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Area News

  • 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.

  • Frogtown News

    Melvin and Gladys Graumenz of St. Peter attended the installation service for their granddaughter, Carmen Yagow, as a teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School in Springfield on Sunday.
    Elijah and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., returned home on Sunday after spending the week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    Florence Lange, 84, of Altamont, died on Sunday, Aug. 19. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Name That (Wild) Bird!
    The last few days, we have noticed tiny little birds flying around the Homestead and the lane. They are small, like wild canaries, are in flocks, as canaries fly. But they don’t seem to have the bright colors. They don’t come close enough to get a really good look at them, but seem very tiny.
    The little hummingbirds (all two of them), Rufus and Alice, are hitting the feeder pretty hard. We wonder if they are preparing to go back home early this year.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 23
    • The Illinois Home and Community Education Districts 6-7’s annual meeting will be held at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m.
    Friday, August 24
    • St. Elmo Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. in the home of Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt. Anyone interested in helping save the Elmo Theater is welcome to attend. Those attending can take a dish to share; meat will be provided.

  • Reunion

    Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building. There were approximately 52 in attendance.  

  • Frogtown News

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.