Today's Features

  • Ian Noah Zenker
    Jon and Andrea Zenker of West Chicago are the parents of a boy born at 9:06 p.m. on April 4, 2012, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He was named Ian Noah, and he has a brother, Evan, age 2.
    Grandparents are Dannie and Patty Donaldson of Vandalia, and Steve and Arlene Zenker of Hampshire.
    Great-grandparents are Herschel and Barb Ambuehl of Farina.

  • On June 15-16, Dr. Don and Phyllis Rames of Vandalia hosted a bridal shower in honor of Christopher Orr and Stellena Caudill of Winston-Salem, N.C. Those attending the shower included all members of the Rames family, Joy Orr, and David and Twilla Orr and son David.

  • Lauren Radliff of Chatham and Aaron Sczurko of O’Fallon have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • By  Charlene M. Jett
    Our meeting on Monday can be remembered as the day the record heat broke! Naturally, the iced tea and water were started early, along with the delightful music played by Donna Smith. The cookies, supplied by Jamie Casey and Amy Vieregge, were pecan sandies, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We also had on hand angel food cake for those who need to keep their sugar low.  
    The Rev. Jim Fackler started the program with about a dozen one-line jokes, which would have made Bob Hope jealous! Where does he get them all?

  • We don’t hear much about judgment day or hell these days. Perhaps we have become so modernized (or post-modernized) that condemnation seems out of place in our culture. In fact, with the incredible emphasis we place on tolerance and acceptance of all behaviors, condemnation seems quite inappropriate.

  • Celebrate Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday evening, they celebrated Belinda’s birthday at Colton’s Steak House in Washington, Mo., and were joined by Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, MO.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 161. The organist was Jan Mendonca. Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka. Acolyte was Emily Chapman.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • The Critter Corner Waterin’ Hole is Dry …
    … and the pasture grass is various shades of greenish-yellow and brown.
    We are keeping water available for all the critters all the time, and we even try to keep shallow containers of water out for the tiny creatures, such as little frogs, insects, and bugs, such as lightning bugs and butterflies.
    The longhorn cattle family takes all weather in stride, and can be seen on really hot days lying right out in the sun instead of taking advantage of the shade trees.

    Thursday, July 12
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m. at the Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The regular St. Elmo Board of Education meeting this month will be held at 7:30 p. m. at the unit office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Lodge.
    Friday, July 13

  • A visit to the Fayette County Fair-grounds Saturday afternoon found that, although the temperature was in the three-digit range, area 4-H kids were braving the heat to participate in the rabbit competitions.

  • Doyle-Lawler
    The 57th annual Doyle-Lawler Reunion was held Sunday, June 24, at the Blue Mound Civic Center near Decatur.