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Today's Features

  • The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, April 12, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth at 283-2989 or 267-7637 no later than Monday, April 8. Limited seating is available, so those planning to attend are encourage to make reservations early.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs.

  • A1C Matthew Hoffman
    Matthew Hoffman graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Dec. 27, 2012.

    Hoffman was then stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas for eight weeks, and he came home on leave on March 8.
    A munition system apprentice, he is now stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.
    Hoffman is the son of Jeff and Lori Hoffman, and Stephanie Hoffman, and the grandson of Linda Schulte, Brenda Burtschi and Bob Hoffman.
     

  • Aiken Aden Gary Emerick
    Lucas and Sally Emerick are the parents of a son born at 11:55 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott
    A card shower has been requested for Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott, who celebrated her 88th birthday on Wednesday, March 20.

    She is the mother of Dennis Chatham and his wife Linda, Darlene and her husband Allen Caylor, and Dianne Richards.
    For those wishing to send cards, her address is: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Pastor Kevin Bonifacius and his wife, Connie, arrived in Brownstown in January to minister to First Christian Church.

  • Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • ‘Swampy’ has a playmate
    We, the old Homesteaders, took the liberty to name the new little calf in neighbor Scott’s pasture “Swampy,” because the recent rains have left the pasture grounds soggy in places, namely near the little guy’s (or girl’s) birth site.
    As the cold winds were also blowing, we were concerned about him, but he is doing fine. There is a big shed for shelter, but longhorn cattle don’t seem to like a roof over their heads.

  • Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 13
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Winter Awards Program, 7 p.m., high school Cafeteria.
    Thursday, March 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 16

  • Brylie Mae Schmid
    Chris Schmid and Sarah Lilly of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Brylie Mae weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Andrew and Pamela Lilly of Beecher City, and Mark and Tracy Schmid of Auburn.