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Today's Features

  • Jim and Catherine Bowen of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
    Jim Bowen and the former Catherine Pettie were married on Sept. 9, 1961, at the Free Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Vernon Parsons officiating. Their attendants were Sam Grotts of Pana and Susan Ober Lager of Yukon, Okla.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve, Cathy and Quinn all of Vandalia.
    They have six grandchildren: Stephanie Bowen of Effingham, and Bailey and Cassidy Jones, and Jake, James and Quincy Bowen, all of Vandalia.

  • Ramsey series planned at Parkview

    A preview meeting for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series will be held this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    The 13-week series will be held at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church. The first two classes (Sept. 11 and 18) are free and open to the public. The series is part of a national campaign called “The Great Recovery.”
    The average participating family pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 during the course.

  • It is that time again, when parents may dread to learn that buying what is necessary for the new school year often means buying things so that their child can belong to all those kids pressured to follow the newest trends.

  • Every Thursday, from two to 10 women gather at Haley Chapel to exchange recipes (and samples), share ideas, introduce different crafts and patterns, share food on their “break,” and, most important of all, enjoy their friendships and all the good things that involves.

  • Austin
    The 17th annual Austin family reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Austin home place with a carry-in dinner at 1 p.m.

    Drinks and tableware will be furnished. All family and friends are invited to attend.

    Dothager
    The annual Dothager family reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Pleasant Mound Community Center with 49 in attendance.

  • On August 25 the ExxonMobil Annuitants met for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia with 28 members and four guests.

    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.

    President Dean Black opened the meeting with a welcome to all present. Secretary/treasurer reports was read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read. Humorous readings were read by LaVerne Laux and Madelon Fisher.

  • Family Outing
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Salem, Mo., over the weekend to meet their children for a family canoe trip on Current River.
    Those accompanying them were: Mitch, Gretchen and Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo. and her friend, Rebecca Wood of Troy.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 131.
    Acolyte was Dakota Bockstruck.
    Organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Allen Magnus and Sherman Hunt.

  • “Foghorn Leghorn,”
    The Rooster …
    …the most recent “critter bird” of the Homestead, is seen on the lane from morning until evening. Although he actually belongs to the chicken roost next door, he seems to prefer the lane, and can be seen happily scratching and picking about any time of the day.
    Bill dubbed him, “Foghorn Leghorn,” after a cartoon chicken in his youth. We will probably call him “Foggy” for short.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 31
    • This Wednesday is the final day to pay the early $2 fee to register to participate in the Labor Day parade. Registration is at the St. Elmo City Hall. The fee for those registering on the parade day is $5.
    • The St. Elmo Swimming Pool will open from 6-8 p.m.
    Thursday, Sept. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., scheduled in the home of Sandra Lovett.