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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, December 19
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kid’s Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    Thursday, December 20
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.

  • Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus’s pre-Christmas headquarters appear to be at the home of Al and Suzanne Schumacher, for Mrs. Claus graciously answered the door and appeared very comfortable and at ease in the Schumacher home.

  • The Moon has Waned …
    … but the indoor critters seem to have stepped up their” full moon activities,” or maybe they are having pre-mature cabin fever.
    When I am really busy, getting caught up in the house and going from room to room, Josie, the little doggie, follows me …from room to room.
    Callie, whose greatest enjoyment in life seems to be acting as an impediment in Josie’s progress, follows us and lies down across the doorways so Josie can’t get past. Josie barks until we tell Callie to move.

  • Week of Dec. 3
    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday evening through Sunday with her daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo. They attended a jewelry party on Thursday night.
    On Friday, Belinda joined Mahala and her co-workers for lunch at Hawthorne House in Labadie, Mo.  On Saturday, they shopped in St. Charles, Mo.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 194.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Ellijah Bahde served as acolyte.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. There will be no gift exchange.

  • Michaela Tarr and Nathan Oldfield, both of Lansing, Mich., were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Grand Ledge Country Club in Grand Ledge, Mich., with Judge Stewart Newblatt officiating.

  • Ruth Murfin
    Ruth Murfin of Vandalia will celebrate her 100th birthday on Dec. 21.
    She was born on Dec. 21, 1912, in Patoka, and she and the late Donald Murfin were married on Jan. 7, 1931, in Carlyle.

  • The Effingham area Tea Party elected officers at its meeting last week.
    The new president is Todd Slingerland of Altamont. David Schaefer of Beecher City is the secretary, and Jane Willenborg of Effingham is the returning treasurer.
    The party's next meeting will feature a former Effingham County Board chairman. The topic will be real estate taxes.
    The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at Culver's in Effingham.
    New members are always welcome.

  • Jessica Blain acquired a love for reading when she was a child.
    She earned a business degree in college, and that love for reading led her to apply for the position as director of the Evans Public Library, which she has now filled for five years.

  • By Edith Elliott
    What a day! What a joy! On Monday, it was 70 degrees outside, but we enjoyed the spirit of Christmas inside Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
    Donna Smith greeted us with a medley of beautiful Christmas carols: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “There’s a Song in the Air” and “Joy to the World,” to name a few.