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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Helen Limes of St. Peter, Renee Key and Mike Harmon of Edgewood and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.
    Later that afternoon, the family took Harper to meet her great-grandmother, Mary Harpster, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Belinda’s brother, Tony Limes of Ridgely, Tenn., visited later that evening.
    Weekend Visitors

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Baby Bucky Donkey’s First Winter
    Little Buckwheat (a.k.a. Baby Bucky) is probably wanting to return to
    his former home in Okawville, where he was born and lived with Ron and Rhonda Gronnet. It was warm weather at that time and he hadn’t experienced winter weather.
    Since Bucky and his mother, Madricka, moved to the Homestead in October, we have had downpours of rain, a little bit snow and sleet (among some almost summer-like days).

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club Christmas party, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are to take items for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    Friday, December 5
    • Friday is the last day for Freedom Reigns in Christ to accept items for the clothing give-away. Check the info in the following article.
    Saturday, December 6

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 27
    • Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
    Sunday, November 30
    • The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
    • First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
    Monday, December 1

  • Golden Years hosts mobile food pantry

    It was a busy day at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown on  Thursday, Oct. 30, as they opened the club’s doors to Sister Sandra and the Catholic Charities Mobile Food Pantry of Effingham, which partnered with Brownstown United Methodist Church, Golden Years seniors and numerous other local volunteers to  provide food for one hundred area families.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and his brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria, spent the Thursday through Sunday with Mitch’s parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 163.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Brodie Chambers served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Mark Dunaway

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Barn Appreciated by Barn Critters
    The critter barn is now sheltering the donkeys, Madricka and her young son, Buckwheat (Baby Bucky), and of course, Lady, the senior mini-horse.
    The first night, Madricka objected to the barn door being closed and even butted her head against it. However, she is fine with that now and they have all stayed inside the barn when the weather is inclement.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Bucky Burro’s First Snow
    We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
    Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.

  • Frogtown News

    Births
    Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lotz of St. Peter are the parents of a baby girl, born on Oct. 21, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her name is Paisen Leigh.
    She has a 2 ½ year old brother, Dexten.
    Her grandparents are Mr. and Mr. Dean Lotz, Donna Quast, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bartels.
    Great grandparents are Melba Lawrence, Mary Allen and Lela Lotz.
    Nathan and Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., are the parents of a daughter, born on Nov. 11, 2014.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church is having a Thanksgiving turkey potluck for the entire church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service will be provided by the class; those attending are to take a side dish – a salad, vegetable or dessert.
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, November 23