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Area News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Dec. 15
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, 12 noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Dec. 16
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11:30 a.m., Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a complimentary T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Star, the Little White Dove…
    …has decorated her cage for Christmas with greenery, red ribbon and her stocking.
    The falling snow flakes Monday really seemed to usher in the season. The Brownstown village workers have put up the Christmas decorations, and they light the streets prettily.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11 a.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Members are to take items for the Caring and Sharing boxes.
    • St. James Hornets 4-H Club, 7 p.m., Christmas party. Those attending are to take an item for the Caring and Sharing, a gift for a gift exchange and finger food.
    Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., spent the weekend with Mahala’s parents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Mahala went to Stewardson to pick up her Dalmatian puppy, Norman.
    Marriage
    Tony Farthing of Salem and Julie Roberts of Salem were married on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Tony is the son of Arnold and Shirley Farthing of Salem, and Julie is the daughter of John and Sue Roberts of Farina.
    St. Peter Church

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Dec. 1 – Barbecue ribbettes on bun, succotash, rosemary potatoes, strawberries & bananas .
    Friday, Dec. 2 – Beef stew, lettuce salad, apple crisp, biscuit.
    Monday, Dec. 5 – Barbecue chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, plums, cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Pepper steak w/oriental vegetables, rice, butter beans, fruit for salad, whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Meatloaf, augratin potatoes, gourmet carrots, cheery fruit crisp, whole wheat bread.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (Adorable) Little Donkey…
    …and his barn buddies, Lady, the mini-mare, Sugarfoot, the mini-stallion, and their daughter, Sudy, are all getting their fuzzy, winter coats.
    Smoky is always so cute in the winter with his fuzzy “bangs” down his forehead and just above his eyes.
    Lady and Sudy’s coats get pretty heavy, and Sugarfoot’s black coat is heavier, but he still looks pretty sleek, and with his long, long tail, he looks very handsome.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 196.
    Sunday’s organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Acolyte was Tresston Bahde.
    Elders were Kevin Wodtka and Reggie Grandt.
    Advent services begin this Wednesday and continue on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., concluding on Dec. 21.
    The LYF will be hosting fellowship and desserts following each Advent service.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jim Alexander
    -Wes Harmeier
    -Lloyd Schaal
    -Becky Scoggin

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Nov. 30
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will decorate the Christmas tree at Friendship Manor Nursing Home.
    Thursday, Dec. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘The Power of the Pen’
    (or the keyboard, in this case)
    “A funny thing happened on the way” out of a store in Effingham Friday. I was getting checked out at the cash register when a customer in line behind me asked if I was Panzi Blackwell. Surprised, (this was in Effingham) I said “yes.”
    She said she never misses reading the column and began talking about the critters and mentioned the recent loss of Anita hen. She was very sympathetic as we discussed “the incident.”

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mitch’s brother-in-law, Brandon Spitzmiller of Peoria.
    Ben Eller joined the family later on Saturday.
    Christmas Cantata