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Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Search is On for …
    … a friend for Lady, the lonely little mini-mare.
       Lady, sadly, is the only mini-horse (or barn critter) we have left, as her family expired some time ago. She and Smoky, the (adorable) little burro, shared the barn and seemed to get along OK. They each had their own barn space, separated by a cattle panel, and each had their own privacy pen, also separated by cattle panels down the center.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 11
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. This is for St. Elmo High School graduates.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, September 13

  • Frogtown News

    Girls Trip
    Belinda Harpster, Amy Reiss and Stacey Bergmann, all of St. Peter, traveled to Jackson, Mo., on Friday and stayed at the home of Ben and Amanda Eller while the Ellers were out of town.
    On Saturday, they attended the 61-Mile Yard Sale, from Jackson to St. Genevieve, Mo.
    The trip ended with a visit to The Cave winery in St. Genevieve, Mo. They all returned home on Sunday.
    Death
    The Augsburg and St. Peter communities are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Jeanette Sasse on Sunday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy LongHorn & the Bovine Family
    Betsey, Geneva, the Bartels girl, “Red” and the youngsters are doing well as they lead a quiet life. The most excitement they have is when the garbage truck comes for the monthly pickup and when Bill uses the weed cutter in the back yard. They run to the fence for both events.
    Otherwise, things are pretty routine for them. They graze until early evening, then they can be seen moving over to the northwest of their pasture in a line. The Bartels girl is usually in the lead, with Betsy bringing up the end of the line.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Sandra Lovett.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 6
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open.

  • Lions Candy Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday as Lions Candy Day in Vandalia.

    With Gottman is John Dotray, the current president of the Vandalia Lions Club. This Friday, Lions members will be accepting donations that will be used to support the Lions' sight and hearing programs.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Tolerating Heat Wave
    (Rancher Bill feeling heat)
    In answer to several inquiries, the critters all seem to be handling the hot temperatures, as they are eating, drinking water, sleeping and resting well, and behaving as usual.  
    Their head caregiver, Bill, is feeling the discomfort more, although he is eating, and drinking water and lemonade in unusual large quantities, especially when he is weed-eating, mowing, and feeding and watering for the above mentioned critters.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, August 27
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, August 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • In the afternoon, maps for the city garage sales will be available at city hall, Casey’s, Dollar General, St. Elmo Pet Clinic, St. Elmo Foods and Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 29
    • City garage sale maps will be available.
    Saturday, August 30
    • St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Celebration starts.

  • Reunion

    Rhodes
    The 56th Rhodes reunion will be held at noon on Sunday at the blue building in St. Elmo Park.
    Meat, drinks and table service will be provided, and those attending are asked to take a covered dish. They may also take an item for a door prize.
     

  • 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.