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Area News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 19
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Prairieland Pickers, 7 p.m., concert on the lawn at Mason Point, 1 Masonic Way, Sullivan.
    Sunday, July 22
    • Prairieland Pickers, 12:30 p.m., Lutheran Church at Shumway.
    Monday, July 23
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, they celebrated Belinda’s birthday at Colton’s Steak House in Washington, Mo., and were joined by Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, MO.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 161. The organist was Jan Mendonca. Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka. Acolyte was Emily Chapman.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Critter Corner Waterin’ Hole is Dry …
    … and the pasture grass is various shades of greenish-yellow and brown.
    We are keeping water available for all the critters all the time, and we even try to keep shallow containers of water out for the tiny creatures, such as little frogs, insects, and bugs, such as lightning bugs and butterflies.
    The longhorn cattle family takes all weather in stride, and can be seen on really hot days lying right out in the sun instead of taking advantage of the shade trees.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 12
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The regular St. Elmo Board of Education meeting this month will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the unit office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Lodge.
    Friday, July 13

  • Reunion

    Doyle-Lawler
    The 57th annual Doyle-Lawler Reunion was held Sunday, June 24, at the Blue Mound Civic Center near Decatur.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In Response to Inquiries
    The Homestead Critters are tolerating the heat and dry weather. Several have asked about the critters, since it has been so hot. Papa Bear Bill has been keeping them supplied with fresh water, and they all have shade and/or shelter.
    •  Betsy LongHorn, the Bartels girl (namely Geneva), and the three youngsters, surprise us, as they do not take advantage of their shade trees.
    They seem to like to lie in the sunshine, even in the 100-plus degree weather.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the fifth birthday party of their grandson, Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.
    Those attending were: Ron and Diane Eller of Salem, Anna Lou Eller of Salem, Heidi Hunter and Bruce of Fruitland, Carolyn Stein of Salem, Natalie Stein of Cape Girardeau, Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, and Doug and Pam Stein of St. Peter.
    Attend Baptism
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of grandson, Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 4
    • Have a happy 4th of July.
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11.
    Thursday, July 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Koontz.
    Saturday, July 7
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat together can meet in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Princess Party

    The Vandalia Performing Arts Center held a Princess Party on Saturday, with 17 young girls attending.

    The party included nail-painting, karaoke, bouncy house, games, craft work and a princess cake (second photo). The girls also had their photo taken with Miss Fayette County Marisa Thomason and Jr. Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield (first photo).
     

  • Reunion

    Hoffman
    The Hoffman Family Reunion met at Rogier Park in Vandalia on June 17.
    Five families were not represented: Leonard, Harry, Edmund, Arnold and Raymond Hoffman.
    • Albert Hoffman family members present were: Evelyn and Gary Probst of Ramsey, Connie Weller of Bethalto, May Delia Probst of Bingham, and Alan and Christy Probst of Fillmore.
    -Marriage in family: Kirsten Probst and Vijay Santhakumar on Oct. 2, 2011.