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Today's Features

  • The Homestead Critters …
    … are all doing well, but are probably, like us human inhabitants, looking forward to spring, which is really not far away.

  • Celebrate birthday
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin, all of St. Peter, visited with Belinda’s mother, Helen Limes, at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday. They took her cards and gifts to help celebrate her upcoming 81st birthday on Feb. 1.
    They also visited with Mary Harpster while there.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 167. Guest speaker was the Rev. Robert Cochrane of St. Louis. The organist was Rita Yagow. Emma Chambers served as acolyte.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, February 2
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Sunday, February 5
    • Scout Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 10:35 a.m. worship service. Following the service, an appreciation lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, February 6
    • American Red Cross community blood drive, 2-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.

  • A club for students at Vandalia Community High School sponsored by the Vandalia Rotary Club is appropriately named. In its fourth year, members of the VCHS Interact Club are interacting with and helping others.

  • Brian Hammond is another new face at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia. He joins the Rev. Curtis Sweeney, who is stepping in to lead the church family as the Rev. Carl Rhodes is retiring. Carl and Pat, his wife, plan to spend some time with their children and grandchildren.

  • Critters’ Winter Coats Not Removable
    Baby Bucky Burro and his barn friend, Lady, the little senior mini-horse, both look cute in their fuzzy winter coats, but the unseasonable warm weather must be a little uncomfortable for them as the temperature climbs into the 50s and 60s. Hopefully, though, nature will keep their winter coats intact, as we still have February and March to get through.
    Bill is keeping their barn floor cleaned out, putting fresh straw down and shutting their barn doors at night to help keep the cold air out.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Sunday, January 22
    • Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 2 p.m., Brownstown First United Methodist Church.
    • Sunday Night Live high school youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church parsonage.
    Monday, January 23
    • Fayette County Board of HCE will not meet until Jan. 30; see the reason following the announcements.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia National Road Interpretive Center.

  • C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. Program Director Debbie Weber announced earlier this month that the name of the Golden Circle Nutrition Program, which is sponsored by C.E.F.S., has been changed to Meals on Wheels of C.E.F.S.
    Weber said that the change was made to make the mission and purpose of the program more recognizable to not only those who would utilize this service, but also to potential volunteers and donors.

  • Winter Slowdown
    The town came to a standstill over the weekend, with church canceled and everyone staying inside in anticipation of the ice storm.
    Fortunately, it never made it to St. Peter.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship canceled due to the predicted ice storm.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Janet Cox
    -Dennis Hinrichs
    • Mourning a loss
    -The family of Ed Morton
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 12
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Leadership Council Meeting, 6 p.m., and Livestock Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., and both at the Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.    
    Monday, January 16
    • No school in observance of Martin Luther King Day.