Today's Features

  • Happy New Year, everyone!
    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Saturday night with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They were here to celebrate the Stein family Christmas.
    Carl Rothe, formerly of St. Peter, died on Dec. 29.
    His funeral was on Jan. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School & Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17. at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

    Wednesday, January 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., city hall.
    Thursday, January 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Ruth Heavener’s parents loved to travel, which Ruth, as a child, enjoyed immensely. And she wanted her own child to have the same enjoyment and educational experiences in our beautiful country that she was privileged to have.

  • Camilla Diveley celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 13.

    A lifetime resident of Vandalia, she was born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Julia) Diveley on a farm in Sefton Township.
    She had four sisters: Genevieve, now 98; Vodithe (Reavis, deceased); and twin sisters Beatrice (Davis), now 92, and Bernice (Scraper, deceased).
    Camilla grew up on the farm with her sisters, and she attended a one-room school that housed eight grades.  She graduated from Vandalia High School, where she was a member of an award-winning debate team.

  • Last week, the village of Brownstown’s policeman, Caleb Walton, acompanied two Brownstown students, Jayden Wilson and Brian Rabideau, on a shopping trip at the Vandalia Wal-Mart, as participants in the “Shop with a Cop” program.  This was the second year that Brownstown participated in the program. Village Mayor Virginia Wilber assisted Walton with the shopping trip.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Such a BIG success Monday – indescribably wonderful!  Whoever has even remotely considered cancelling EO should have their head examined after Monday! We had our best Christmas EO meeting ever.
    The stage was set for the routine, but it became wonder-filled, joyous and full!

  • Weekend Visit
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss, both of St. Peter, spent Friday to Sunday with Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., while their parents vacationed in Hawaii.
    They enjoyed playing games, watching a movie and shopping.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 183.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Alexis Roberts served as acolyte.Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Ray Reed

    Thursday, December 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 11
    • This Friday is the last day Christmas gifts can be taken to St. Elmo City Hall for the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree. See the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree announcement.
    Sunday, December 13

  • First of All
    Due to the holidays and extra activities, please get your announcements, church bulletins, news, etc., to me as soon as possible for the next two weeks.  Your cooperation is appreciation.
    Homestead Critters Ready for THE BIRTHDAY
    Christmas – the celebration of the birth of their Creator.
    Bright red bows decorate pens of Katie, Bill’s outdoor doggie, and
    a star is set over the window of the little barn window of Lady, the senior mini-horse, and little Buckwheat Burro and his mother, Madricka.

  • Following 20 years as missionaries and living in Bolivia, South America, Carol Evaul and her husband, Robert, returned to the United States to establish their children in college.