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Area News

  • Tea Party elects officers

    The Effingham area Tea Party elected officers at its meeting last week.
    The new president is Todd Slingerland of Altamont. David Schaefer of Beecher City is the secretary, and Jane Willenborg of Effingham is the returning treasurer.
    The party's next meeting will feature a former Effingham County Board chairman. The topic will be real estate taxes.
    The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Culver's in Effingham.
    New members are always welcome.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    It is a Full Moon!
    The truth is, when there is a full moon, some of the critters’ behavior changes– really!
    For example, Callie, the kitty, has been under our feet almost constantly the last few days. She follows us from room to room, which aggravates Josie, the doggie, to no end.
    She will then lie down across the hallway, which bars Josie from the room. Josie then sits and barks for us to rescue her.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 6
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will have a Christmas party at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Ponderosa. To pool rides, members are to meet at St. Mary’s parking lot at 5:20 p.m. Those attending can take canned goods for Caring and Sharing.
    • The city council meeting scheduled for December 3 was rescheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Phillips Building.
    Friday, December 7

  • Legion, Auxiliary hold Christmas party

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 and Unit 95 Auxiliary held their annual Christmas party on Sunday night at the Legion Home in Vandalia.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Twenty-nine members and three guests enjoyed a luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia on Thursday, Nov. 15, for the monthly meeting of the ExxonMobil Annuitants Club.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher asked the meal blessing.
    After the meal, President Dean Black opened the meeting. The secretary and treasurer reports were given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for November were read.
    Plans for the Christmas party to be held on Dec. 20 at the same location were discussed.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Show
    Amy Reiss and Belinda Harpster, both of St. Peter, attended the performance of “Church Basement Ladies Christmas” at the Effingham Performance Center on Tuesday of last week.
    Family Thanksgiving
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the Family Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Lutheran Care Center in Altamont on Thursday of last week.
    A meal was served at 6 p.m. for the residents and their families.
    There were more than 400 people in attendance.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, November 21
    • Reverb Youth Group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, November 22
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Saturday, November 24
    • The Church of God Reverb youth group fundraiser ends this Saturday. The group sells bags, purses, hair clips, address labels and other organization items to help women around home and work. The items can be ordered in person or online at www.mythirtyone.com/295883.
    Monday, November 26

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Community Thanksgiving Service
    A Community Thanksgiving service was held at First Christian Church of Brownstown Sunday evening.
    A 10-minute prelude was given by Robin Lovett and Susan Smith on the piano, organ and chimes.
    The Ladies Trio of First Christian Church opened the song service with a song with a Latin beat, “It is Good To Give Thanks.” The song service, led by Kevin Bonifacius with Cathy Smith and Joann Strobel, included songs of praise and thanksgiving.

  • Frogtown News

    Volleyball
    The St. Peter Lady Saints traveled to Springfield to compete in the LSA State Volleyball Tournament over the weekend.
    They finished in eighth place out of 24 teams.
    Turkey Supper
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School are having a turkey supper on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in the school gym.
    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and fiancé Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with Mahala’s parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    “It must be the economy” (sound familiar). Egg output has dropped drastically to … nothing.