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Today's Features

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, they attended the second birthday party of grandson Aaron Harpster at his home.
    Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster, Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Doug and Pam Stein, Heidi Hunter and Austin, and Rhonda and Aubrey Hunter.  
    Returns from China
    Courtney Gladson returned from China with daughter, Eliot, last week.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, February 6
    • American Legion Post #420 soup supper fundraiser, 3-7 p.m., Legion Home. The cost is a free-will donation. Anyone who would like to donate a dessert can call 267-5519.
    Sunday, February 7

  • We had a fun and educational experience this week – we enjoyed eating breakfast with Abe Clymer, Vandalia’s own Abe Lincoln look-alike, completely dressed, from head to toe, in his tall, black stovepipe hat to his black leather shoes that looked like they could have been worn by Abraham Lincoln in his time.

  • Debby Sefton and her husband, Joe, were both born and reared in Fayette County, and have lived in the area until their employment took them to Effingham County.

  • In Response to Inquiries
    Lady, the sweet little senior mini-mare, is doing well, and staying snug and warm in the little barn she shares with Madricka, the mother donkey, and her son, Bucky. Of course, they have their own “apartments,” but share the window. The partition separating their living quarters is a wire cattle panel, which allows their body heat to benefit all three while they still have their own space.  

  • Visiting Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin are spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, while Mahala’s husband, Nathan, is in Florida at the PGA playoffs for his job.
    The family is busy on renovating Mahala’s grandmother’s house for her family’s move in late February.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 196.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz. Zada Reynolds was the acolyte.
    Attending elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, January 31
    • SNL youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Youth Night Breakthru, 6:30 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.
    Tuesday, February 2
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Dee Dee Dively can be described as a “unique and caring person” who, since a young girl, has answered the call to help others. She went to work as a nurse’s aide at the old Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia before graduating from high school.  

  • Betsy Longhorn Feeling Under the Weather
    Betsy Longhorn is a long-time member, actually the senior member, of the Homestead Critters. She has been with us for 21 years and is at least 22 years old (but doesn’t look a day over 15).
    She has always been shorter in stature than the full-blooded longhorns, because she is part corriante. We had been approached several times over the years by ropers who wanted to buy her for practice. We were told her breed is good for roping.

  • Baptism
    Timber MaKay Middleton, daughter of Cody and Lydia (Engel) Middleton was baptized on Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Timber’s Godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Mike Wollin.
    Short Visit
    Ben and Amanda Eller, and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo., came up on Sunday afternoon to get some things from their grandmother’s house.
    They also visited with their parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday night was 99.