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Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert “B.J.” Mueller will celebrate their 50th anniversary Friday.

  • Prom dress sale is this Saturday

    The Lutheran Youth Fellowship of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont is sponsoring a prom dress sale this  Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. in the parish hall, which is located at 203 E. Division St.
    Admission is $1 per person.
    Dresses can be dropped off on Friday from 4-6 p.m. or on Saturday from 8-9 a.m.
    For information, call Lisa Wright at 881-4011.

    Northside to hold a couples retreat

  • By Edith Elliott
    It’s President’s Day! How thankful we should be that our founding fathers cared enough about this country to lay a firm foundation of faith, freedom and hope.
    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would have enjoyed EO on Monday. There were devotionals, refreshments,  and lots of singing and dancing (involving both volunteers and guests).

  • Most everyone enjoys some type of competitive activity. Some  who say they  don’t seem to compete in their dislike of competition. In many competitive activities, participants have developed handicapping systems, so that people of differing abilities can compete on a level playing field.

  • Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … is getting an early start on his summer tan. He likes to lie behind his barn in the sunshine and has been taking advantage of the recent blessings of the sun’s warm rays. Of course, his “tan” is always a smoky gray, summer or winter.
    Callie, the kitty, also likes to lie in the sun, but she prefers the back deck, close to the patio door. Like Smoky, if it starts to sprinkle, she wants inside under a dry roof.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Madison and Dru Eller spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Death
    Our community was saddened by the death of lifelong resident Glenn Bergmann on Friday of last week.
    Baptism
    Claire Anna Chasteen, daughter of Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy, was baptized in the Sunday morning service.
    Her sponsors were Mallory and Reid Drewes, Matthew Chasteen and Stephanie Kelsheimer.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 165.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Feb. 22
    • Ash Wednesday service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Thursday, Feb. 23
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p. m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Feb. 24
    • The Prairieland Pickers, 1:15 p.m., at Brookstone Estates, 1920 Brookstone Lane, Mattoon and 2:30 p.m., at Brookstone Estates South, 2008 W. Ninth St., Mattoon.
    Saturday, Feb. 25

  • In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Hazel Albert Stevenson.
    Identifying her were: Thelma Wright, Allen and Vivian Schmid, Donna Chrisman, Evelyn Bennett  and Joann Tessman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ew tums wive gonuy olpepe ton sa tepym slobtet ot eb dilfel, tub sa descnal ot eb til.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Evans Public Library in Vandalia has expanded its services to include the Consumer Reports Online, in addition to its existing magazine subscription.
    Consumer Reports Online is available to anytime, anywhere by visiting www.epl.lib.il.us. Patrons wanting to use the service can obtain their user ID and password by calling the library, 283-2824.
    Users may use Consumer Reports Online to browse the website to help make smarter buying decisions.
    It’s a quick, easy way to get the best product at the best price.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for lunch and a meeting, with 24 members and two guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given and followed with Vera Miller giving the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened, with the secretary and treasurer report given and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries were read for January.
    A card was signed for members Charles and Doris Duncan, who live in Texas and just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.