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Today's Features

  • Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.

  • Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.

  • Murl Williams
    Murl Williams of Collegedale, Tenn., formerly of the St. Elmo-Brownstown area, celebrated his 95th birthday this Wednesday.

    His family is requesting a card shower in his honor.
    Cards may be sent to: Box 229, Collegedale, Tenn. 37315.

  • Gerald and Keiko Lockart will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Andrea Gathe and Mark Meadows, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Critter Carrots Back On Schedule
    Due to circumstances beyond my control (and I hate that), the critters’ carrot treats schedule (which is whenever baby Buckwheat cries for one) has been uncontrollably off-schedule due to our bouts with the flu, the snow and now, the mud … but mainly, the flu bug.
    This last week, things have improved (flu bug reluctantly moved out, the snow melted and my army boots can handle the mud).

  • Blood Drive
    Giving blood doesn’t require much time. About an hour should do it. You can help save up to three lives in about an hour.
    The need is ongoing but the supply is not.
    A blood drive will be held at the Country Store (Menonite Store on the St. Peter/Shobonier blacktop) from 1-7 p.m. Monday, March 23.
    To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: CountryStore). Take a Photo ID card.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENT
    Wednesday, March 18
    Thursday, March 19
    • Vit-Em-In class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Saturday, March 21
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Birthday Month is March, and this Saturday, RNA will host a luncheon at noon in the Phillips Building. Those attending are to take sandwiches or salads; cake and ice cream will be furnished. Everyone is invited to attend the birthday celebration.
    Sunday, March 22

  • Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals. Call site director, Sharon Harris