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Today's Features

  • Small Tornado in St. Peter
    On Saturday evening, a small tornado touched down on the outskirts of St. Peter. It caused some severe damage to a shed at the home of Herschel Ambuehl. Fortunately, no one was injured. Power lines were down, causing a town-wide power outage for the rest of the night, and most of the day on Sunday. The town was at a standstill, even cancelling church! Some roads were flooded and even closed as of Monday morning
    Spends Weekend with Grandparents

  • On the Homestead Back Porch …
    … concern about the various resident wild critters is growing. The mother robin is still holding down the family nest, although our human inhabitant traffic next to it continues.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 4
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Officers will be installed and dues of $15 for 2017 will be collected.
    Friday, May 5
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Saturday, May 6
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Sunday, May 7

  • Update on Mother Robin’s “Squatter’s Rights”
    Mother Robin is firmly ensconced on top of the Homestead back porch light, on the porch wall, right next to the door.
    We figured she would be moving on, as we come and go through that door, but we noticed her taking flight off the nest only a few times at first.
    It concerned us that her eggs many not hatch if she continually left them, but now she seems be used to us and stays on the nest.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 164.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Alex Hawkey served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Paul Reynolds and Brien Guy.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Carl Benning
    -Haven Mueller
    -Harry Busse
    -Floyd Oertwig
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Randy Dorr
    -Stefan Goolsby
    -Donna Oertwig
    -Keith Manley

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 27
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.                            
    Friday, April 28
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Saturday, April 29
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.

  • Sophia Anna
    Adam and Krista Cole of Colorado Springs, Colo., are the parents of a girl born at 9:55 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016.

    Sophia Anna weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.
    She has a sister, Olivia Allison.
    Maternal grandparents are Ty and Lisa Langham of Greenville, and paternal grandparents are Fred and Shirley Cole of Vandalia.

  • Carissa Lotz of Effingham and Andrew Snow of Kinmundy have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Farewell to Saundra, A Special Friend
    Saundra Motycka-Helm, a faithful, loyal and caring friend to many, left us to take her place in Heaven on Saturday, April 8, leaving a void in our lives. As a young woman, she chose to care for others and made it her life’s work doing so.
    Saundra became a registered nurse, but she went beyond caring for others’ physical well being, as she went the extra mile, in ministering to others’ heartbreaks, struggles and problems, emotional and otherwise.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., visited them on Saturday. On Sunday evening, Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin joined them for dinner. Jan Jameson also stopped in for a visit.
    Confirmation
    Upon completing adult instruction classes, David Henderson, Angela Mace, and Brian and Aime Sigrist were confirmed during Sunday’s service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.