Today's Features

  • The Ramblin’ Rose Bus, a ministry sponsored by Effingham Catholic Charities, will travel to 14 towns in the seven-county area this summer to deliver school supplies and clothing.
    The program is designed to provide assistance to families with limited financial means, who qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

  • When I heard about the shooting in Orlando on Sunday morning I thought to myself – not again.
    I think I was a little numb to the whole thing; I couldn’t fully react to it.

  • Believe It or Not
    We can hardly believe it, but it sounds like Tarzan, the little tree frog, and it looks like Tarzan, and we don’t really think it is him. But the past few days, a little green tree frog has taken up residence on our back porch. He hides in the daytime behind my lawn chair, but sometimes we catch a glimpse of him. One day, there were two of the little creatures on our porch.
    One day, he was sitting on our storm door, so up high and close to the edge,

  • Birth
    Tony and Julie (Roberts) Farthing of Farina were blessed with a son on Thursday, June 9. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Bryant John was welcomed by his brother, Evan. Grandparents are John and Sue Roberts.  
    Lifelong St. Peter resident Melvin Graumenz died on June 14. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Pastor Emrick returned to the pulpit after a two-week vacation.
    Worship attendance on Saturday evening was 110.

    Thursday, June 23
    • Art shows in Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Friday, June 24
    • Art shows in Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Saturday, June 25
    • Wheatland Township Cleanup Day 8 a.m.-3 p.m. See info following the Announcements.
    • Fayette County Fair Cleanup Day, 9 a.m.-noon at the Brownstown fairgrounds.
    • Art shows in Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Irene Reed
    A card shower has been requested for Irene Reed, who will celebratre her birthday on June 20.
    Cards may be sent to: Irene Reed, 105 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • 'Believing God' series at Northside
    “Believing God: Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith,” a 10-week DVD series, begins next Thursday at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    By Beth Moore, the series is “an in-depth study into the lives of Abraham, Moses and others as examples of people who believed God.
    Faye Watson is the facilitator for the series, which is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at the church. Those who plan to attend and want to have a workbook can contact Watson, 267-8487.

  • Libell
    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton, met on June 5 at Vandalia City Park.
    Thirty-four people attended, enjoying food, family and visiting.

  • Ben and Peggy Hunt of Ramsey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 5, at a private family celebration at Ramsey Christian Church.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club was invited to Mike and Laura Mulhern’s home on Lake Yaeger in Litchfield for a picnic lunch and a tour of Lake Yaeger on pontoon boats on Thursday, May 26, with 20 members and three guests attending.
    After everyone arrived and the food was ready, Dean Black asked for a moment of silence for Marty Gorman, a member who died recently. He always enjoyed coming to the meetings when he was able.
    Black then gave the meal prayer. Club members enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, and all of the trimmings.