Area News

  • Applications taken for Head Start

    C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program is a federally-funded program that provides comprehensive classroom and home base educational services to pregnant women and children ages 0-5, including those with significant or multiple special needs.
    The C.E.F.S. Head Start 0-5 Program is located at 1902 Progress West in Vandalia, with preschool center-base classes are provided in either the morning or afternoon, Monday through Thursday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Homestead Critters Coping Well with Snow & Cold …
    … probably better than their caregiver, Bill. He faithfully tends to them, making sure that have plenty to eat (we think they need more for energy and warmth in this weather) and plenty to drink (they are all drinking a lot of water, which is always available, but Bill has to break the ice on some of it sometimes). The horses, Sugarfoot and Lady, have a new heater in their water tank this year.

  • Frogtown News

    Doris Mercier, 86, of St. Peter, died on Sunday.
    Children’s Christmas Service
    The Children’s Christmas service, presented by the students of St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Preschool, will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m.
    Christmas Eve Service
    The Christmas Eve candlelight service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will be held at 6:30 p.m.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 154. Ellijah Bahde served as acolyte.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, December 19
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., The Hitchin’ Post at Brownstown.
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, December 21
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage, weather permitting.
    Sunday, December 22
    • Christmas program, 9:30 a.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. This is the only morning service this Sunday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    News is a Little Short …
    … this week, somewhat due to the weather and also to the scheduling of the clubs and the busy times. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we will have some Christmas activities and club parties next week.
    Try to: Stay in, if possible; stay warm; and stay safe.
    And don’t forget about your pets and outside animals, and the little wild critters and birds.
    From the (new RK) Chicken Roost

  • Frogtown News

    Return from Trip
    Melvin and Gladys Graumenz of St. Peter returned to their home after visiting the Milwaukee, Wis., area.
    On Dec. 6, they attended the Christmas at Concordia held in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.
    Their granddaughter, Kristin Komnick, participated in the concert as a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, December 11
    • St. Elmo Christian Church Reverb Sweet Treat Surprise Cookie Delivery, 6-8 p.m.
    • Kids Klub, 6:30 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 13

  • Tea Party elects officers



    At a recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party, President Todd Slingerland reminded attendees that the monthly meeting dates have been changed to the second Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at Culvers in Effingham.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants


    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Nov. 21 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and four guests present. 

    President Dean Black welcomed all members and guests, followed by the pledge to the flag. Brock Fisher gave the blessing for the meal. 

  • St. Elmo News



    Wednesday, December 4

    • For the Saturday free giveaway, clothing, etc., can be taken to Freedom Reigns in Christ Church from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.