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Today's Features

  • Weekend Visitors
    Owen Harpster, 2 ½, and Aaron Harpster, 1, spent the weekend with their grandparents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Birthday Party
    JoHanna Bergmann of St. Peter held her second birthday party at St. Peter City Hall on Saturday. Those attending were: Lynn, Stacey, Seth, Konrad and Keiffer Bergmann; Gary and Sue Adams; Bobby, Nicki, Taylor and Hunter Scott; Joe, Luke, Kelly Bergmann and Madison; Nick and Pam Bergmann, Brandon and Kaden Wells; and Dane, Belinda, Owen and Aaron Harpster.
    Baptism

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance is asking area churches to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday. Individuals attending church services are asked to take a can (or more) of soup, which will be donated to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
    • Sunday Night Live, grades 7-12 youth group, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • AMP’d, high school youth group, 6:30-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    Monday, February 2

  • Conflicts on meeting dates was a major topic of discussion at the recent meeting of the Effingham Area Tea Party.
    In the future, meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.
    It was noted that the annual report on tea party officers and directors is due soon.
    As a result of voting, President Todd Slingerland, Secretary David Schaefer and Treasurer Jane Willenborg were re-elected to new terms.
    Directors of record are Patty Russell, Roger Stevens and Wayne Russell.

  • The 2014 Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign in Fayette County raised more than $14,000.
    This was the result of more than 270 hours of volunteers ringing the bells and shoppers donating money at the red kettles placed at Walmart, Rural King and County Market.
    The money raised is used excusively in Fayette County to help families who face a financial crisis due to illness, disability, fire, medical emergency or other unforeseen event.
    This interdenominational ministry will help more than 450 individuals and families throughout the year.

  • Dr. Ryan M. Jones has accepted a teaching position at State University of New York in Geneseo.

    Jones is teaching Latin American history and is part of a cluster interdisciplinary hiring initiative that includes faculty members intent on working together across departments for research projects and teaching.
    Jones is the son of Janice and Jerry Jones of Ramsey, and the grandson of Virda Forbus and Shirley Jones of Vandalia.

  • Aubree Elise Gaylord
    Mikayla Roach and Andrew Jordan Gaylord of Troy are the parents of a girl born at 7:08 a.m. on Oct. 1, 2014, at a St. Louis, Mo., hospital.

  • The Mother of Dolors’ Catholic Daughters meeting on Jan. 5 was called to order by Regent Debby Themig, who opened with the pledge to the flag and one decade of the rosary for Brian and Virginia Garner. Everyone was asked to finish this rosary on their own.
    Correspondence included thank-you cards from Bonnie Murray, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Port Arthur International Seafarers Center, and a letter from George Green with correct address for his mother, Gertrude Green.

  • Are you a Christian? Likely most of you would say, “Of course” – I would not be reading the Minister’s Forum if I wasn’t a Christian.

  • The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Dec. 18 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for a Christmas party, with 32 members and four guests present.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Vera Miller gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, President Dean Black gave the welcome. The tables were decorated with Christmas candles, centerpieces and candy for each member, and also a Hershey bar decorated like a snowman, made by Laura Mulhern.
    Those who helped in decorating, games, and cookie and candy walk were Mike and Laura Mulhern, and Frank and Carolyn Heigert.

  • Mother Madricka & Bucky (Donkeys) Get ‘Spooked’
    Recently, when in a thrift store, I purchased a long, warm coat with a hood, thinking it will be perfect to wear out to the critters’ pens in rainy, cold weather.  However, when I wore it out to give carrot treats to Madricka and Baby Bucky, they came out of their barn, took one look at me and ran.  
    Even when I talked to them and held the carrots out for them, they would not come near me. The long, hooded, dark coat scared them.