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Today's Features

  • ‘Singing in the Rain’
    In answer to the frog inquiries, we figured that Tarzan, the little tree frog, would have left our porch by now, but we have noticed that every time it rains, he vocalizes with his little frog sound, as if welcoming the “rain drops falling on his head.” We also like to hear him at night, as he joins in the night sounds on the homestead.
    Bill heard another little frog nearby, seeming to answer Tarzan, so we have named her “Jane.”

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 18
    • St. Elmo Educational Foundation annual meeting, 7 p.m., St. Elmo CUSD District No. 202 office. Directors and officers will be elected. There will be a discussion on fundraising activities and accomplishments. See more information after the Aug. 25 announcement.
    Saturday, August 20

  • For those of us who are Christians, or at least lean that way, it is not very difficult to know what God is saying to us.

  • First Church of God
    hosting senior meal

    First Church of God, located at 3001 Thrill Hill Road northwest of Vandalia, will hold its monthly senior luncheon this Friday.
    All local seniors are invited to the luncheon, with this month's menu including sloppy Joe's, fruit salad, chips and cookies.
    The event begins at noon with the meal and a short Bible lesson.
    This month's entertainment will be John and Judy Roberts, and Cheryl Harre.
    There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted.

  • Ariella Hazel-Ruth Sachan
    Nathan and Tanya Sachan of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 9:32 p.m. on May 28, 2016.

    Ariella Hazel-Ruth weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She has four siblings: Issac, Alexander, Kurstiana and Nevaeh.
    Maternal grandparents are David Murray and Vickie Staley, and paternal grandparents are Charles Sachan, and Jan and Tom Goolsby.

     

  • Cogburn, the Homestead Head Banty Rooster …
    … is the only  rooster on the place and is crowing even as this is being written. He is on the job early in the mornings and is getting prettier every day.
    The ladies (Rhonda and Blackie hens) seem quite happy with Cogburn and have accepted him on the chicken roost.
    He is not only a handsome little guy, he makes sure they both come to the pan to eat by making his little noises to them. We suspect he may have a tendency to be a bit controlling, but the ladies don’t seem to mind.

  • Spends Night with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin spent the night with her grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, on Friday.  
    On Sunday, Dane, Belinda, Mahala and Harper went to see Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont and ate lunch in Altamont.
    On Saturday, Seth and Konrad Bergmann spent the afternoon with Belinda Harpster. Later, they went for McDonald’s and ice cream.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 154.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 11
    • 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.
    Monday, August 15
    • Historical Vandalia Inc, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office.    
    Thursday, August 18

  • Katie Ledbetter and Wade Nevergall, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a private ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on July 20, 2016, in Destin, Fla., with the Rev. Samuel Blowes officiating.