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Today's Features

  • Faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees, supporters and friends gathered at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon to hear Winifred “Bud” Morrison speak of the wondrous love of God that He has for His children.

    The tables were decorated uniquely and colorfully with dainty spring bouquets, some were refreshingly simple with a freshly harvested carrot, adorned with tiny sprigs of greenery and flowers. 

  • The third Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Lenten Luncheon was hosted by Northside Christian Church last Wednesday, and the faithful Lenten Luncheon followers gathered in the fellowship room to sit at the tables decorated with colorful spring nosegays and bearing Northside’s luncheon trademarks, plates of homemade cookies already placed at intervals within each of all.

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon of the year was held at First Christian Church in Vandalia, which opened the doors to a faithful gathering that filled the fellowship room to enjoy fellowship, a good lunch prepared by the ladies of the church and an inspiring program.

  • When Todd McKellar heard mention of Bill Runyon, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Train – and, more importantly,  the one who had the power to stop the train in Vandalia for the Santa Claus visit every year – he was quick to respond with some memories.

  • Two cousins were in a wedding. Nine-year-old Josh was the brother of the bride and groomsman. Cousin Devin was 4 and the ring bearer.

  • Many know of the many talents of Carol Evaul, and also of her love of Mulberry Grove. An expression of that fondness for the town can now actually be seen … on the wall of Andrew Miller’s community market.

  • Katie, the Doggie, Plays a Trick …
    …on Bill. During the really cold weather, Bill brings Katie, the lab/blue heeler mix into the house at night. He puts her leash on her to bring her to the house, because we are afraid that she will run toward the highway. We lived at the south end of the lane in the woods when she came to us as a little puppy, and we have been careful with her here, because she isn’t used to the highway.
    When he went out to get her one evening last week, it was already dark.

  • Travel to Farmington, Mo.
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend at the home of Ben and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo. On Saturday, they traveled to Farmington, MO to watch granddaughter, Madison participate in her Club Volleyball Tournament. After a long, eight-hour day, her team played in the championship game and placed second. Among those there cheering her on were Ron and Diane Eller, Anna Lou Eller and her cousin Judy from Chicago, Cleve and Rhonda Hunter, Carolyn Stein, Natalie Stein, Austin and Heidi Crow, and Dru Eller.
    Death

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 10 a.m. tour at Effingham County Museum; meet at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s parking lot to pool rides.
    Saturday, March 4
    • St. Elmo Lions Club pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Sunday, March 5

  • Although the Past Few Days …
    … have been warmer, on Tuesday morning, Little Bucky Burro was staying in his barn because, like his predecessor, the late, adorable little Smoky, the donkey, Bucky doesn’t like to get his pretty ears wet in the needed rain that was falling gently and soaking in the ground nicely.  Although Bucky obviously doesn’t appreciate the showers, we human inhabitants do.