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Today's Features

  • WEEK OF JUNE 25
    Retirement
    Sunday was the Rev. William Emrick’s last Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A dinner was held following the church service in the basement, with about 200 in attendance. Pastor Emrick will be joining his wife, Roxanne, at their home in Indianapolis, Ind.
    Baptism
    Emma Neri Elizabeth Wodtka, daughter of Brian and Rhiannon Wodtka, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Her godparents are Lincoln Brasel, and Clint and Erica Storck.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • Flo Allen was presented the Fayette County HCE Homemaker of the Year Award toward the end of the 69th annual meeting of the Fayette County Home and Community Education on June 8 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Pete, The Missouri Dog, Update
    In answer to inquiries by our readers:  A phone call from Missouri was received by the Homestead this week from Pete’s owner and buddy, Bill’s brother, Joe Blackwell.   

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 22
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. See more info following the announcements.
    Friday, June 23
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services inaugural golf outing. See info following these announcements.
    • Men’s Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.                 

  • Nora Lucille Walton
    Matthew and Misty Walton of Hillsboro are the parents of a girl born at 11:27 p.m. on April 30, 2017.
    Nora Lucille weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Harold and Wilma Pfeifer of New Palestine, Ind., and the late Sherry Pfeifer. Paternal grandparents are Steve and Kay Walton of Shobonier.
    Elaine Lange of Shobonier is the paternal great-grandmother.

  • Ellie Ehrat and John Doyle, both of Decatur, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Bunny Population Growing
    Since Bill’s little baby bunny friend started hanging around the chicken pen area, we have seen other apparent members of his family.
    Note: Although our first thought was to name  him “Thumper,” we’ve decided a more appropriate name for him would be “Buddy,” as he doesn’t seem to be afraid of Bill, but lets him get within 3 feet before he moves away.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, June 17
    • The Fayette County Amateur Town and Country Art Show and Professional Art Show will be open to the public at 1-8 p.m. in the Artworks Gallery in the upstairs of the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The showing will be on Sunday, June 25.

  • June Caylor
    A card shower has been requested for June Caylor, who will celebrate her 92nd birthday this Friday.
    Cards may be sent to her at: June Caylor, 1425 E. 2800 Ave., Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • “Missouri Pete” Eating, Doing Good …
    … but we think he is missing his buddy and pal, “Joe.”
    Pete is very sociable – he wags his tail and jumps around when he sees us, comes to the car for petting when we are leaving or returning, does not bark or “whine.” He is the perfect doggie guest, but where are times when he just seems to be looking a little lonely.