Today's Features

  • Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Thursday through Sunday with Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. Belinda and Mahala held a rummage sale on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to Kimmswick to dine at Blue Owl Café and participate in the “Witches Night Out” event.
    Clarence Wodtka, a lifelong resident of St. Peter, died on Monday of last week. His funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Friday.

  • Critters Having Company
    The past few days, two of the “neighbor kids” from the longhorn pasture across the way have been visiting the Homestead bunch and enjoying nibbling on the green grass.  
    The other barnyard critters, Madricka, and her baby burro, Buckwheat, and  Lady, the pretty senior mini-horse, watch the strangers, but they do not let the visitors interrupt their meals or their naps in the sunshine.  

  • In the Bible, we are presented with the history of light. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
    At the Creation, God, the Creator, said, “Let there be light,” and at his word there was light. Light in all its fullness broke into time, and history focused on the life, death and personality of the Light of the World – Jesus. the Christ. Jesus dispelled the darkness from the tomb, and revealed the great and glorious light beyond the tomb.

  • The September CDA Meeting was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened the meeting with the pledge, which was followed by a memorial service for Cara Kelly.
    Cheryl Gale and Dietgard Hunsley were installed as new members. Eighteen officers and members were present.
    Reports of chairmen were given. Under leadership, Risé Sahr welcomed new members and encouraged everyone to continue BOGO (Bring One, Get One).

  • Ladd in concert at Liberty Christian

    Steve Ladd will be in concert at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
    Before becoming a soloist six years ago, Ladd sang with “The Anchormen” and “Gold City Quartet.” For the past four years, he has been singing with the Southern Illinois Homecoming Choir at concerts in Central and Southern Illinois.

  •   Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb's Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 132.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz. Mitchell Brauer served as acolyte. Attending elders were Jay Rothe and Curtis Jenne.
    A guest speaker was Pastor Jaya Bijjiga, a native of southern India. He has served as a missionary to Indian immigrants in Chicago, Texas, Missouri and other places. Currently, he continues his work as a missionary-at-large.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Jan Mendonca
    -Floyd Oertwig
    -Sue Urban

    Wednesday, October 7
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • St. Elmo City Council 6 p.m., city hall.
    • Reverb youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, October 8
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. The small group would like for more St. Elmo High School graduates to join them.
    •  St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • The stories on the kiosks for St. Elmo, Brownstown and Vandalia, though briefness was a necessity, seem to get to the heart of each of the towns, both through the text and photographs that compose the panels on the kiosks.

  • The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin the 2016 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Thursday Oct. 1. That is the first day that appointments can be made for the program.
    October and November are priority months reserved for those households that have either a member aged 60 and above or disabled. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach offices.  
    Starting on Nov. 2, applications will also be accepted from households that at the time of application have a child under age 6; proof of age will be required.