Today's Features

  • Critter Barn Appreciated by Barn Critters
    The critter barn is now sheltering the donkeys, Madricka and her young son, Buckwheat (Baby Bucky), and of course, Lady, the senior mini-horse.
    The first night, Madricka objected to the barn door being closed and even butted her head against it. However, she is fine with that now and they have all stayed inside the barn when the weather is inclement.

  • Bucky Burro’s First Snow
    We were looking forward to seeing how the little burro, Baby Bucky, reacted to his first snow, and we were not disappointed.  Hr ran, jumped, bucked and then ran stiff-legged with his head down between his front legs.
    Those were his initial reactions. After that, he went into the barn, where his mother was standing, dry and out of the snow, watching him. Like his predecessor, the late Smoky ( the adorable little donkey), Bucky nor his mother, Madricka, seem to like getting wet, even from a light snow.

  • Births
    Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lotz of St. Peter are the parents of a baby girl, born on Oct. 21, 2014. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Her name is Paisen Leigh.
    She has a 2 ½ year old brother, Dexten.
    Her grandparents are Mr. and Mr. Dean Lotz, Donna Quast, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Bartels.
    Great grandparents are Melba Lawrence, Mary Allen and Lela Lotz.
    Nathan and Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., are the parents of a daughter, born on Nov. 11, 2014.

    Thursday, November 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church is having a Thanksgiving turkey potluck for the entire church at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, beverages and table service will be provided by the class; those attending are to take a side dish – a salad, vegetable or dessert.
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Sunday, November 23

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    I hardly know where to start – our Veterans Day speakers were so inspirational!
    But let me do some housekeeping first. Pastor James Fackler was our leader and Donna Smith our pianist. We sang our regular welcome and Outreach songs, and need to give special thanks to Donna for not complaining about our out-of-tune voices. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Tonya Stout and Hope Holffstatler. We welcomed a newcomer, Beulah Nichols, and were saddened to hear about Marvin Stall of FAYCO becoming ill.

  • First United Methodist Church in Vandalia is again hosting Operation Christmas Child for this year, with collections being accepted beginning on Monday.
    The church, located at 127 N. Fouth St., is the Vandalia Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, through which shoe boxes from both Fayette and Montgomery counties are accepted.
    Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that used gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.

  • Death
    Irma Jean Kruenegel, lilfelong resident of St. Peter and business owner, died on Friday of last week.
    Drew Riann Kraemer, daughter of Ryan and Kristi Kraemer of St. Peter, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Her godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Scarlett Jameson.
    Turkey Supper
    The annual turkey supper will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym. Serving begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and children, $5; under 3, free.

  • Arctic Air on the Way – Critter Barn is Ready for It
    With fresh new straw on their floor and all cracks and openings filled in, the barn critters, namely, Lady, the senior mini-horse, Madricka, the mini-donkey, and her young son, Baby Buckwheat, should be snug as bugs in a rug.
    It sounds like Bill will have to break ice on the watering holes for them, as we don’t have tank heaters in yet, but that won’t be too much of a problem, (and I have a plan).

    Thursday, November 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, November 15

  • ‘Chick’ Lawler
    Charles “Chick” Lawler, of Morton and formerly of Vandalia, marked his 95th birthday on Tuesday.
    The occasion will be celebrated with a family dinner on Sunday.
    For anyone wishing to send birthday wishes, his address is: 730 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 236, Morton, Ill. 61550.