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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 31
    • This Wednesday is the final day to pay the early $2 fee to register to participate in the Labor Day parade. Registration is at the St. Elmo City Hall. The fee for those registering on the parade day is $5.
    • The St. Elmo Swimming Pool will open from 6-8 p.m.
    Thursday, Sept. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., scheduled in the home of Sandra Lovett.

  • By Pat Rhodes

    What a beautiful day for an outing to Evergreen Outreach on Monday!

    As I entered Wesley Hall,  I heard laughter and chatter coming from the room. Our guests from FAYCO, Sweetbriar, Vandalia Rehab and Fayette County Long Term Care seemed happy to be back this week after missing last Monday for a lack of air-conditioning in the hall.

    Bettye Stolte was at the piano,  playing a variety of lively tunes to get the party started.

  • Jump For Joel Marathon is Sept. 24

    Plans are under way for this year's running of the third annual Jump For Joel Marathon in St. Elmo at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

    The race, which allows participants to run, bike or walk (or a combination of the three) the 26.2 miles, is used to support the organization's effort to purchase food for more than 100 children at Gathiga Children's Hope Home in Gathiga, Kenya.

    The event is organized by Lindsay Lash and Shana Stine. Registration fee is $26.20

  • I was walking through the mall recently while waiting for my wife to wind up her shopping trip, when suddenly one of those doorway specials caught my eye.

    It was a book. A small book, but the price had been drastically reduced. The subtitle, “100 recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and preserves,” caused me to shell out five bucks of last month's skimpy Social Security check, and I took the book home with me.  

  • Five generations of the Foust family are pictured.

  • Fern Henry
    The family of Fern Henry of Vandalia has requested a card shower in honor of her 80th birthday.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 1304 West Jefferson St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

    Marjorie Younker
    Marjorie Younker of Vandalia will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the home of Dave and Pam Younker, 426 E. 5th. St., Ramsey.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 602 N. 4th. St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Audrey Rose McDonald
    Sean and Rosie McDonald of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 10:27 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was named Audrey Rose.

    Grandparents are Gary and Susan Miller of Ramsey, Mike and Tammy McDonald of Ramsey, and Marcie Best of Vandalia.  

  • The Rev. Herbert and Mary Coates of Greenville will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

    Herbert and the former Mary Britt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Britt of West Lafayette, Ind., were married on September 7, 1951, at the Free Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., with the Rev. C.H. Coates, father of the groom, and the Rev. L.M. Gaines, pastor of the Lafayette, Ind., officiating.

    The Rev. Coates was the newly appointed pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Dallas City.

  • Bethany Stuemke of Altamont and Lee Doyle of Ramsey have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Dwight and Lori Stuemke of Altamont. Grandparents are Sam and Judy Stuemke, and Janice and the late Gary Wallace, all of Altamont.

    She is a 2008 graduate of Altamont High School and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois College, Harrisburg, with an applied science degree in the veterinary tech field. She is currently employed as a certified pet care tech at Heidanes Hidden Timbers in Altamont.

  • When Caitlyn Campbell was a small child, she hated dogs. They scared her.

    But when her grandparents, Wynn and Sarah Provines, bought a pug puppy, it changed everything. Not only did she overcome her fear of dogs, but she and Charlie the pug became inseparable. They did everything together. And she took countless pictures of her four-legged playmate.

    Then – tragically – Charlie was hit by a car and died.