Today's Features

  • 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.

    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.

  • Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building. There were approximately 52 in attendance.  

  • Helen Stine
    A card shower is being requested for Helen Stine of Brownstown, who will celebrate her 90th birthday.
    Cards may be sent to: 1667 N. 1625th St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Blythe McKay Smith and Nathaniel Alan Bergstrom, both of Florissant, Mo., were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on June 2, 2012, at North County Community Church in Hazelwood, Mo., with the Rev. Jimmie Montaigne officiating.

  • Bill and Iris Rademacher of Vandalia will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Bill Rademacher and the former Iris Brooks were married on Aug. 17, 1952, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the late Rev. Bill Henderson officiating.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve Rademacher and his wife Barb of Imperial, Mo.; David Rademacher and his wife Leann of Centralia; and Lea Ann and her husband Bruce Rubin of St. Peter.
    They have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.