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Today's Features

  • Several years ago, Flo Allen of Brownstown, president of Fayette County Home and Community Education, noticed a barrel in the foyer of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Vandalia, and that it contained pop top aluminum tabs from soda cans. When she went in later, she noticed the barrel was gone, so she asked the owner, Marty Davis about the barrel.

  • Steve and Connie Jerden’s rural home is like a step back in time.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education on Saturday presented a program in keeping with child abuse awareness month, with Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith giving child abuse statistics in Fayette County telling of the county’s fight against child abuse, and Dana Andrews sharing the heart-rendering story of her grandson, who still suffers from abuse he received as a very young child.  

  • The sixth and final Lenten Luncheon of the season was held at Unity Baptist Church, with an inspiring program presented by Brian Hammond, youth director at Northside Christian Church as the speaker and Nathaniel Weaver of Unity Baptist providing the music.

  • Member Lora Fouch was the speaker for the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at the host church, First United Methodist of Vandalia.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 11
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club rescheduled May meeting, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday was 196.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Jacob Hawkey served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Wayne Bergmann
    -Don Blomberg
    -Joey Dyer
    -Robert Runge
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Randy Dorr
    -Stefan Goolsby
    -Donna Oertwig
    -Keith Manley
    -John Stedlin

  • Back Porch Residency Growing
    The mother robin seems to have “opened the door” for other mother birds looking for a safe location in which to hatch and raise their babies – the Homestead back porch (or deck, as Bill refers to it. To me, a deck with a roof is a porch.)

  • Small Tornado in St. Peter
    On Saturday evening, a small tornado touched down on the outskirts of St. Peter. It caused some severe damage to a shed at the home of Herschel Ambuehl. Fortunately, no one was injured. Power lines were down, causing a town-wide power outage for the rest of the night, and most of the day on Sunday. The town was at a standstill, even cancelling church! Some roads were flooded and even closed as of Monday morning
    Spends Weekend with Grandparents

  • On the Homestead Back Porch …
    … concern about the various resident wild critters is growing. The mother robin is still holding down the family nest, although our human inhabitant traffic next to it continues.