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Today's Features

  • Hummingbirds Filling Their “Tanks”…
    …for the trip south for the winter.
    Several readers have commented on the increased activity around their hummingbird feeders, filling up with nutrients for their trip to their winter headquarters.
    They are amazing little creatures. One wonders if they make “pit stops” along the way south to refuel their delicate little bodies.
    Homestead Barn Critters Still in Summer Coats

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family, in Jackson, Mo.
    On Saturday, the family enjoyed a cookout at the home of Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller.
    Those attending were: Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and her fiancé Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 13
    • Embarras River District United Methodist Women fall Annual meeting, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Neoga United Methodist Church.

    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Funfest in observance of wine month will be held at the Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James from noon-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. to attend a concert on Saturday; and the normal hours of 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Dr. Glen Skow was born and reared in New York City, but has just a subtle “city” accent.

  • Kiyah Beth Knoche
    Mary and David Knoche of Alton are the parents of a girl born at 4:10 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Courtney Carroll and Aaron Sapp, both of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Deidre King and Matthew Langston, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Sefton churches to meet this weekend

    The 130th annual Sefton Township Churches Convention will be held this year at Emmanuel Methodist Church this weekend.
    The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday with an ice cream social.
    Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the convention will conclude with a basket dinner at noon.
    The church is located at the intersection of 1200 E and 1850 N.

     The Chosen Ones concert is Saturday

  • It was a wedding. One would expect us to speak of the promises of God on which we stand. Promises of love that will never let us go; promises that are certain. It is sure, God says, “I will never, never, never, never, ever forsake you or abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

  • Katy’s Convalescence Going Well
    Bill’s puppy, Katy, underwent elective surgery (spayed) last Thursday at Dr. B’s and all went well. Dr. Hemker and all the girls gave her tender, loving care and they reported that she was really a “good girl.”
    Because of the heavy rains, soaked grass, and mud, she is confined right now to the screened-in back porch, but as she was to take it easy for a few days, that is working out OK, too.