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Today's Features

  • Thursday, Dec. 2 – Pepper steak w/oriental vegetables over rice., fruit for salad, butter beans, whole wheat bread.
    Friday, Dec. 3 – Fried chicken, sweet potato, green beans, peaches, whole grain roll.
    Monday, Dec. 6 – Ham and beans, cole slaw, tomatoes, onions, peach pie, cornbread.
    Tuesday, Dec. 7 – Pork chop, scalloped potatoes, spinach, banana, oatmeal raisin cookie, whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Dec. 8 – Roast turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes, fruit cocktail in Jello, whole grain bread.

  • Matthew A. Riedle (right) was sworn in as a member of the Illinois Bar on Nov. 4 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. He was sworn in by Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Fifth District. Riedle is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Kansas School of Law. He is the son of Kent and Beth Riedle.

  • Sneaky Pete, the Wiley Wolf, Sighting
    We had been concerned about the lone wolf, Sneaky Pete, who visited the Homestead so long, as we hadn’t seem him for some time. We had a report a few weeks ago that someone thought they saw him, but not sure.  
    Sunday night, cousin Pauline Tackett’s border collie began barking frantically, unlike she had ever barked. Pauline then heard a loud, ferocious snarling and ran out on her back porch with flashlight.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    • Century Culture Club, 12:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet in the St. Elmo Community Park and probably will put up the Christmas decorations in the park and the Centennial Building.
    Thursday, Dec. 9
    • The Lunch Bunch will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They will have a $10 gift exchange and the gift should be for either a man or woman.

  • Churches combine to present cantata

    Immanuel (Augsburg) and St. Paul Lutheran churches of Shobonier and St. Peter Lutheran Church of St. Peter will present a Christmas cantata called "Child of Hope" this weekend.

    With combined voices from the three congregations, plus audience participation, the cantata expresses in new as well as familiar music the real message of Christmas – the birth of Christ.

  • The Altamont Zone of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League recently collected food, toiletries and other items to be donated to Concordia Seminary students and their families at the St. Louis campus.
    The following congregations participated: Holy Cross Ladies Society, Vandalia; Immanuel Ladies Aid, Shobonier; St. Paul Ladies Aid, Shobonier; St. Peter LWML/Ladies Aid, St. Peter; Immanuel LWML and Immanuel Ladies Aid, Altamont; St. Paul's Ladies Aid, Blue Point; Bethlehem Ladies Aid, Altamont; Zion LWML, Altamont; and Salem Ladies Society, Salem.

  • By the Rev. Olen Evans

    First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • This week’s Fayette Faces is the third in the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts.” Probably the most precious of all gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. Rather, they are wrapped with the warmth and caring love of the heart of the giver(s) … and that is what these stories are about.
    This week, it is about many people working together to make life a little better for those who have already given for others – our veterans – in the VA hospitals and also those who are homeless.

  • Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mahala Harpster, Helen Limes, Renee Key and Mike Harmon. Kyle Higgenbotham visited later in the afternoon.

    Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo.

  •  “She Came To a Screeching Halt”
    …were the words said by the male human of the Homestead, namely my husband, Bill. He was referring to my busy, busy lifestyle and the sudden stop caused by my episode when I slipped and fell, breaking the fibula in my left ankle.

    We were in Decatur on Saturday, having went there for a post-Thanksgiving dinner, but rather than go to a hospital emergency room there, I wanted to be taken care of by our own staff in Vandalia.