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Today's News

  • Take precautions with severe heat

    This week has been another scorcher, with searing sunlight and temperatures in the triple digits. It’s the kind of weather that can get you in trouble before you know it.
    Even the nights haven’t offered much relief, often barely falling below 80 degrees.
    This uncomfortable weather pattern has lingered over the Midwest for the past several weeks. Yet, just because that kind of heat and humidity has become the norm, it hasn’t lost any of its dangerous potential.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.

  • Frogtown

    Hospitalized
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Wednesday of last week. She still remains a patient there.
    Visitors
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster this week have been: Bev Wodtka, Pastor Emrick, Larry and Sue Urban, and Helen Limes, all of St. Peter; Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.; and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Birth

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 25
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Communication will leave at 10 a.m. to go to the Highland House of Plenty for lunch.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1:30 p.m. School supplies will be accepted at the meeting.
    Thursday, July 26
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
    Sunday, July 29
    • A Fifth Sunday breakfast potluck will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • Rubin reunion

    Rubin
    The 33rd biennial Rubin reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall in St. Paul.
    A potluck dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m., with beverages, paper plates, and tableware furnished.
    Family members are asked to take lists of births, deaths and marriages since the 2010 reunion to update the family tree.
     

  • Maas plans U.S. Daughters ceremony

    Extreme heat would not have deterred Joseph Thomas from his duties in the militia during the War of 1812.  Neither did it deter descendants and members of the United States Daughters of 1812 and Illinois Society of the War of 1812 from commemorating his service.
    Jessie Maas, a member of the Kaskaskia Chapter USD1812, from Vandalia, planned the ceremony held at the Little Flock Cemetery in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County.

  • Anniversary

    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Sunday.


    Merle Adermann and Georgi Stombaugh were married on July 29, 1972, in Vandalia.
    Georgi is a registered nurse at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, and Merle works as maintenance director at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.
    They are the parents of three children: Dana Brown (deceased), Katie Adermann of Taylorville and Matthew Adermann of Taylorville. They have three grandchildren: Darin and Mattie Brown, and Lola Dana-Jean Hackney.

  • Tools for School distributions set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those picking up supplies are to enter the church, located at 1221  W. Fillmore St., through the north door.

  • Man charged with stabbing appears in court

    A Shobonier man who was arrested last month for allegedly injuring two men with a knife at a Vandalia bar is facing 10 counts of criminal offenses.
    Carl H.M. Sprague, 24, made his first appearance in court after being charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of armed violence, four counts of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 26

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Presenting donors will receive a rock and roll T-shirt, while supplies last.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 27