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Area News

  • Frogtown

    Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 13
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Winter Awards Program, 7 p.m., high school Cafeteria.
    Thursday, March 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 16

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Feb. 28 at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 24 members, two new members and four guests present.
    Guests attending were Kenneth and Angie Hagan, Millie Brooks and Pat Hamilton. Mike Mulhern introduced Henry and Raynette Sanchez, who joined the club at this meeting.
    The pledge to the flag was followed by the meal prayer, given by Brock Fisher. After the meal, Vice President Mulhern welcomed everyone. Everyone introduced themselves to the new members.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    A Heartwarming Sign of Spring Along the Lane
    As we were driving along our lane last Monday morning, we witnessed a sign of spring that was heartwarming.
    A mother longhorn cow had just given birth in neighbor Scott’s pasture. She was near the lane fence and had just delivered her baby, a cute little white calf with brown around its face.
    She was nuzzling and washing the baby and we stopped the car to watch the homey scene. However, when I got out of the car to take their picture, she stopped washing the baby to keep an eye on me.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smokey, the Little Burro’s Winter ‘Hair Do’

  • Woodmen Donate Flag to Griffith Cemetery

    On behalf of the Modern Woodmen of the World Lodge 561 of Effingham members Morgan and Phyllis Pryor presented a large U.S. flag to Griffith Cemetery in Brownstown.

    Accepting the flag were Griffith Cemetery representatives Joe Kelly and Donald Smail. The presentation was during the Golden Years Club meeting in Brownstown on Feb. 12. Pictured, from left to right, are Kelly, Smail, Phyllis Pryor and Morgan Pryor.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 28
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension office. At 6 p.m., the trophy Committee will meet at the Extension office. Both meetings are open to anyone interested.
    Saturday, March 2

  • Brownstown quilt drawing some comments about local residents

    Last week’s story about the mysterious quilt found in a bag in a closet of Brownstown house has stirred up some interest, answers, more questions and more interesting stories to follow up on.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Cow Eyes’ Being Made in the Homestead Pasture
    One of the  heifer youngsters, Minny, and neighbor Scott’s bull (which we now call “Romeo”) are making cow eyes at each other, but unfortunately (for them) they are separated by the lane and two electric fences. They were also communicating verbally with forlorn-sounding calls.