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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Marriage
    Michael Wollin and Mandy Wendte were married on Saturday at Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. David Hoehler. The couple will reside in St. Peter.
    Death
    Donna Oertwig of St. Peter died on Saturday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Weekend with Grandparents

  • News from Pete, the Missouri Dog
    A telephone conversation from brother Joe Blackwell and Pete, the Missouri dog, revealed that Pete is doing well and is getting his master (?), aware of Joe’s “best friend’s” (namely Pete’s) needs and wants.
    Joe said that Pet now sits on the deck and stares Joe down until Joe gives him a treat. Pete is not sitting on the couch and watching TV anymore, but it is too nice around the pond and in the Missouri woods to stay indoors, anyway.

  • Announcements
    Thursday, September 21
    • Threads of Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 23
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 2 p.m., American Legion Home.
    Sunday, September 24
    • Junior and senior high youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Monday, September 25
    • Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Tuesday, September 26

  • You can almost feel it in the air, and the anticipation is exciting – autumn bringing its glorious display of colors in the trees, fall flowers, the mums dressed in bright and beautiful colors, apples, peaches, pumpkins … and  Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Fall Festival, their only fundraiser for gardening “needs & seeds.”

  • Announcements
    Thursday, September 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, September 15
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Saturday, September 16
    • Soup luncheon, 11:30-12:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday, September 17

  • Honor Flight
    On Oct. 17, Ray Schnake will be participating in an honor flight to Washington, D.C.
    This is a program that honors men and women who served in the armed forces during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. At the end of the flight day, veterans are given letters and cards from family and friends reminiscent of military mail call.
    Ray’s family is asking friends to participate by sending a card. The address is: Ray Schnake, c/o Joan Bortolon, 57 Country Place, Springfield, Ill. 62703.
    New Minister