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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the fifth birthday party of their grandson, Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.
    Those attending were: Ron and Diane Eller of Salem, Anna Lou Eller of Salem, Heidi Hunter and Bruce of Fruitland, Carolyn Stein of Salem, Natalie Stein of Cape Girardeau, Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, and Doug and Pam Stein of St. Peter.
    Attend Baptism
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of grandson, Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 4
    • Have a happy 4th of July.
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11.
    Thursday, July 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Koontz.
    Saturday, July 7
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat together can meet in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Princess Party

    The Vandalia Performing Arts Center held a Princess Party on Saturday, with 17 young girls attending.

    The party included nail-painting, karaoke, bouncy house, games, craft work and a princess cake (second photo). The girls also had their photo taken with Miss Fayette County Marisa Thomason and Jr. Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield (first photo).
     

  • Reunion

    Hoffman
    The Hoffman Family Reunion met at Rogier Park in Vandalia on June 17.
    Five families were not represented: Leonard, Harry, Edmund, Arnold and Raymond Hoffman.
    • Albert Hoffman family members present were: Evelyn and Gary Probst of Ramsey, Connie Weller of Bethalto, May Delia Probst of Bingham, and Alan and Christy Probst of Fillmore.
    -Marriage in family: Kirsten Probst and Vijay Santhakumar on Oct. 2, 2011.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy’s Puppyhood (Thus Far)
    “Katydid” (Katy for short) will be 10 weeks old this week and seems to be getting taller already.
    As she is (allegedly) a black lab/blue heeler mix, we expect her to be a big, outside dog to scare away the opossums, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, bears, etc.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 150. The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Acolyte was Haley Bergmann.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    -Merle Crain
    -Charlotte Hames
    -Arlene Lee
    Birthdays
    • Brian Gehle
    • Debbie Bergmann
    • Darrell Schaal
    • Robert Carpenter
    • Alexis Roberts
    • Joan Schaal

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 27
    • The Royal Neighbors of America #5784 will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Altamont McDonald’s for the birthdays’ celebration.
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the unit office to hold a budget amendment hearing and to vote on the budget.
    Thursday, June 28
    • The summer reading program will have a special program, Swords and Roses, at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • FAYCO Quilt Winner

    Sherry Wadkins of Patoka, left, was the winner of a quilt given away in a raffle held by FAYCO Enterprises Inc.

    The quilt has an appraised value of $1,600 and was donated to FAYCO by Spools of Fun Quilt Club. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase an AED machine for emergency CPR. Wadkins purchased her ticket at County Market in Vandalia. Presenting the quilt to Wadkins was Risé Sahr of FAYCO.

  • FCH Auxiliary Scholarships

    The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary awarded two scholarships at its June meeting.

    Samantha Stefanski of Vandalia, left, is pictured receiving a $500 scholarship to Lakeview College in Danville from Sayona Perry, president of the FCH Auxiliary. Stefanski is working toward a bachelor's degree in nursing. Also receiving a scholarship from the auxiliary was Julie Schilling of Brownstown, who will be attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue a career in the medical field. Schilling was unable to attend the meeting.

  • Lawson reunion is planned

    Several months ago, two members of the Lawson family began researching their family history on ancestry.com from different areas in the United States.
    Through the wonders of the Internet and Facebook, they have connected and would like to connect with more of the extended family.
    Based on what family members have learned, they probably have relatives in each of the 50 states.
    Therefore, there will be a Lawson family reunion, on Saturday, July 28, at St. James Lutheran Church, located at 727 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.