Today's Features

    Friday, January 22
    • St. Elmo Education Foundation will have its annual soup supper, 5-7 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. The menu includes vegetable soup or chili, peanut butter or chicken salad sandwich or hot dog, dessert and drink for $6 for adults and $4 for children under age 12.
    Sunday, January 23
    • 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.

  • Mindy Miller, who was diagnosed with stage two triple negative breast cancer at the age of 34, “ was blessed to be surrounded by family and a community that supported me.”

  • “Ice-Breaker” on the Homestead …
    … is the ax or sledgehammer; not conversational words at a social/party gathering to “break the ice,” but a healthy swing with said tools to break the ice in the  critters’ “watering holes” (translation-water tanks, buckets, pans, birdbaths).
    As we have several such items and some farther away from the house, it has not seemed feasible to try to run electric cords to the assorted containers.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They worked on renovating Mary’s house in St. Peter for Nathan and Mahala’s move in February.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School and Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

    Wednesday, January 13
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, January 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, January 17
    • Sunday Night Live Youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Vandalia native Paul Stroble recently published his 17th and 18th  books.
    “Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament” is published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, Ky.
    Drawing on the New Testament story of the Walk to Emmaus, where Jesus explains the scriptures to two travelers, Stroble selects scriptures that Jesus might have explained to his companions on the road.

  • By Charlene M Jett
    The joy of Christmas rang true in Wesley Hall on Monday as Evergreen Outreach embarked on the beginning of another successful year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! There was a savoring of the last few days of the lighted Christmas tree, the table full of Poinsettias and tons of cookies.

  • Signs of Spring … Already?!
    Yes! First reported Monday morning on Panzi’s Partyline show by our river-bottom reporter, DeeDee Diveley, then a confirmation of the phenomenon when Danny Donaldson mentioned (during an unrelated passing conversation later the same day) that he had seen already seen dandelions blooming.
    DeeDee was taking the dogs for a walk when she saw  dandelions, and also said that she saw a small tree along the roadside with pink blooms on it.