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Today's Features

  • Megan Sauer and Mitchell Rabe have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding

  • Rabbit Population Growing
    We believe Buddy Bunny’s cousins, aunts and uncles may be joining him on the Homestead, as we are seeing more of the cute, fuzzy, little critters hopping around in our yard in the early mornings, much to Katie, the doggy’s disapproval.
    She barks loudly and threateningly every time she sees one of them, and they seem to like to play near her pen.
    We think that she looks at them as big cats with long ears and fuzzy little tails.

  • Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Belinda’s nephew, Dustin Kizziar and his son Zak of Ft. Worth, Texas, and cousin, Rachael Arnold of Arnold, Mo.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 148.
    The vacancy pastor is the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Attending elders were Paul Reynolds and Brien Guy.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Helen Limes
    -Martha O’Dell

  • Announcements
    Thursday, July 27
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Maverick Restaurant.
    Sunday, July 30
    • The First Assembly of God Church will show the DVD “In Our Honor” at the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. sservice. It is on the 1967 story of when the Jews took back Jerusalem.
    Wednesday, August 2
    • St. Elmo City Council, 6 p.m., city hall.
    • “Exploring the Arts” for grades 3-8, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Thursday, August 3

  • County fairs have been an American tradition for many years – Fayette County’s informational book states that 2017 is the 87th year for the Fayette County Fair, offering something for all of the family.

  • WEEK OF JULY 9
    Celebrates Birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated Belinda’s birthday on Friday by going to the River-to-River Yard Sale from Cave-In Rock to Cape Girardeau.
    They spent Friday and Saturday nights with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Overnight Guest
    Pastor Bill Emrick of Indianapolis, Ind., spent Sunday night at the home of Dane and Belinda Harpster.

  • It’s Not Too Late …
    … to visit our Fayette County Fair, quick, while the sun is shining. We, the human inhabitants of the Homestead, enjoyed going over to the fairground Sunday evening and following our tradition of eating a Knights of Columbus fish sandwich.
    Steve Barker was at the window to take our order, while cooks were filling the orders and frying up the fish with crispy coating on the outside and tender well-cooked fish on the inside.

  • Announcements
    Thursday, July 20
    • Fayette County Fair 4-H and junior general projects show, 8 a.m. The 4-H items will be removed after the awards presentation at 6 p.m.

  • In the beginning, ideas were brought forth and discussed on the subject of focusing on Vandalia’s history and points of interest that have gone unnoticed in recent years, including the Little Red Caboose

  • There is a new face” in downtown Vandalia this summer – David Zimmerman, a historical interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse.