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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Recovering from Surgery
    Larry Urban of St. Peter underwent double knee replacement surgery on July 2 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, and Mahala Harpster and fiancé Nathan Jacquin visited him on July 4.
    Sue Urban spent a few nights with Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo., while awaiting his release. Larry is now recovering at home.
    Birthday Celebration
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated her birthday on Sunday by attending the Cardinals game at St. Louis.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on June 27 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 30 members and four guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the pledge to the flag. Brock Fisher gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mulhern called the meeting to order. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.  Birthdays and anniversaries for June were also read.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Critter Riddle
    What kind of critter would chew the plastic nozzle off of a new, but used,  5-gallon gas container? Answer: We just don’t know.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their son, Mitch Harpster and family, of Cape Girardeau, M0.
    On Saturday, they attended the sixth birthday party of grandson Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    Others attending the party were: Amanda, Ben and Madison Eller; Ron, Diane and Annie Eller; Janay Dalton; Cleve, Rhonda and Aubree Hunter; Heidi Hunter and Bruce Millard; and Natalie and Carolyn Stein.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, July 6
    • Because of the Fourth of July weekend, the St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open today, but will be open next Saturday. Also, as of this week, it is open Monday evenings for the summer months.
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat lunch together can do so in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Frogtown News

    Marriage
    Zak French and Rachel Schnmidt were married on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Fairview Heights. The Rev. Tom Molini performed the ceremony. Zack is the son of Mike and Jill Butts of St. Peter.
    Death
    Charles “Chuck” Dunaway formerly of this area, died on June 14, 2013. Services were held at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, Ind.
    Attend Shower

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    From The Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda’s Mystery Eggs – Blackie and Rhonda’s (hens) have always made a production of producing nice, big, brown eggs. However, recently, there was a reduction in the size of the eggs in both hens!
    We could understand maybe a slight change in one, but we are puzzled why both seemed to slack off in the size of their eggs at the same time.
    Sneaky Pate, the wily wolf, had been sighted a couple of times, but would anxiety and/or fear cause a reduction in egg size?

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 27
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • All 4-H general projects have to be checked in at Brownstown Elementary School, 4-7 p.m.
    Friday, June 28
    • The Fayette County 4-H General Project Show, 5-8 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School.
    Saturday, June 29
    • St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Reunion

    The Hoffman family reunion was held on June 16 at Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Four Hoffman families were represented at the reunion, those of Leonard, Harry, Edmund and Arnold.
    A member of the Harry Hoffman family, Ed Hoffman, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Aug. 9.
    Members of Albert Hoffman’s family present were: Evelyn Probst of Ramsey; Connie Weller of Bethalto; Gail Greer of O’Fallon; Peyton Greer of Austin, Texas; May Della Probst of Bingham; Alan Probst of Fillmore; and Keith and Donna Probst, Connor and Gretchen of Estherville, Iowa.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Night Woods Critters are active
    With all the rains, which soften and muddy the yard, we are seeing tracks of various little night critters who come out of the woods at night.
    The Homestead Security Team of Katy, the black Lab/blue heeler mix, and Josie, the 13-year-old “puppy,” don’t really patrol diligently, or even together, but each responds to the presence of woods critters in their own way.