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Area News

  • Reunion

    Richards
    The 55th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 16 at the Rogier Park pavilion in Vandalia, with 90 in attendance.
    The business meeting was called to order by Vice President Mike Richards.
    Jamie Elmore gave the 2011 minutes and treasurer’s report.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Trauma on the Homestead
    (Or ‘A Close Encounter of the Worst Kind’)
    Katy, the new Homestead (puppy) Critter, seems to have a talent for escaping her pen (which is plenty roomy, has a gazebo, and a good view of the house and the goings-on, thereof).
    The first time, she learned to unfasten the gate. The second time, she dug a hole under the fence. The good thing is, both times she stayed near the house, although we weren’t home and as she hadn’t seemed to bother anything or anybody, there seemed to be no real problem … we thought.

  • Frogtown News

    Open House
    The children of Lloyd and Joan Schaal of St. Peter hosted an open house for their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Several friends and family were in attendance.
    Baptisms
    Kaly Grace and Ella Karyne Benning, daughters of Matthew and Tina Bennin of St. Peter, were baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Kaly’s sponsors are Mike and Tammy Sasse, and Ella’s sponsors are Lucas Benning and Sally Emerick.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 29

  • Frogtown News

    ID Theft Workshop
    Protect Yourselves Against Identity Theft:  It’s a growing problem that threatens us all.
    Come and learn about how identity theft can occur, obtain valuable tips as to how you might protect yourself and learn about what steps can be taken if you fall victim to this crime.
    Everyone is invited to participate in this educational workshop at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct.  21, at 7 p.m., in the Augsburg Church fellowship hall.
    Attend Festival

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky (the adorable) Little Donkey…
    … either has ESP or ESH (extraordinarily sharp hearing).
    We have noticed this happening in times past and marvel at his ability to know when Bill is pouring and/or sitting down with his morning cup of coffee.
    Bill had just poured his coffee this morning and started to sit down (at 5:15 am) when Smoky brayed his musical “Good Morning,” a reminder to Bill that he and his stable-mates hadn’t had their breakfast yet.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, September 19
    • Kid’s Klub for ages Kindergarten through sixth grade, 7 p.m., First Church of
    God S.H.E.D. Those needing a ride can call 829-3936.
    Thursday, September 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church will have a wiener roast at the rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat at 5 p.m., with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman co-hosts. Hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal.  

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed by the meal blessing by Brock Fisher.
    After the meal was finished, President Dean Black opened the meeting and welcomed the guests.
    The secretary and treasurer report were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read.  It was stated that Ed and Doris Helm were celebrating their 65th anniversary on Sept. 7.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Hummingbirds Filling Their “Tanks”…
    …for the trip south for the winter.
    Several readers have commented on the increased activity around their hummingbird feeders, filling up with nutrients for their trip to their winter headquarters.
    They are amazing little creatures. One wonders if they make “pit stops” along the way south to refuel their delicate little bodies.
    Homestead Barn Critters Still in Summer Coats

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family, in Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, the family enjoyed a cookout at the home of Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller.
    Those attending were: Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Baptism