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Area News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education meets today at 1:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Fayette County Leadership Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Critter Barn...
    Namely, Madricka, the mother donkey, and her son. Buckwheat (aka Baby Bucky), and Lady, the sweet little senior mini-mare. Bill extended the donkey area to include some fresh green grass. We just leave them on it for a limited time every day, because we don’t want them to overeat and get a tummy ache.
    They still enjoy their carrots and, very pointedly, look up to the house when they see me out. Madricka brays to get my attention and they watch for me to bring them their carrot treats.

  • Frogtown News

    Births
    Casey and Ashley Feller of St. Elmo are the parents of a son, Vanden Dean Feller, born on April 15, 2016.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Vanden is welcomed home by a sister, Nora.
    Ryan and Katie (Crain) Schmollinger of Oceanside, Calif., are the parents of a daughter, Nora Viola, born on April 22, 2016.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Lori and Jed Goeckner, Kevin and Dawn Crain, Stephanie and Chris Craig, and Jason Schmollinger.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 28
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, April 30
    • Boy Scout Troop 444 annual garage sale and bake sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. All money earned stays with Boy Scout Troop 444.
    Sunday, May 1
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Tuesday, May 3
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    All seems to be going well, both on and off the Homestead chicken roost.
    Rhonda and Blackie Hens are now allowing the handsome rooster, “Cogburn,” in their split-level chicken house and on the roost.
    Rhonda was no pushover and he had to do a lot of sweet talk to win her over. It is so touching how he calls them to the feed pan before he begins eating. I had never realized how caring a rooster could be.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    Again this week, this space, usually occupied by the Homestead’s four-legged critters, is taken over by the birds of a feather, Blackie & Rhonda Hens and their new friend, “Cogburn” Rooster (also affectionately known as “Coggy” to his Homestead friends).
    Finally getting the weather conditions, time, and human motivation and energy aligned, the Homestead Chicken Roost Yard-enlargement finally got under way this past weekend.

  • Fayette County HCE holds annual Get-Acquainted Day at St. Elmo church

    The Fayette County Home & Community Education held its annual Get-Acquainted Day on Thursday, April 7, at First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo.

  • Frogtown News

    Stays with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin (and her Dalmatian brother, Norman) spent the weekend with grandparents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They attended church on Saturday evening, went to see great-grandma Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday, enjoyed playing outside and even found mushrooms in their yard!
    Save the Date
    “Barnyard Round-Up – Jesus Gathers Us Together” is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School, which will be held from July 25-29 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Friday, April 22
    • University of Illinois Extension provides “Welcome to the Real World!” program to Vandalia Community High School sophomores.
    Sunday, April 24
    • Sunday Night Live youth, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

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