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Today's News

  • Reunions (Sept. 1)

    Austin
    The 17th annual Austin family reunion will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Austin home place with a carry-in dinner at 1 p.m.

    Drinks and tableware will be furnished. All family and friends are invited to attend.

    Dothager
    The annual Dothager family reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Pleasant Mound Community Center with 49 in attendance.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants (Sept. 1)

    On August 25 the ExxonMobil Annuitants met for their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia with 28 members and four guests.

    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer.

    President Dean Black opened the meeting with a welcome to all present. Secretary/treasurer reports was read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read. Humorous readings were read by LaVerne Laux and Madelon Fisher.

  • Frogtown News (Sept. 1)

    Family Outing
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Salem, Mo., over the weekend to meet their children for a family canoe trip on Current River.
    Those accompanying them were: Mitch, Gretchen and Mahala Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo., and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo. and her friend, Rebecca Wood of Troy.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 131.
    Acolyte was Dakota Bockstruck.
    Organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Elders were Allen Magnus and Sherman Hunt.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News (Sept. 1)

    “Foghorn Leghorn,”
    The Rooster …
    …the most recent “critter bird” of the Homestead, is seen on the lane from morning until evening. Although he actually belongs to the chicken roost next door, he seems to prefer the lane, and can be seen happily scratching and picking about any time of the day.
    Bill dubbed him, “Foghorn Leghorn,” after a cartoon chicken in his youth. We will probably call him “Foggy” for short.

  • St. Elmo News (Sept. 1)

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 31
    • This Wednesday is the final day to pay the early $2 fee to register to participate in the Labor Day parade. Registration is at the St. Elmo City Hall. The fee for those registering on the parade day is $5.
    • The St. Elmo Swimming Pool will open from 6-8 p.m.
    Thursday, Sept. 1
    • The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., scheduled in the home of Sandra Lovett.

  • Evergreen Outreach (Sept. 1)

    By Pat Rhodes

    What a beautiful day for an outing to Evergreen Outreach on Monday!

    As I entered Wesley Hall,  I heard laughter and chatter coming from the room. Our guests from FAYCO, Sweetbriar, Vandalia Rehab and Fayette County Long Term Care seemed happy to be back this week after missing last Monday for a lack of air-conditioning in the hall.

    Bettye Stolte was at the piano,  playing a variety of lively tunes to get the party started.

  • Church Briefs (Sept. 1)

    Jump For Joel Marathon is Sept. 24

    Plans are under way for this year's running of the third annual Jump For Joel Marathon in St. Elmo at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

    The race, which allows participants to run, bike or walk (or a combination of the three) the 26.2 miles, is used to support the organization's effort to purchase food for more than 100 children at Gathiga Children's Hope Home in Gathiga, Kenya.

    The event is organized by Lindsay Lash and Shana Stine. Registration fee is $26.20

  • Minister's Forum-Sept. 1, 2011

    I was walking through the mall recently while waiting for my wife to wind up her shopping trip, when suddenly one of those doorway specials caught my eye.

    It was a book. A small book, but the price had been drastically reduced. The subtitle, “100 recipes for jams, jellies, pickles and preserves,” caused me to shell out five bucks of last month's skimpy Social Security check, and I took the book home with me.  

  • Upcoming classes at KC Vandalia

    Beginning quilting class

    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education will offer a beginning quilting class at the Vandalia Campus.

    This class will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 31 and ending Sept. 14. The registration number is COED 5440 VA01D.

    This class will examine all of the necessary tools for hand- and machine-piecing of quilt blocks. Each week, the tools and their use will be demonstrated, as well as students putting the cut fabric pieces into a block.

  • School menus (Sept. 1)

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, Sept. 5 – No School.
    Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Cereal, toast, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Cheese omelet, toast, juice and milk.
    Thursday, Sept. 8 – Cinnamon bun, cereal, fruit and milk.
    Friday, Sept. 9 – Sausage gravy, biscuit, juice and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, Sept. 5 – No School.
    Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Boneless chicken wings, potato smiles, chef salad, orange wedges, bread and milk. (J.H.) mini corn dogs