Today's Features

    Thursday, January 30
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, January 31
    • Scouts will have a lock-in in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 6 p.m. on Friday until 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
    Saturday, February 1
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon

  • Just A Note …
    … to our readers – Thanks for your patience and understanding during the recent weather, which curtailed events and visiting, and caused cancellations of meetings and other regularly scheduled events.
    Also, thanks for concern when I was hit by a “bug” last week, which caused severe dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms.
    We sincerely hope you all stay well, warm and safe. Spring can’t be far away.
    Callie, the Kitty getting Cabin Fever

  • Gordon Reichert
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Gorden Reichert will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Methodist Church in Farina.
    Refreshments will be served.

  • Pvt. Cody L. Huddlestun
    Army National Guard Pvt. Cody L. Huddlestun has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
    The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.
    During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions.

  • The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center will hold its annual fundraising banquet in March.
    The banquet committee is excited to announce Mike G. Williams as the 2014 banquet speaker.      
    Williams is a nationally known speaker and writer who has a passion for life. He is heard daily on the SiriusXM Satellite radio’s Laugh USA.

  • Bob and Linda Dugan of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 1.

  • When we were children, we were told many stories from the Bible that we still remember today. We heard about Daniel in the lion’s den, Noah and the ark and, of course, each year we heard about the birth of baby Jesus.
    We may not have understood the full meaning of theses stories in the Bible, but we knew that there was something very special about them.

  • Critter Corner
    The Homestead bird feeder has been visited regularly by our little feathered friends, the snowbirds.
    We also suspect a woods critter coming by, as twice we have found the “bowl” part of the feeder overturned, as if furry paws may have hung on to the edge of it.
    We don’t suspect squirrels, as we have not seen any of them at this location, the north end of the lane, and also, the bird feeder bowl is pretty heavy to be tilted over by a little squirrel. We suspect a raccoon or an opossum.

    Thursday, January 23
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes.
    Friday, January 24
    • St. Elmo Education Foundation annual soup Supper, 5-7 p.m., in the high school cafeteria. Menu: chili or vegetable soup, peanut butter or chicken salad sandwich or hot dog, dessert; and drink; or hot dog, chips, dessert and drink. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children under age 12. All proceeds are for scholarships.
    Saturday, January 25

  • Marie Warner
    An open house to celebrate Marie Warner’s 100th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.

    Family and friends are invited to attend. The family requests no gifts, but she enjoys cards.