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Today's Features

  • Vandalia native Paul Stroble recently published his 17th and 18th  books.
    “Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament” is published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, Ky.
    Drawing on the New Testament story of the Walk to Emmaus, where Jesus explains the scriptures to two travelers, Stroble selects scriptures that Jesus might have explained to his companions on the road.

  • By Charlene M Jett
    The joy of Christmas rang true in Wesley Hall on Monday as Evergreen Outreach embarked on the beginning of another successful year. HAPPY NEW YEAR! There was a savoring of the last few days of the lighted Christmas tree, the table full of Poinsettias and tons of cookies.

  • Signs of Spring … Already?!
    Yes! First reported Monday morning on Panzi’s Partyline show by our river-bottom reporter, DeeDee Diveley, then a confirmation of the phenomenon when Danny Donaldson mentioned (during an unrelated passing conversation later the same day) that he had seen already seen dandelions blooming.
    DeeDee was taking the dogs for a walk when she saw  dandelions, and also said that she saw a small tree along the roadside with pink blooms on it.

  • Happy New Year, everyone!
    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Saturday night with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They were here to celebrate the Stein family Christmas.
    Death
    Carl Rothe, formerly of St. Peter, died on Dec. 29.
    His funeral was on Jan. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro.
    Fun Fair
    St. Peter’s Lutheran School & Little Saints Preschool Fun Fair supper and auction will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17. at St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, January 6
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., city hall.
    Thursday, January 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • Camilla Diveley celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 13.

    A lifetime resident of Vandalia, she was born to Mr. and Mrs. John (Julia) Diveley on a farm in Sefton Township.
    She had four sisters: Genevieve, now 98; Vodithe (Reavis, deceased); and twin sisters Beatrice (Davis), now 92, and Bernice (Scraper, deceased).
    Camilla grew up on the farm with her sisters, and she attended a one-room school that housed eight grades.  She graduated from Vandalia High School, where she was a member of an award-winning debate team.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Such a BIG success Monday – indescribably wonderful!  Whoever has even remotely considered cancelling EO should have their head examined after Monday! We had our best Christmas EO meeting ever.
    The stage was set for the routine, but it became wonder-filled, joyous and full!

  • Weekend Visit
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss, both of St. Peter, spent Friday to Sunday with Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., while their parents vacationed in Hawaii.
    They enjoyed playing games, watching a movie and shopping.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 183.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Alexis Roberts served as acolyte.Attending elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Ray Reed

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, December 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, December 11
    • This Friday is the last day Christmas gifts can be taken to St. Elmo City Hall for the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree. See the Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree announcement.
    Sunday, December 13