Today's Features

  • Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle Chasteen are the parents of a daughter, Elle Meredith, born on Oct. 22, 2015.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces. She was welcomed home by her sister, Claire.
    Grandparents are Andy and Karla Drewes, and Jerry and Connie Chasteen.
    St. Peter’s
    Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 201.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A special guest speaker was seminary student Adam Carnehl, the Adopt-a-Student of the LWML.

  • New Coats for Barn Critters
    Baby Bucky Burro, his mama, Madricka, and Lady, the senior mini-horse, are wearing their new winter coats. Lady’s coat is particularly pretty, as she chose a little different color that becomes her. Usually it is sort of a dapple gray, but the dominant color is a shade or two darker this year, and Bill describes it as looking rather like an Appaloosa now.
    Madricka just looks lovely, as always, and baby Buckwheat looks cute and cuddly with his fuzzy new coat.

    Thursday, October 29
    • The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Saturday, October 31
    • St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
    • Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
    Sunday, November 1
    • Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
    • Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • A new florist has opened its doors in Vandalia, and Drake Thompson is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of providing flowers for the citizens of Vandalia and surrounding areas.

  • There was a lot of activity in the area of Vandalia’s Rogier Park last weekend. One hundred and one people with 29 Gold Wing motorcycles, the members of the Gold Wing Chapter I-70 Road Riders, gathered to celebrate their 30th anniversary.  

  • Stan and Nadine Johnson celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

  • In celebration of the congregation’s 150th Anniversary, “An Evening of Music” will be presented at St. James Lutheran Church this Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Performers for this concert of organ and piano music will be Carlo and Stephanie van Ulft.
    The concert is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted for the St. James Music Fund, which supports the church’s organ, piano, handbells and choirs. The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. A reception will follow the program.

    Saturday, October 17
    • Following St. Mary’s Catholic Church 5:30 p.m. Mass, a wiener roast will be held at the rural home of Ed and Mona Durbin to welcome the Rev. Marek Kasterczuk. Those attending are to take a favorite dish to share.
    Sunday, October 18
    • Boy Scouts will be collecting new or gently used shoes of all types, sizes through this Sunday.
    • Sunday Night Live youth group will have a wiener roast from 6-7:30 p.m. at the home of Jeffrey and Summer Maxey.
    Monday, October 19

  • Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday through Sunday with Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. Belinda and Mahala held a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to Kimmswick to dine at Blue Owl Café and participate in the “Witches Night Out” event.
    Clarence Wodtka, a lifelong resident of St. Peter, died on Monday of last week. His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Friday.

  • Critters Having Company
    The past few days, two of the “neighbor kids” from the longhorn pasture across the way have been visiting the Homestead bunch and enjoying nibbling on the green grass.  
    The other barnyard critters, Madricka, and her baby burro, Buckwheat, and  Lady, the pretty senior mini-horse, watch the strangers, but they do not let the visitors interrupt their meals or their naps in the sunshine.