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Today's Features

  • Critter Corner
    The recent 4-plus inches of rain this week are keeping the Longhorn cowgirls’ pasture nicely lush and green, and they are happily grazing, relaxing in the sun when it is shining and chewing their cud – the picture of contentment.
    Sometimes they will bellow in romantic-like tones to the bull in neighbor Scott’s pasture across the lane, but then they seem content to return to grazing or just relaxing when there is no response, so there is no problem on either side of the lane.

  • Center Pointe Church to hold flea market

    Center Pointe Church will sponsor an outdoor flea market this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the church building (the former Rural King store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia).
    There is a small fee for those wanting to set up a booth.
    All proceeds from the sale will be used either for remodeling the building or for youth activities.
    For more information, call Allan at 423-2815 after 6 p.m.

    Steve Ladd at Liberty Christian Aug. 16

  • By Charlene M.  Jett
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! This is what our leader, Beulah Brown, deals with best! Her kindness and patience show through adversity (such as, when people don't show up).

  • “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).

  • Dale Harbison, right, and Haley Smith display two large peppers that Harbison has grown this summer. Measuring 12 and 9 inches, they are about twice the size of those normally grown by Harbison.

  • Niehaus
    The descendents of Louis and Alma Niehaus met for the annual Niehaus reunion at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Parish Hall for a noon meal and fellowship on Saturday, July 19.

  • Sara VonBehren and Ryan Gash, both of Wapella, were married in a 6 p.m. ceremony on June 14, 2014, in Panama City Beach, Fla., with Sammie Stewart officiating.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 7
    • For the special August activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 8
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will have a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the unit office.
    Saturday, August 9
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
    Sunday, August 10

  • For the July Home and Community Education activity, to tie in with the HCE theme of “Been Cookin’ for 90 years, Vandalia Day Unit HCE members toured the Hodgson Mill facility in Effingham.
    Tour guide Hope Adams Yingst spoke of the original water mill located in the Missouri Ozarks and the current production at the Effingham plan. Their finest, all-natural, whole-grain products are included in the promotion of balanced nutrition.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday nights with parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Larry, Sue, Kyle, and Olivia Urban joined the family for dinner on Saturday evening. Rollie Henson also visited over the weekend.
    Deaths
    The community was saddened by the passing of beloved coach and teacher Gary Shirley of Kinmundy last week.