatland-Karen Hyde.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 13
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Educational special August activity, 11 a.m., Brownstown Hitchin’ Post.
    Thursday, August 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, August 15

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    The recent 4-plus inches of rain this week are keeping the Longhorn cowgirls’ pasture nicely lush and green, and they are happily grazing, relaxing in the sun when it is shining and chewing their cud – the picture of contentment.
    Sometimes they will bellow in romantic-like tones to the bull in neighbor Scott’s pasture across the lane, but then they seem content to return to grazing or just relaxing when there is no response, so there is no problem on either side of the lane.