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Today's Features

  • The Brownstown Holiday Open House returns this year, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • It is documented that on Oct. 25, 1901, a group of women in Ramsey, seeking to advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation, started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Visits Grandparents
    Two-year-old Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday night with his grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    His parents picked him up on Saturday after attending the Cardinals game on Friday night.
    Blood Drive
    The PTL of St. Peter’s Lutheran School is sponsoring a community blood drive for St. Peter and the surrounding area on Monday, May 14. It will be held in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Gym from 2-6 p.m.
    Further information will follow as it becomes available.

  • WEEK OF APRIl 16
    Bucky Burro Welcomes Spring

  • Announcements
    Thursday, April 26
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Tuesday, May 1
    • Council of Catholic Women Mother/Daughter Banquet, 6:15 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    Wednesday, May 2
    • Wright’s Corner Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Loudon Township building.
    • St. Elmo City Council, 6 p.m., city hall.
    Thursday, May 3
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, May 4

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend at the home of their son, Mitch Harpster and family of Jackson, Mo.  On Saturday, Dane and Mitch worked on a home project, while Belinda, Gretchen and the boys attended a book fair for 6-year-old Owen’s school at Barnes & Noble in Cape Girardeau.  Owen’s class performed a few songs while at the book fair.
    Visits Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin of St. Peter spent the weekend with her grandparents, Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.

  • Announcements
    Saturday, April 21
    • National Volunteer Week started April 15 and ends Saturday. All organizations need volunteers.
    • Kick off summer with Healthy Kid’s Day. It is free and open to the public. Join Fayette 4-H and the Fayette County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m.-noon at the YMCA in Vandalia.
    Sunday, April 22

  • Announcements
    Thursday, March 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick in Litchfield.
    • Maundy Thursday service, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Friday, March 30
    • Ministerial Alliance Good Friday service, 6 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. First Assembly of God Pastor Robert Miller will preach.
    Sunday, April 1
    • Happy Easter
    • Attend the church of your choice to celebrate Easter at the Sunrise services and regular worship services.

  • Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Jackson, Mo., on Friday to spend the weekend with son, Mitch Harpster and family. Friday evening, they met with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller for dinner. 
    On Saturday, they celebrated the sixth birthday of grandson Owen Harpster at his home with a meal, cake, and punch.
    Attending were: Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein and Mark Hamilton, and Aaron and Henry Harpster.
    Confirmation

  • Cowgirl Cows enjoying grazing …
    … on fresh, new sweet pasture grass, but still want the extra servings of grain that have supplemented they hay. The pasture looks lush and green, and they have seemed content with it and their hay, but they must have realized that they are not getting as big a servings now, and have been protesting.
    When Bill looks out in the early morning, they are lined up at the fence, looking at the back door and mooing loudly for the extra servings of grain.