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Area News

  • Masonic Lodge Officers

    Officers of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F & A.M. in Vandalia for 2013 are shown.

    In front, from left, are Mark Miller, Jimmy McNutt, Mark Augenstein, Harold Baumann, Worshipful Master Gerald Libsack, Larry Rench and Winfred Morrison. In back are Tim McMillan, Jamie McNutt, installing officer Kenneth Braye, Kenneth Hubler, Johnny Crotser and District Deputy Dennis Nance.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Graduation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the graduation of Nathan Jacquin, (fiancé of Mahala Harpster) from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    Following the ceremony, the Harpster and Jacquin families went to dinner.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 212.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Luke Bergmann served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy Meets the Welcoming Committee
    On the advice of Tammie Rogers,  Bill’s puppy, “Katy,” is spending her evenings and nights in the house. (So much for the “We are not going to have another indoor dog” vow we took).  
    As she participated in the “Callie ran 15 feet up a tree and couldn’t get back down” episode, Callie does not hold out the paw of friendship to Katy.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, December 19
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 20
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The Moon has Waned …
    … but the indoor critters seem to have stepped up their” full moon activities,” or maybe they are having pre-mature cabin fever.
    When I am really busy, getting caught up in the house and going from room to room, Josie, the little doggie, follows me …from room to room.
    Callie, whose greatest enjoyment in life seems to be acting as an impediment in Josie’s progress, follows us and lies down across the doorways so Josie can’t get past. Josie barks until we tell Callie to move.

  • Frogtown News

    Week of Dec. 3
    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday evening through Sunday with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo. They attended a jewelry party on Thursday night.
    On Friday, Belinda joined Mahala and her co-workers for lunch at Hawthorne House in Labadie, Mo.  On Saturday, they shopped in St. Charles, Mo.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 194.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Ellijah Bahde served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. There will be no gift exchange.

  • Card Shower

    Ruth Murfin
    Ruth Murfin of Vandalia will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 21.
    She was born on Dec. 21, 1912, in Patoka, and she and the late Donald Murfin were married on Jan. 7, 1931, in Carlyle.

  • Tea Party elects officers

    The Effingham area Tea Party elected officers at its meeting last week.
    The new president is Todd Slingerland of Altamont. David Schaefer of Beecher City is the secretary, and Jane Willenborg of Effingham is the returning treasurer.
    The party's next meeting will feature a former Effingham County Board chairman. The topic will be real estate taxes.
    The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Culver's in Effingham.
    New members are always welcome.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    It is a Full Moon!
    The truth is, when there is a full moon, some of the critters’ behavior changes– really!
    For example, Callie, the kitty, has been under our feet almost constantly the last few days. She follows us from room to room, which aggravates Josie, the doggie, to no end.
    She will then lie down across the hallway, which bars Josie from the room. Josie then sits and barks for us to rescue her.