Today's Features

    Thursday, August 25
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, August 26
    • Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry, 4-7 p.m. See additional info following the announcements.
    Thursday, September 1
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sports Boosters’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

  • Abram was chosen by God, called from a family of idolaters for Joshua recorded “Abraham served other gods”. (Joshua 24:2)

  • School Starts!
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School starts classes this Thursday, with early dismissal at 1:30 p.m. There will also be early dismissal at 1 p.m. on Friday.
    Prairie Days News
    The Prairie Days Committee is asking for residents’ help with  donations of cakes for the cake walk.
    You can take cakes to the park prior to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
    Donations of pies for the lunch stand are also needed. The pies can be taken to the food stand (north pavilion) any time Saturday.

  • ‘Singing in the Rain’
    In answer to the frog inquiries, we figured that Tarzan, the little tree frog, would have left our porch by now, but we have noticed that every time it rains, he vocalizes with his little frog sound, as if welcoming the “rain drops falling on his head.” We also like to hear him at night, as he joins in the night sounds on the homestead.
    Bill heard another little frog nearby, seeming to answer Tarzan, so we have named her “Jane.”

    Thursday, August 18
    • St. Elmo Educational Foundation annual meeting, 7 p.m., St. Elmo CUSD District No. 202 office. Directors and officers will be elected. There will be a discussion on fundraising activities and accomplishments. See more information after the Aug. 25 announcement.
    Saturday, August 20

  • For those of us who are Christians, or at least lean that way, it is not very difficult to know what God is saying to us.

  • First Church of God
    hosting senior meal

    First Church of God, located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road northwest of Vandalia, will hold its monthly senior luncheon this Friday.
    All local seniors are invited to the luncheon, with this month's menu including sloppy Joe's, fruit salad, chips and cookies.
    The event begins at noon with the meal and a short Bible lesson.
    This month's entertainment will be John and Judy Roberts, and Cheryl Harre.
    There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted.

  • Ariella Hazel-Ruth Sachan
    Nathan and Tanya Sachan of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 9:32 p.m. on May 28, 2016.

    Ariella Hazel-Ruth weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She has four siblings: Issac, Alexander, Kurstiana and Nevaeh.
    Maternal grandparents are David Murray and Vickie Staley, and paternal grandparents are Charles Sachan, and Jan and Tom Goolsby.


  • Two cousins were in a wedding. Nine-year-old Josh was the brother of the bride and groomsman. Cousin Devin was 4 and the ring bearer.

  • Cogburn, the Homestead Head Banty Rooster …
    … is the only  rooster on the place and is crowing even as this is being written. He is on the job early in the mornings and is getting prettier every day.
    The ladies (Rhonda and Blackie hens) seem quite happy with Cogburn and have accepted him on the chicken roost.
    He is not only a handsome little guy, he makes sure they both come to the pan to eat by making his little noises to them. We suspect he may have a tendency to be a bit controlling, but the ladies don’t seem to mind.