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Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    Star, the little white dove, seems to be moping this morning. I think she is ready for spring, to have the sun shining through her window and to hear the little wild birds singing outside.
    I played some of her tapes this morning (she especially likes her John Denver songs), but she didn’t perk up as much as she usually does. Her very favorite Gene Autry tape has bit the dust.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The “Wild, Undomesticated” Homestead Longhorns …
    … led by Betsy, the longhorn-Coriente mix cow.
    Longhorn cattle are considered a “wild” breed, and are not allowed in the county and state fairs competitions because of their long, curved horns (which are to be avoided, as they sometimes suddenly toss or turn their heads without regard of something in their path).

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident, Richard “Dick” Stock. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
    Marriage
    Allen Magnus of St. Peter and Delores “Lody” DeVore of Centralia were married on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The couple will reside in rural St. Peter.
    St. Peter Market Sells

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident, Richard “Dick” Stock. He died on Jan. 24 at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
    Marriage
    Allen Magnus of St. Peter and Delores “Lody” DeVore of Centralia were married on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The couple will reside in rural St. Peter.
    St. Peter Market Sells

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Feb. 1
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Feb. 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 3

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane, Belinda and Mahala Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Amanda, Ben, Madison and Ben Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    Adult Instruction Class
    Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, Pastor Emrick will hold an adult information class for those wishing to renew their understanding of the Lutheran faith, for those who are curious about what the Lutheran Church believes or for those who wish to become members of the Lutheran church. The class will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. each Monday through the end of March.
    St. Peter Church

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Pleasant, Countryside Excursion
    … to the Shobonier area. Having heard rumors of a new Mennonite country store (the previous one which we had enjoyed visiting so much had been closed for some time), we drove through the countryside (which we always enjoy) and onto the St. Peter blacktop road, where we found the just- six-weeks-old country store.
    The youthful-appearing owners, John and Christina Horst, were on hand, smiling and welcoming us as we were paying for our candy and bacon sizzlers. (The sizzlers aroma when they are cooking is so mouthwatering!)

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 25
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. Those attending are asked to take ideas for this new year.
    Thursday, Jan. 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • A self-defense class for women 18 and older will be taught by the Illinois State Police from 6:30-8 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library. There is no charge for class.
    Sunday, Jan. 29

  • Frogtown News

    Return from Vacation
    Rev. Bill and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter vacationed in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
    They returned on Monday of this week. While there, they visited Bill’s brother Tom Emrick.  
    Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy are the parents of a daughter, born on Jan. 15, 2012. She has been named Claire Anna. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the Little (Adorable) donkey…
    …seems to have a touch of claustrophobia (or maybe cabin fever).
    As he had chewed on the shutters of his barn until they were destroyed, Bill had put a piece of tin over his window to protect him against the cold wind until new shutters could be made.
    Smokey likes to stand and look out his north window, although he has another opening, a doorway, on the east side. The north window gives him a good view of the driveway, and he seems to like to watch who is coming and going.