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Area News

  • Tea party has PTELL petitions out

    As a result of the Sept. 1 Effingham Area Tea Party meeting, three businesses are hosting PTELL tax cap petitions.
    Residents may sign a petition at Pine Ridge Homes on West Randolph Street in Vandalia, Donaldson’s Service in Beecher City of Artcraft Press on Ill. Route 33 at Lake Sara Road in Effingham.
    The next Tea Party rally will be held on Oct. 5 at the Effingham VFW Home, with a free weiner roast at 5:30 p.m. and the main speaker, Bruno Berend, at 7 p.m.

  • Reunions

    Richards
    The 56th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 15 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, with 79 in attendance.
    Those present discussed the family tree project that is in progress.
    The business meeting was called to order by the vice president, Virgil Richards. Jamie Elmore gave the 2012 minutes and treasurer’s report.
    Marcy Jones gave the historian’s report: one death, Everett R. Jarrett, on Dec. 20, 102; no marriages; and one birth, Rylee Jean Elmore, to Justin and Tasha Elmore on Dec. 1, 2012.

  • Sefton HCE holds annual Hobo Day dinner

    The Home and Community Education Sefton Unit held their third annual Hobo Day dinner and meeting on Sept. 12.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (Adorable)  Little Donkey …
    … is showing signs of missing us being around the house in the woods, although we go back there every day and Bill goes at least twice a day. Now he comes to the fence, and when I walk toward him, he sidles up alongside, wanting to be petted. It will be interesting to see Smoky’s reaction to the longhorns and vice-versa.

  • Frogtown News

    Wedding
    On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter.
    The bride is the daughter of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, and the groom is the son of Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.

  • Frogtown News

    Wedding
    On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, St. Peter.
    The bride is the daughter of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, and the groom is the son of Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 19
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, September 21
    • The St. Elmo/Brownstown FFA Runs will be held at Happy Hollow Family Farms. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the runs start at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 per entry. The website is: www.happyhollowfarms.vpweb.com.
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    Sunday, September 22

  • Tea Party has petitions at three businesses

    As a result of the Sept. 1 Effingham Area Tea Party meeting, three businesses are hosting PTELL tax cap petitions.
    Residents may sign a petition at Pine Ridge Homes on West Randolph Street in Vandalia, Donaldson’s Service in Beecher City of Artcraft Press on Ill. Route 33 at Lake Sara Road in Effingham.
    The next Tea Party rally will be held on Oct. 5 at the Effingham VFW Home, with a free weiner roast at 5:30 p.m. and the main speaker, Bruno Berend, at 7 p.m.

  • Reunion

    Grubaugh
    The Charles Grubaugh family reunion was held on Aug. 25 at Vandalia City Park.
    One wedding was reported: Desi Durbin to Kendal Henschen on Sept. 28, 2012.
    Two deaths were reported: David Cearlock and Helen “Pat” Doyle.
    One birth was reported: Kayla Michelle Wright on July 16, 2013, to Michelle and Marc Wright.
    Those attending were:
    • From Greenville-Betty Smail, Cindy and Kenny Burge, Dennis and Judy Widger, and Teresa, Cody and Nathan Heckman.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    Blackie and Rhonda hens seem to be working on a split shift, each laying an egg every other day. Otherwise, they seem fine, eating, bugging and drinking their water. We are working on planning a new enclosure for them at our new home site. We want them to have room to bug, but we want to make them a covered pen as we see and hear an occasional chicken hawk flying over, so (for us) that limits the size of the pen.  
    We also want to fix the bottom of the pen to discourage any varmints from digging under to threaten them.