Today's Features

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday to Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Belinda, Gretchen, the boys, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin went to Greenup to Grissom Lost Creek Orchard. They enjoyed the petting zoo, had lunch at Dairy Queen and returned home.
    Upon returning home, Owen and Aaron went to the field to ride in the combine with Papa Dane, and ride in the grain truck with their dad.
    That evening, the Harpsters and Jacquins enjoyed dinner at Schaefer’s.

    Thursday, October 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., Beecher City Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Monday, October 17
    • Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
    Wednesday, October 19

  • Homestead Critter Talk …
    … is varied on the Homestead, from early morning until night.
     “Rooster Cogburn,” the little banty rooster, wakes everyone up around 5 or so in the morning with his wake-up crowing. The “girls,” Rhonda and Blackie (hens), talk to each other, clucking and cackling, and it almost sounds like singing sometimes.

  • Talking About The Weather & the Critters …
    …or  he reaction of the critters – usually when inclement weather is coming, or taking place, the Longhorn Cowgirls, do not pay much attention to it. It seems their breed prefers the wide-open spaces, rather than the protection of a building.
    Several years ago, we rented the late neighbor Gwen Sapp’s pasture, just so our longhorns would have the shelter of the big shed on it – not so.

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday to Sunday with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo. Ben competed in the MGA Golf Tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, winning first place. Amanda, Belinda, and Madison shopped on Saturday, while Dane and Dru hung out. On Sunday, they attended Dru’s doubleheader baseball game, where he pitched, was the catcher for an inning and played shortstop.
    Baby Shower

    Thursday, September 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Sunday, October 2
    • Central Illinois Wedding Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James.
    Tuesday, October 4
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Elementary school supplies will be collected again.
    • Meals for a Healthy Heart, 5:30 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office. See info at end of Announcements.

  • Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller and Mitch Harpster, all of Jackson, Mo. On Saturday, the family put a new roof on grandma Mary’s house. On Sunday, Dane and Belinda and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin attended Family Day at Lutheran Care Center.
    Story with a Happy Ending
    Around the first of September, there was an accident on Interstate 57 in which a dog was in the back of a pick up truck in a crate. The truck rolled several times and the dog was ejected.

  • Back in Touch with a Special Friend
    “Once upon a time,” way back in high school days, and even before, when we went to Edwards School, which was located several miles south of Bluff City, a schoolmate, Reeta Thompson, and I became very close friends – best friends, to be exact.

    Wednesday, September 21
    • Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Bible study, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education budget hearing at 7:15 p.m., regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., in the unit office.
    Thursday, September 22
    • St. Elmo Christian Church Road Rally fundraiser; see more info in the St. Elmo News.
    Saturday, September 24

  • Cogburn Rooster Doing Well
    In answer to inquiries, Cogburn seems to be gaining a fan club, as several readers have asked about him. He continues to try to wake us up every morning and, strangely, he crows to greet us when we drive into the driveway, no matter the time of day.
    We have been spotting a lone chicken hawk hanging about the Homestead. It was sitting atop the pole light one day, but flew away when we drove up.