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Today's Features

  • In Answer to Inquiries…
    …Betsy, the Longhorn, and her “pen pals”  (the Bartels’ girl, Geneva; “Red,” the rebel, and the two youngsters, Minny and Mosia ) are doing fine, contentedly grazing, chewing their cud, napping and switching each other’s backs with their tails for fly control.
    Their pasture is on the east side of the lane. The cows on the west side of the lane belong to our neighbor.

  • Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 169.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Guest speaker was the Rev. Donald Antor.
    Acolyte was Kacie Crain.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    Birthdays
    • Curtis Jenne

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
    Saturday, June 9
    • The Altamont Lions Club is hosting a fishing rodeo from 8 a.m.-noon for children through the age of 14 at the Glen Mathis Lake, which is two miles east of Altamont on U.S Route 40. See other info following the announcements.

  • • The year was 1908 – Theodore Roosevelt was president, Oklahoma was a new state coming into the Union, the average income was $490 a year, a loaf of bread cost five cents, the United States was in a depression, population in the U.S. was a little more than 87,000,000, and Mildred McDowell was born on Feb. 17.

  • By Panzi Blackwell
    Twenty-four members and one guest signed the register for the Golden Years meeting on May 8.

  • Evelyn Probst
    Evelyn Probst will be celebrating her 90th birthday with a reception for family and friends from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ramsey American Legion Home.


    The public is invited. The family requests no gifts.
    Cards may be sent to: Evelyn Probst, RR 1, Box 93, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Kara Ann Stone
    Katie Lape and Jeff Stone of rural Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Miley Worker of Vandalia was recently crowned the Miss Illinois Princess at the International Junior Miss Pageant in Chicago.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dowell of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    Bob Dowell and the former Margie Niehaus were married on June 3, 1962, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Wild Birds
    Last week’s column about the wild birds brought forth several comments from bird watchers. It seems many Fayette County residents provide feeding stations, birdhouses and nesting materials for the little feathered critters.
    Return of the Quail
    The first year we lived here, there was a family of little quail that lived at the north end of the lane. We would sometimes see the little family as we were driving out of the lane. The little ones followed their mother, and we enjoyed them so much.