Today's Features

  • Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia will host its 10th annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    The Rev. Norris Price will serve as emcee for the concert, and performers will include Ed Taylor; FourGiven Quartet; Beth Hoffman and Megan Goodman; Cassidy Jones; Jim Arndt; Taylor Leidner; Tammy Hall; Jackie Forbes; Shirley Eddie; and Bethel Praise Band.
    The concert is open to the public. The church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call 326-7451 or 267-2644.

  • Week of Nov. 23
    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, we reached out and no one reached back! Where was everyone?  No FAYCO, no Long Term Care, no Vandalia Rehab.

  • Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo.; Nathan, Mahala, and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.; Mike and Renee Haarmann of Edgewood; Helen Limes of St. Peter; Edwin Hawkey of Farina; and Marvin and Ruby Higgenbotham of Farina.
    Belinda’s brother, Tony Limes of Ridgely, Tenn., stopped by that evening to visit.
    Mitch Harpster and family, and Mahala Jacquin and family spent the remainder of the weekend.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

    Thursday, December 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Joe’s Pizza at Altamont.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 5:20 p.m. to carpool to Vandalia. The Christmas party will be at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Capitol View Steak House.
    Friday, December 4

  • Josie, the Senior Doggie, Yearning for Texas …
    … Or Florida or the Bahamas, etc. Early Tuesday morning, we heard Josie barking loudly and consistently. Going to see what was wrong, we found her in her little bed in the living room, barking, evidently, because she was cold and her Tinker Bell blanket wasn’t over her.
    We covered her up with her blanket and she quieted right down. It was 73 degrees in the house, which is usually how we like it, but it did seem a little chilly that morning … and she let us know it was not warm enough for her!

  • Volunteer Wietse Schaafsma has been a driver for the Operation OUTING bus for more than six years, and at this time, is the only driver, as the years have taken their toll in health issues, disability, death and other conditions.

    Thursday, November 19
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Pondersoas.
    • The First United Methodist Church will have an all-church Thanksgiving dinner at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class is furnishing the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, beverages and all of the table service. Those attending can take a vegetable, a salad or a dessert. This year is the 65th Anniversary of the class and the members hope the dinner will have a good attendance.
    Saturday, November 21

  • Critters Ready For Winter…
    … especially little Baby Bucky Burro. His pretty, long ears are now fuzzy, as his is face, which makes him all the cuter. He is just about as tall as his mom, Madricka, but she still corrects him with a stern little “nib” when he is acting up and trying to push her away from the carrots and petting.
    They both watch for the back door to open in the early mornings, and Madricka usually sends a message that it is time for breakfast when she sees us.

  • Visits Parents
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Friday through Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Turkey Supper
    The annual turkey supper hosted by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and School will be held on Sunday in the St. Peter Lutheran School gym. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is: adults, $10; children, $5; and under 3: free. Carry-outs will be available. Supported by Thrivent Action Team.
    Shawn Lotz Benefit Account
    Shawn Lotz of St. Peter was critically injured on Oct. 25.

  • When a Golden Years Club member met with Diane Pavinato, a representative of the U.S. Pipeline Inc., she explained the Golden Years Club’s  need for a new club building, due to the deterioration of its current home, which was originally the old Pilcher building of early Brownstown days.