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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Baptized
    Christopher Aiden Pontious, son of Adam and Julie Pontious, was baptized on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Salem Lutheran Church.
    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé, Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Visit Nursing Home
    Belinda and Mahala Harpster visited Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday. They took Mahala’s Dalmatian, Norman, to visit the residents.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of HCE, 1:30 p.m.,
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, September 7
    • A benefit for 5-year-old Jack Nall, son of Rob and Laura Nall, will be held at Friendship Manor Nursing Home, which is seeking donations of baked goods and craft items to sell and/or cash donations for the Nall family.

  • Fayette County 4-H'ers do well at state fair

    More than 2,500 4-H exhibits from across the state were evaluated and displayed during the Illinois State Fair, and Fayette County 4-H’ers were part of that exhibition, with 14 members making the long trip to Springfield on Monday, Aug. 13, to have their project work evaluated. They earned the right by being selected in the top of their divisions at the Fayette County 4-H Show June 29-30 in Brownstown.

  • Frogtown News

    Anniversary
    Myron and Della Pontious celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Old Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia on Saturday.
    Those people attending were from Wisconsin, St. Louis, Mo., Columbia, Ill., Effingham, Teutopolis and St. Peter.
    Airlifted to St. John’s
    Helen Limes, mother of Belinda Harpster, both of St. Peter, was airlifted to St. John’s hospital in Springfield on Thursday night. She returned home on Monday.
    Weekend Visitors

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy Scheduled for Elective Surgery
    Katy, the newest little doggie face on the Homestead, is now 19 weeks old and will soon have her doggie elective (?) surgery.
    The decision has also been made that she is ready to attend obedience classes. It isn’t that she is bad-tempered or mean in any way. On the other hand, she is overwhelmingly affectionate.
    She loves to play and wants everyone to play with her, all of the time.
    She is also proving to be a good watchdog and alerts us when anything moves in the edge of our yard in the woods.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 30
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.   
    • The first of four programs sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension will be at 7 p.m. at the U of I Extension Office in Vandalia at 118 N. Sixth Street. It is “Beyond Ash and Maple-Tree Selection,” and will be offered via the University of Illinois Telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois.

  • Reunions

    Shepard
    Descendants of the late John Harlen and Mary Etta (Stone) Shepard gathered at Patoka Christian Church in Patoka on May 26 for a carry-in dinner.
    Twenty-seven members of the family attended the reunion. Diane Arnold offered the blessing for the meal.

  • Siblings Reunion

    Children of William and Sophia Ehrat recently enjoyed a reunion in Vandalia with their sister, Dorothea Albright (seated).

    Behind her, from left to right, are Grace Albrecht of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Walter Ehrat of Vandalia; Berniece McCoy of Denver, Colo.; Arthur Ehrat of Virden; and Ruth Ruprecht of Salem.

  • Reunion

    Buzzard
    On Sunday, Aug. 12, descendants of Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Frazier Buzzard held a reunion at the Greenland Baptist Church in the new Fellowship Hall at Beecher City. At least 110 descendants and friends attended.
    The church was founded and built on one acre of land donated by Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Buzzard 153 years ago.
    Shirley Gregg Hall and Carol Buzzard Bell greeted everyone at the registration table, having all sign in and giving everyone name tags for names and designating which child of Daniel and Mary’s they descended from.

  • Hoviouses' grandson plays on traveling baseball team

    Justyn Allen, son of Jeff and Michele (Hovious) Allen of Paris, Ill., and grandson of Earl and Deanna Hovious of Brownstown, played on a traveling team in Paris this summer.