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Area News

  • Rubin reunion

    Rubin
    The 33rd biennial Rubin reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall in St. Paul.
    A potluck dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m., with beverages, paper plates, and tableware furnished.
    Family members are asked to take lists of births, deaths and marriages since the 2010 reunion to update the family tree.
     

  • Maas plans U.S. Daughters ceremony

    Extreme heat would not have deterred Joseph Thomas from his duties in the militia during the War of 1812.  Neither did it deter descendants and members of the United States Daughters of 1812 and Illinois Society of the War of 1812 from commemorating his service.
    Jessie Maas, a member of the Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812, from Vandalia, planned the ceremony held at the Little Flock Cemetery in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, June 28, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    After the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer. Thirty members and four guests were present.
    After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order with the announcement of two new members: Roger and Becky Bergman of Litchfield.
    The secretary and treasurer report was given and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for June were read.

  • Reunions

    Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    A potluck lunch will be held at noon. Those attending are asked to take a covered dish to share and their own table service.

    Grubaugh
    The descendants of Sam and Clara Grubaugh met Sunday, July 1, in Rogier Park in Vandalia.
    Twenty-nine were in attendance for the noon potluck. Charles Britt offered the prayer before the meal.
    Traveling the farthest was Rick Grubaugh, of Melvindale, Mich.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy LongHorn & Cattle Family Doing Well …
    … in spite of the lack of rain and resulting condition of their Homestead pasture.
    The rain we were blessed with last week helped put a little more green in it, but it still looks parched.
    However, the Longhorns, unlike some of the other breeds, actually like the prickly weeds and dried stuff that most other cattle don’t eat.
    But, we didn’t want them to be hungry, so we visited Preacher Pete and brought a load of nice hay back to them.

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Concert
    Belinda Harpster and Sue Urban of St. Peter and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill attended the American Idol Concert in St. Louis on Wednesday of last week.
    Home from Hospital
    Dane Harpster of St. Peter was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham by ambulance on Friday morning of last week. He returned home on Saturday afternoon. He was treated for heat exhaustion and severe dehydration.

  • 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