Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Schwarm celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this Wednesday.

    Bobby Schwarm and Brenda Snow were married on March 7, 1987, in Brownstown, at the home of Paul and Dee Fisher, parents of the bride.
    They are the parents of four children: Curtis, Clint and his wife Tiffany, Jamie and Chelsie.
    They have four grandchildren: Austin, Bradley, Braden and Dalvin.
    A card shower is being held for the Schwarms. Cards may be sent to RR 2, Box 18, Farina, Ill. 62838.

  • Mr. and Mrs. James “Jim” Wood will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Jim Wood and Nancy Kay Clark were married on March 9, 1962, in Independence, Mo.
    Jim was born in Nevada, Mo., but was reared in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Nancy was born and reared in Independence, Mo., where they lived for four years.
    They then moved to the Lake of the Ozarks, where Jim began a welding business.

  • Obtains Employment in Missouri
    Mahala Harpster of St. Peter received word on Friday that she had obtained employment at Land O’ Lakes/Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo.
    She will be moving in the next couple of weeks. Mahala graduated in December from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in animal science/agri-business. She is the daughter of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 185.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.

  • Critters Wiser Than Some of Us? (Just Musing)             
    Although shorts and flip-flops on bare feet were seen this past weekend on humans, we notice the critters are still wearing their fuzzy, winter coats. Thus, when the strong, cold winter winds blew in snow over the weekend, the critters did not have to hurriedly pull on warmer coats, socks and shoes.

    Thursday, March 8
    • A telenet lesson, “Going Green,” will be given at the Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia, at 10 a.m. This is for Home and Community Education Units, and the public is welcome to attend.
    • The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board will not meet until Tuesday, March 13.
    • The Fayette County livestock meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Courtney Taylor, youth leader at the Northside Christian Church, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon next Wednesday at the St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Ethyn James Wright
    Trevor and Tara Wright of Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 12:54 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • On Sunday, Jan. 29, several family members and friends joined together at the Loudon Town Hall in rural Beecher City to celebrate three big milestone birthdays and others.
    The honored guests were: MaryBelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, celebrating her 90th birthday; Carrie Dodson of St. Elmo, celebrating her 80th birthday; and Cora Miley of rural Beecher City, celebrating her 75th birthday. Both Carrie and Cora are nieces of MaryBelle.

  • Sausage, pancake supper March 8

    The annual sausage and pancake supper, sponsored by the Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, will be held next Thursday, March 8, from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall.
    Donations are appreciated, and funds raised will be used to support UMM projects.
    Parking is available in the back of the church.
    For more information, call the church at 283-3684.

    Women's Bible study Tuesday

  • By Mary Woolsey
    As people were entering Evergreen Outreach on Monday, SoftFire was playing Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Other foot-tapping melodies, such as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and  “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” also were played.
    David and Patricia Pence, known as SoftFire, provided the entertainment for the day. They brought their beautiful border collies with them – Daniel, John, Rufus and Gracie.