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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Amanda and Belinda enjoyed Christmas shopping in Tuscola on Saturday. Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., also spent the weekend to deer hunt with Dane.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 188.
    Jamie Lotz was the organist. Dennis Wollin served as acolyte. Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin were attending elders.
    There will be no Saturday evening services in December.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending can take food or donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • The St. Elmo 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, December 12

  • Donations to Shriners' Hospitals

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE and ABATE Chapter 27 ($4,800) and JK Builders ($1,000) recently made donations to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

    The ABATE chapter also donated a box of shirts for children in the hospitals. In front are Jim Pryor and Terri VanHuss of ABATE, Ron Rauch of the Old National Trail Shrine Club and Kathlynn Max of J&K Builders. In back are Mick Eddington and Eric Ward of ABATE, Carl Hall of Shriners Hospitals, Bob White of ABATE and Jeremy Marx of JK Builders.

  • 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.