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Today's Features

  • Carol Koester
    A card shower has been requested for Carol Koester, a resident and homemaker of the Brownstown area who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Thursday, April 28.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • From the Chicken Roost
    Again this week, this space, usually occupied by the Homestead’s four-legged critters, is taken over by the birds of a feather, Blackie & Rhonda Hens and their new friend, “Cogburn” Rooster (also affectionately known as “Coggy” to his Homestead friends).
    Finally getting the weather conditions, time, and human motivation and energy aligned, the Homestead Chicken Roost Yard-enlargement finally got under way this past weekend.

  • The Fayette County Home & Community Education held its annual Get-Acquainted Day on Thursday, April 7, at First United Methodist Church in St. Elmo.

  • Stays with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin (and her Dalmatian brother, Norman) spent the weekend with grandparents Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. They attended church on Saturday evening, went to see great-grandma Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center on Sunday, enjoyed playing outside and even found mushrooms in their yard!
    Save the Date
    “Barnyard Round-Up – Jesus Gathers Us Together” is the theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School, which will be held from July 25-29 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Friday, April 22
    • University of Illinois Extension provides “Welcome to the Real World!” program to Vandalia Community High School sophomores.
    Sunday, April 24
    • Sunday Night Live youth, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • Detour youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Amp’d high school youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, April 23.

    Family and friends are invited to join her for lunch at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia at 11 a.m. on her birthday to celebrate the occasion.

  • Maliyah Grayce Carroll
    Rick “JR” and Cinde Carroll are the parents of a girl born at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Howard and Carol Koester will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    For those who wish to send them a card, their address is: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • First Pentecostal holding revival

    First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will hold revival services with the Rev. Wesley Jackson of Diggins, Mo. April 13-15, with services beginning at 7 o'clock each evening.
    The church is located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. For more information, call 367-1697.