Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Owen Harpster, 2 ½, and Aaron Harpster, 1, spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Birthday Party
    JoHanna Bergmann of St. Peter held her second birthday party at St. Peter City Hall on Saturday. Those attending were: Lynn, Stacey, Seth, Konrad and Keiffer Bergmann; Gary and Sue Adams; Bobby, Nicki, Taylor and Hunter Scott; Joe, Luke, Kelly Bergmann and Madison; Nick and Pam Bergmann, Brandon and Kaden Wells; and Dane, Belinda, Owen and Aaron Harpster.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, January 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance is asking area churches to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Individuals attending church services are asked to take a can (or more) of soup, which will be donated to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • Sunday Night Live, grades 7-12 youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • AMP’d, high school youth group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Monday, February 2

  • Tea Party changes dates of meetings, re-elects officers

    Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.

  • Salvation Army workers collect more than $14,000

    The 2014 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign in Fayette County raised more than $14,000.
    This was the result of more than 270 hours of volunteers ringing the bells and shoppers donating money at the red kettles placed at Walmart, Rural King and County Market.
    The money raised is used excusively in Fayette County to help families who face a financial crisis due to illness, disability, fire, medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
    This interdenominational ministry will help more than 450 individuals and families throughout the year.

  • Mobil/Exxon Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Dec. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for a Christmas party, with 32 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Vera Miller gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black gave the welcome. The tables were decorated with Christmas candles, centerpieces and candy for each member, and also a Hershey bar decorated like a snowman, made by Laura Mulhern.
    Those who helped in decorating, games, and cookie and candy walk were Mike and Laura Mulhern, and Frank and Carolyn Heigert.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Mother Madricka & Bucky (Donkeys) Get ‘Spooked’
    Recently, when in a thrift store, I purchased a long, warm coat with a hood, thinking it will be perfect to wear out to the critters’ pens in rainy, cold weather.  However, when I wore it out to give carrot treats to Madricka and Baby Bucky, they came out of their barn, took one look at me and ran.  
    Even when I talked to them and held the carrots out for them, they would not come near me. The long, hooded, dark coat scared them.

  • Frogtown News

    Sausage Supper
    The annual sausage supper will be held on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 5  p.m. in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym.
    Mike Wasmuth of St. Peter died on Monday evening.  Funeral arrangements are pending.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 126. Sunday morning worship attendance was 111.   
    The Rev. Alan Holtz was the organist.  
    Gaige Phillips served as acolyte.
    Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, January 22
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
    Monday, January 26
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Piano students give recital

    Piano students of Staccato Studios and Christine Jones, instructor in Fillmore and Vandalia, played Christmas music for the residents of Tremont Ridge in Hillsboro during their dinner hour on Dec. 9.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Wolerating Weather …
    … mainly because they are staying snug in their barn most of the time. Bill closes their doors and windows at night, and on the bitter cold, windy days, he carries their water and their hay and grain to the barn, so they don’t have to get out.
    They also get fresh, clean bedding often. Madr1cka doesn’t really like the closed door, we think, because she nudges against it, trying to open it.
    Lady, the senior mini-horse, has no objection to the closed door and window.