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Today's Features

  • Salvation Army raises $15,200 in county

    The Salvation Army bell ringers in Fayette County raised a record-breaking $15,200 from their efforts during the Christmas holiday season. Last year, $15,022 was raised.
    The volunteers rang the bells for more than 210 hours at locations across Fayette County. Donations were collected from shoppers, who put money in the Salvation Army kettles.

  • By Edith Elliott
    Donna Smith greeted guests with piano melodies from the past at Monday's Evergreen Outreach program. Among those songs were: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" Amazing Grace" and "How Great Thou Art."
    The Rev. Jim Fackler led the "Welcome" and "Evergreen" songs. He also recognized those who had birthdays: Sharon Maxwell, Patricia Pence, Susann Schumacher and Margaret Rogers.

  • But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
    The joy we celebrate at Christmas is for the arrival of the long-awaited Savior, Jesus in the flesh. In Luke, chapter two, Mary and Joseph are carrying the infant Jesus, who is 40 days old. Jesus, the savior of the world, makes his entrance into the temple in Jerusalem. It was time for Mary and Joseph to offer the required sacrifice for the first-born male.

  • Sharon LaDage retired from teaching approximately 10 years ago, but her interest, involvement and promotion in helping to provide a better education for young people has not waned; in fact, it has only intensified.

  • By Panzi Blackwell

    Blackie & Rhonda (hens) Declare Truce on the Chicken Roost
    As our faithful readers know, Blackie, the bereaved hen, would not accept Rhonda, the red hen, as a friend, perhaps out of loyalty to Anita, her childhood playmate and mature hen, best-girl friend and confidant (who met a horrible fate when a devious Red Fox took her “out for breakfast”).

  • By Belinda Harpster

     

  • By Anna Jean Rhodes

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 11
    • The U of I Extension will host a workshop, “Finding Your Get Up and Go,” at 1:30 p.m. at the Effingham Extension office. There is no fee, but those interested need to pre-register by calling 217-347-7773. The workshop will introduce strategies for getting motivated and taking action and will cover optimism, attitude, social involvement and positive outlook.

  • 'Not A Fan' series to start at Liberty

    This Sunday, Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will begin a new six-week sermon series titled "Not A Fan."
    The series will explore Jesus's invitation to follow him – not to just be a "fan," but to be a completely committed follower.
    The series will include small-group Bible studies.
    For more information, call the church at 347-2271.

    Holy Cross to study 'Batman' movie

  • By Melanie Schaafsma
    Pam Childers played good, old-time tunes Monday as the Evergreen Outreach guests assembled. She played "I’m Lookin’ Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "Jeepers Creepers (Where’d You Get Those Peepers)", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "My Ragtime Gal," "And the Band Played On," "Clementine," "Bicycle Built for Two," "I’ve Been Working on the Railroad" and "Auld Lang Syne," so appropriate for the second day of the new year.

  • Over the years, I have received many Christmas cards. They are beautiful, and I hold onto them for a while before I let them go.