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Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Nature’s Critter’s “Sound(s) of Music”
    The melodic sounds of the wild birds have been so prevalent over other sounds, even over the I-70 road traffic, and we have enjoyed them so much. This weekend, as we worked outside, we noticed more little creatures joining the chorus

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 3
    • The World Day of Prayer will be held at noon at St. Elmo City Hall.
    • Because of the World Day of Prayer , the St. Elmo Business Association will not meet until Thursday at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Ryan’s at Effingham. Those going are to meet at 5:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.
    Friday, May 4

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    National Pet Week
    The week of May 6 is designated as National Pet Week. Let me hear about your pet(s) or memories of your past pets.
    The Scent of an Unwelcome Guest…
    …was detected in the early morning hours on the Homestead, unmistakably that of brother or sister skunk (on the polecat side of the family).
    While it didn’t hold the full-bloom odor of a disturbed critter, it certainly couldn’t be classified as an “aroma,” and it was strong enough to have served as the skunk’s personal calling card.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Trip
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., joined them for dinner.
    The majority of the weekend was spent spoiling the newest addition to the family – 3-week-old Owen.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 137. Sunday morning worship attendance was 94.
    The organist on Sunday was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
    Friday, April 27
    • Items for Boy Scout Troop #444 garage sale can be taken to the Phillips Building from 6-8 p.m. To help start the new troop, donations are needed, and anything will be taken. To schedule a drop-off/pick-up time, call Tamela Bartels-Polanin at 292-7373 or send an e-mail to stacyrocks78@hotmail.com.
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 6:30 p.m. at Brookstone Estates, 1607 W. Fillmore, Vandalia.

  • Golden Years receives check, flag from Woodmen of the World

    Twenty-one members of the Golden Years Club were present for the potluck meeting on Tuesday, April 10, and welcomed 13 guests.

  • HCE holds Get-Acquainted Day

    All seven of the Fayette County Home and Community Education units were represented as the annual Get-Acquainted Day potluck, program and auction fundraiser was held Thursday, April 12, at the Golden Years building in Brownstown.

  • Frogtown News

    Birth
    Wyatt and Terra (Swick) Schnarre of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Gavin Wade, born on April 5, 2012. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long.
    Deaths
    Our community is saddened by the deaths of several lifelong residents:
    • Leroy Hartmann, 85, died on April 11. His funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    • Beaty Grandt, 82, died on April 15. Her funeral will be held on Friday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Our Critter Neighbors, “Straight” & “Flash”
    “Straight” and “Flash” are the two beautiful horses that live in the pasture along our lane and yard, along with our neighbor’s longhorn cattle. We enjoy watching them and enjoy their visits much.
    They seem happy and are high-spirited much of the time. They sometimes act like mischievous boys, as they will suddenly chase the cows for a few minutes, as if they talked about it and said, “Let’s do it!”

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, April 18
    • The Fayette County Republican Committee will meet in the Fayette County Courthouse, probably in the large courtroom. At 6 p.m., the courthouse opens to sign in precinct committeemen as deputy registrars; at 6:30 p.m., there will be a drawing for ballot position for the general election; and at 7 p.m., the meeting will start. At the meeting, the chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and chairwoman will be elected.