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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘Swampy’ has a playmate
    We, the old Homesteaders, took the liberty to name the new little calf in neighbor Scott’s pasture “Swampy,” because the recent rains have left the pasture grounds soggy in places, namely near the little guy’s (or girl’s) birth site.
    As the cold winds were also blowing, we were concerned about him, but he is doing fine. There is a big shed for shelter, but longhorn cattle don’t seem to like a roof over their heads.

  • Frogtown

    Week of March 4
    Weekend Trip
    Larry and Sue Urban traveled to Schaumburg to watch grandson Jonathan Cavaletto and his teammates participate in the LSA Tournament of Champions State Basketball Tournament.
    Jonathan is a member of the Trinity Lutheran Royals of Centralia.
    Participants and spectators enjoyed the basketball games and the various Chicago eateries.
    On Saturday evening the group attended worship at St. Peter in Arlington Heights.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 175.
    The organist was Scott Gercken.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 13
    • Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
    • Kids Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
    • Winter Awards Program, 7 p.m., high school Cafeteria.
    Thursday, March 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, March 16

  • Genealogy program Tuesday in Kinmundy

    The Kinmundy Public Library and the Kinmundy Historical Society are working jointly to host a program on genealogy at 6 p.m. next Tuesday.
    The program will be held at the library, located at 111 S. Monroe St. in Kinmundy.
    The presenter for the evening will be Robert Lybarger of Salem. Lybarger has been a member of the Marion County Genealogical and Historical Society for more than 30 years and has served as treasurer for the past eight years.
    He is an avid genealogist who has chronicled his own family through many generations.

  • Birth

    Brylie Mae Schmid
    Chris Schmid and Sarah Lilly of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Brylie Mae weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Andrew and Pamela Lilly of Beecher City, and Mark and Tracy Schmid of Auburn.

  • Volunteer weather recorders sought

    Fayette County Extension
    A volunteer weather program is looking for weather observers to measure precipitation in Vandalia, St. Elmo, Brownstown and other communities throughout Central and Southeastern Illinois, and a training session for the volunteers is set for Monday.
    Participation requires only a few minutes each day and provides a valuable service to the community. Training is provided and no prior experience is necessary.

  • Card Shower

    Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott
    A card shower has been requested for Evelyn A. (Chatham) Talbott, who will celebrate her 88th birthday on Wednesday, March 20.
    She is the mother of Dennis Chatham and his wife Linda, Darlene and her husband Allen Caylor, and Dianne Richards.
    For those wishing to send cards, her address is: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • In Uniform

    Eric Summers
    Army Pfc. Eric C. Summers has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.
    Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

  • Uphold-Crain

    Kendra Rochelle Uphold of Kinmundy and Wade Lee Crain of Farina have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Lester receives teaching award

    Jenny Lester, third-grade teacher at Vandalia Elementary School, was recently honored with a Region 5 Illinois Education Association (IEA) Outstanding Teacher Award.