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Today's Features

  • Leila Dippold
    The family of Leila Dippold will host an open house on Saturday, Jan. 17, in honor of her 80th birthday.

    The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the gym at Salem Lutheran Church, 1401 Hawthorn Road, Salem.
    The family requests no gifts, but cards are welcome.

  • David Robert Oldfield
    Christopher and Candi Oldfield of Louisville, Ky., are the parents of a boy born at 2:22 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2014, at Norton Suburban Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

  • Kristina Marie Stunkel and Trevor Scott Summers, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and formerly of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Rachel Bell and Colby Parks, both of Madison, Wis., were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on June 7, 2014, at First Lutheran Church in Middleton, Wis., with the Rev. Zach Nielsen of the Vine Church in Madison, Wis., officiating.

  • Vandalia Christian Academy students presented their Christmas program on Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Vandalia.

  • The new year is here, and with it is often comes a resolution to get into shape.
    I have been to a store that sells used exercise equipment. It is called Second Wind Exercise Equipment. I have observed that following Christmas, many stores have sales on exercise equipment.
    They offer discounts and incentives for purchasing the most modern and up-to-date equipment.
    A few months later, folks begin selling their latest and greatest exercise equipment simply because they don’t use it.

  • Critters Wanting & Needing Sunshine
    We have had several inquiries about the critters’ welfare during the wet and chilly weather. The late, lovely RoseyLee Duck (who Bill always referred to as Miss America) did not mind our wet and muddy yard, but Lady, the mini-horse and Mother Madricka and Baby Bucky (donkeys) are pretty much staying in their dry, straw-strewn barn.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., spent Thursday through Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Belinda and Mahala visited Belinda’s uncle, Jerry Limes, in St. Anthony’s Hospital on Sunday afternoon.
    Marriage
    David Henderson and Corrine Oswald, both of Louisville, were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Dec. 31.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 8
    • SEBA, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
    • St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Sunday, January 11

  • Christmas is over, and as 2014 draws to close we look forward to a New Year. It’s that time of year when many people make New Year’s resolutions.