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Area News

  • 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.

  • Good Season for Peppers

    Dale Harbison, right, and Haley Smith display two large peppers that Harbison has grown this summer. Measuring 12 and 9 inches, they are about twice the size of those normally grown by Harbison.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 7
    • For the special August activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 8
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will have a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the unit office.
    Saturday, August 9
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
    Sunday, August 10

  • HCE visits Hodgson Mill

    For the July Home and Community Education activity, to tie in with the HCE theme of “Been Cookin’ for 90 years, Vandalia Day Unit HCE members toured the Hodgson Mill facility in Effingham.
    Tour guide Hope Adams Yingst spoke of the original water mill located in the Missouri Ozarks and the current production at the Effingham plan. Their finest, all-natural, whole-grain products are included in the promotion of balanced nutrition.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday nights with parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Larry, Sue, Kyle, and Olivia Urban joined the family for dinner on Saturday evening. Rollie Henson also visited over the weekend.
    Deaths
    The community was saddened by the passing of beloved coach and teacher Gary Shirley of Kinmundy last week.  

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Too Hot for Hot Dog (Josie)
    All of the larger/outside critters on the Homestead (longhorn cows; Katie, the black lab/blue heeler mix; and the chicken roost inhabitants, namely Blackie and Rhonda) seem to be tolerating the weather temperatures ups and downs well.
    However, Josie, the little 14-year-old “puppy,” cannot tolerate the outside heat for very long nor the hot bricks on the patio. Bill placed throw rugs down on the bricks, so they wouldn’t burn her little feet.

  • Reunions

    Atwood
    The Atwood reunion was held on Saturday, June 28, at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    After a noon meal, the reunion meeting was opened by Connie Grubaugh, in the absence of reunion president Bill Hunter.
    The Lord’s Prayer was recited, and the minutes from the 2013 reunion were read, with no corrections made. Officers for 2015 are: Max Atwood, president; Jim Atwood, vice president; and Connie Grubaugh, secretary/treasurer.