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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle Chasteen are the parents of a daughter, Elle Meredith, born on Oct. 22, 2015.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She was welcomed home by her sister, Claire.
    Grandparents are Andy and Karla Drewes, and Jerry and Connie Chasteen.
    St. Peter’s
    Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 201.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A special guest speaker was seminary student Adam Carnehl, the Adopt-a-Student of the LWML.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    New Coats for Barn Critters
    Baby Bucky Burro, his mama, Madricka, and Lady, the senior mini-horse, are wearing their new winter coats. Lady’s coat is particularly pretty, as she chose a little different color that becomes her. Usually it is sort of a dapple gray, but the dominant color is a shade or two darker this year, and Bill describes it as looking rather like an Appaloosa now.
    Madricka just looks lovely, as always, and baby Buckwheat looks cute and cuddly with his fuzzy new coat.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, October 29
    • The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Saturday, October 31
    • St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
    Sunday, November 1
    • Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
    • Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, October 17
    • Following St. Mary’s Catholic Church 5:30 p.m. Mass, a wiener roast will be held at the rural home of Ed and Mona Durbin to welcome the Rev. Marek Kasterczuk. Those attending are to take a favorite dish to share.
    Sunday, October 18
    • Boy Scouts will be collecting new or gently used shoes of all types, sizes through this Sunday.
    • Sunday Night Live youth group will have a wiener roast from 6-7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeffrey and Summer Maxey.
    Monday, October 19

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday through Sunday with Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. Belinda and Mahala held a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to Kimmswick to dine at Blue Owl Café and participate in the “Witches Night Out” event.
    Deaths
    Clarence Wodtka, a lifelong resident of St. Peter, died on Monday of last week. His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Friday.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Having Company
    The past few days, two of the “neighbor kids” from the longhorn pasture across the way have been visiting the Homestead bunch and enjoying nibbling on the green grass.  
    The other barnyard critters, Madricka, and her baby burro, Buckwheat, and  Lady, the pretty senior mini-horse, watch the strangers, but they do not let the visitors interrupt their meals or their naps in the sunshine.  

  • Golden Circle Menus

      Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb's Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 132.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz. Mitchell Brauer served as acolyte. Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A guest speaker was Pastor Jaya Bijjiga, a native of southern India. He has served as a missionary to Indian immigrants in Chicago, Texas, Missouri and other places. Currently, he continues his work as a missionary-at-large.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jan Mendonca
    -Floyd Oertwig
    -Sue Urban

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, October 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • St. Elmo City Council 6 p.m., city hall.
    • Reverb youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, October 8
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. The small group would like for more St. Elmo High School graduates to join them.
    •  St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • LIHEAP application period begins soon

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin the 2016 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Thursday Oct. 1. That is the first day that appointments can be made for the program.
    October and November are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.  
    Starting on Nov. 2, applications will also be accepted from households that at the time of application have a child under age 6; proof of age will be required.