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Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. Al Niemeyer of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 2, with an open house from 2-4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Newburn will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7.


    Ronald Newburn and Barbara Young were married on Sept. 7, 1962, at Macedonia Christian Church in rural St. Elmo. Their attendants were Edwin Mattix of St. Elmo and Marjorie (Young) Daugherty of Louisville, Ill.
    The couple will celebrate their anniversary at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Macedonia Christian Church.
    Family members, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.
     

  • The OASIS members and friends of First Baptist Church in Vandalia have been enjoying a variety of activities.
    In March, Mary Truitt presented a program titled "Museum in a Suitcase." Included were many items from the Vandalia Museum and information regarding each item. She is very knowledgeable about Vandalia, Fayette County  and the Vandalia Museum.
    In April, some members attended Jubilee (an event featuring gospel music and preaching, held in Branson, Mo.).

  • Every day of our lives, we make dozens of choices. Many of them are so easy that we do not even have to think about them.

  • By  Charlene M. Jett
    After the drought and a little rain, the clouds felt like ice cream on the skin, so cool and soothing. In case you didn’t know it already, you made it through the worst drought since 1936.
    Beverly Hood was the program manager at Evergreen Outreach on Monday, and Bernie Ray played the introductory music while everyone had refreshments and cookies from Barb McCart. Our main entertainers were Judy Vargas and Randy Schukar.

  • Justyn Allen, son of Jeff and Michele (Hovious) Allen of Paris, Ill., and grandson of Earl and Deanna Hovious of Brownstown, played on a traveling team in Paris this summer.

  • Melvin and Gladys Graumenz of St. Peter attended the installation service for their granddaughter, Carmen Yagow, as a teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School in Springfield on Sunday.
    Elijah and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., returned home on Sunday after spending the week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    Florence Lange, 84, of Altamont, died on Sunday, Aug. 19. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • Name That (Wild) Bird!
    The last few days, we have noticed tiny little birds flying around the Homestead and the lane. They are small, like wild canaries, are in flocks, as canaries fly. But they don’t seem to have the bright colors. They don’t come close enough to get a really good look at them, but seem very tiny.
    The little hummingbirds (all two of them), Rufus and Alice, are hitting the feeder pretty hard. We wonder if they are preparing to go back home early this year.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 23
    • The Illinois Home and Community Education Districts 6-7’s annual meeting will be held at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m.
    Friday, August 24
    • St. Elmo Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. in the home of Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt. Anyone interested in helping save the Elmo Theater is welcome to attend. Those attending can take a dish to share; meat will be provided.

  • The late Clifford Nickels, who lived on the road now known as Ill. Route 185, across from the area on which the 4-Mile Store once stood, shared many of his memories of the long-ago days of his youth.