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Area News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, May 31, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed with Brock Fisher giving the prayer before the meal. After the meal, President Dean Black welcomed everyone, including guests.
    Elloise Black introduced to the group the guest speaker, Lynn Gartke, program director for the Center for Senior Renewal. Gartke gave an outline of all the services that they have to offer at the center.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In Answer to Inquiries…
    …Betsy, the Longhorn, and her “pen pals”  (the Bartels’ girl, Geneva; “Red,” the rebel, and the two youngsters, Minny and Mosia ) are doing fine, contentedly grazing, chewing their cud, napping and switching each other’s backs with their tails for fly control.
    Their pasture is on the east side of the lane. The cows on the west side of the lane belong to our neighbor.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 169.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Guest speaker was the Rev. Donald Antor.
    Acolyte was Kacie Crain.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    Birthdays
    • Curtis Jenne

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
    Saturday, June 9
    • The Altamont Lions Club is hosting a fishing rodeo from 8 a.m.-noon for children through the age of 14 at the Glen Mathis Lake, which is two miles east of Altamont on U.S Route 40. See other info following the announcements.

  • Florene Frappé visits the Golden Years Club

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Twenty-four members and one guest signed the register for the Golden Years meeting on May 8.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Wild Birds
    Last week’s column about the wild birds brought forth several comments from bird watchers. It seems many Fayette County residents provide feeding stations, birdhouses and nesting materials for the little feathered critters.
    Return of the Quail
    The first year we lived here, there was a family of little quail that lived at the north end of the lane. We would sometimes see the little family as we were driving out of the lane. The little ones followed their mother, and we enjoyed them so much.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 31
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, June 1
    • This is the entry deadline for all 4-H show projects
    Monday, June 4
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, June 5
    • Friendly Neighbors, potluck at noon, Phillips Building.
    • The Summer Reading Program starts at the St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, June 6

  • Frogtown News

    Serving in Africa
    Kristofer Reynolds left for Botswana, Africa, on Friday  and will return on May 26. This is to plan for his unit’s four-week annual training in July and August.
    While they are there, they will be building and repairing a road.
    Weekend Guests/Visitors
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critter Corner
    Certain Birds of a Feather…
    …seem to be returning, or at least some of them are.
    When I was a kid, seeing red-winged blackbirds was a common thing as we would be driving along the roads, but the last few years, we hadn’t been seeing them (although Dee Dee Diveley had mentioned she saw them in her neck of the woods).
    We had never seen them on the Homestead since we moved here, about 27 years ago. Then, in the last two weeks, we have seen them along our lane.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 23
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Thursday, May 24
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, May 26
    • The St. Elmo Alumni Banquet, 6 p.m., high school gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Those attending are to go in the south doors of the gym to pick up the tickets and name tags.
    Sunday, May 27
    • A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Old Loogootee Cemetery.
    Monday, May 28