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Today's Features

  • McKenna Lynn Wallace
    Ben and Charli Wallace of Shelton, Wash., was the parents of a girl born at 5:19 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2016, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash.

  • SOS*
     **Signs Of Spring reported-*Last week, Lucille Fisher said  that her jonquils were blooming; *DeeDee Diveley reported that she has seen a lot of wild turkeys lately, as she drives through the Kaskaskia River Bottom). (Don’t know if this is a sign of Spring, but it is a good sign of a healthy turkey population in the area.)
      *On the Homestead-The pasture is getting greener and thicker; the resident Robin has been seen and herd on Cora’s Corner, but the Longhorn Cow-Girls are still enjoying Josh Behrend’s good home-made hay.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 179.
    The organist was Rita Yagow.
    Gaige Phillips was the acolyte. Attending elders were Curtis Jenne and Jay Rothe.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Stacey Bergmann
    -Velva Fisher
    -Melvin Graumenz
    -John Stedlin
    -Doris Wollin
    • Those with long term health concerns:
    -Merle Crain
    -Randy Dorr
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Stefan Goolsby
    -Dennis Lee

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 17
    • Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
    Saturday, March 19
    • Students can take their artwork to the Fayette County Museum from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for the annual Fayette County School Art Show.
    • Blue and Gold Banquet, 5-8 p.m., St. Elmo Elementary School. The menu includes barbecue, chips and dessert. Cakes are to be auctioned off.
    Sunday, March 20
    • Palm Sunday

  •  It is my hope that each of you are having a good Lent. Why good? Shouldn’t I be wishing that you are having a solemn, serious or remorseful Lent?

  • By Charlene M Jett
    At the First United Methodist Church, Evergreen Outreach scored a big success! With Beulah Brown as our leader, David and Patricia Pence (SoftFire) as our entertainment and the Rev. Joe Lawson to providing us scripture and prayer, we celebrated spring in Ireland with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. It was the best party in town!

  • Lenten Luncheon schedule

    The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance schedule for Lenten Luncheon is as follows:
    • Wednesday, March 16 – First United Methodist Church.
    • Wednesday, March 23 – Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.
    The lunches are held from noon-1 p.m.

    St. Paul dinner is Sunday

    The Men's Club at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier will hold its annual dinner this Sunday, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • An Enjoyable Visit
    to Wren Bridge
    As the forecast for the rest of the week is rain and more rain, and as I was wanting to get a sample of genuine Kaskaskia River water, and as Monday was such a nice sunny day, this seemed to be the day to do this (before the rains which would leave the river bottom trails in riverbottom mud).
    Thus, I asked Bill if he would like to go on an adventure. He agreed, and we set out to visit Wren Bridge, a great trip anytime (except when it has rained a foot).

  • Makes First Solo Flight
    Angel Cochran, a former resident of the Shobonier area, made her first solo flight last Wednesday. The flight was made from the airport at Carbondale to Leckrone Field in Salem.
    Angel is in her first year of studies at SIU-Carbondale, and is enrolled in the aviation program.
    Her future plans are to become a commercial airline pilot.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 12
    • Set your clocks ahead one hour before bedtime.
    Sunday, March 13
    • Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m.