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Today's Features

  • Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, they celebrated Belinda’s birthday at Colton’s Steak House in Washington, Mo., and were joined by Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, MO.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 161. The organist was Jan Mendonca. Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka. Acolyte was Emily Chapman.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • The Critter Corner Waterin’ Hole is Dry …
    … and the pasture grass is various shades of greenish-yellow and brown.
    We are keeping water available for all the critters all the time, and we even try to keep shallow containers of water out for the tiny creatures, such as little frogs, insects, and bugs, such as lightning bugs and butterflies.
    The longhorn cattle family takes all weather in stride, and can be seen on really hot days lying right out in the sun instead of taking advantage of the shade trees.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 12
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The regular St. Elmo Board of Education meeting this month will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the unit office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Lodge.
    Friday, July 13

  • A visit to the Fayette County Fair-grounds Saturday afternoon found that, although the temperature was in the three-digit range, area 4-H kids were braving the heat to participate in the rabbit competitions.

  • Doyle-Lawler
    The 57th annual Doyle-Lawler Reunion was held Sunday, June 24, at the Blue Mound Civic Center near Decatur.

  • Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia honored four long-time members this spring.

    Those honored included 60-year members Lester Arnold (left) and David Crye (center). Post 95 Commander John Blythe (right) presented the awards. Not present were 60-year member Wendell L. Hoffman and 50-year member Louie Warner.

  • Lacey Durbin and Jacob Nalley, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Allison Jo Brunk and Sheldon Sean Satterthwaite Jr., both of Brownstown, have announced their upcoming marriage.

  • Clarence and Mary Alender of Gillespie, formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th anniversary this week with family dinners on Sunday and Wednesday.

  • Farina patriotic gospel concert Saturday

    A patriotic gospel concert will be held in the Farina City Park this Saturday in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration there.
    The concert, hosted by John and Judy Roberts, will include the FourGiven Quartet of Vandalia and the Shepherdsmen Quartet from Woodlawn.
    The concert will begin at 4:30 and conclude at 6:30 p.m. on the stage in the Farina park.
    Those attending the concert are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit on during the concert.