Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, May 31, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon.
    The pledge of allegiance was followed with Brock Fisher giving the prayer before the meal. After the meal, President Dean Black welcomed everyone, including guests.
    Elloise Black introduced to the group the guest speaker, Lynn Gartke, program director for the Center for Senior Renewal. Gartke gave an outline of all the services that they have to offer at the center.

  • Anniversary

    Carroll Wayne and Ruth Ann Beck of Herrick will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday, June 17.
    A celebration with family, including dinner, will be held in Effingham at Lone Star Steakhouse.

    Carroll Wayne Beck and Ruth Ann Barnes were united in marriage on Sunday June 17, 1962, in the Herrick Christian Church. Dennis Corley officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The maid of honor was Joyce (Brown) Nance, and Bob Barnes served as best man. The other attendants were Linda Kay (Austin) Bumgardner and Roger Henderson.

  • Church Briefs

    Brownstown First Baptist holding VBS this week

    First Baptist Church of Brownstown is hosting Vacation Bible School this week. It started on Monday and will conclude  on Friday. The program runs from 6-8:30 p.m. daily.
    "Come Fly With Us" is the theme.

    VBS this week at Brownstown First Christian Church

    Brownstown First Christian Church is holding Vacation Bible School for children ages 2 through sixth grade this week.

  • Area women attend district LWML event

    Women from several Fayette County churches recently attended the 67th annual meeting of the Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League in Rock Island.
    The theme for the convention was "Come to the Water," based on John 4:4.
    About 250 delegates, members and guests participated in the event, which was hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Island.

  • Harder speaks at UMW breakfast

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Ten members of the Brownstown United Methodist Women and five guests were present for the UMW Spring Breakfast on Thursday, May 17.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    This time of year brings many special occasions – including graduations, weddings, reunions, ball games and other early summer activities.
    This month, summer begins on June 20. Also, next week Flag Day will, as always, be observed on June 14, and there is to be a pause for the pledge at 6 p.m.
    Music by Iris Price greeted guests as they arrived at Evergreen Outreach. Leader Beulah Brown opened the program by announcing the birthdays of Sharon LaDage, Mary Crawford, Debra Williams and Ruth Ann Scott.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In Answer to Inquiries…
    …Betsy, the Longhorn, and her “pen pals”  (the Bartels’ girl, Geneva; “Red,” the rebel, and the two youngsters, Minny and Mosia ) are doing fine, contentedly grazing, chewing their cud, napping and switching each other’s backs with their tails for fly control.
    Their pasture is on the east side of the lane. The cows on the west side of the lane belong to our neighbor.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo., and Nathan Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 169.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Guest speaker was the Rev. Donald Antor.
    Acolyte was Kacie Crain.
    Elders were Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Tina Benning and unborn twins
    • Curtis Jenne

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
    Saturday, June 9
    • The Altamont Lions Club is hosting a fishing rodeo from 8 a.m.-noon for children through the age of 14 at the Glen Mathis Lake, which is two miles east of Altamont on U.S Route 40. See other info following the announcements.

  • Farm Briefs

    Jamie Kruenegel receives award
    Jamie Kruenegel of Vandalia Community High School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto.
    Kruenegel, the daughter of David and Stacy Kruenegel, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work.
    Her accomplishments include being the 2009 state runner-up in the GROWMARK essay contest, the 2009/2010 Star Chapter Greenhand, 2012 Star Chapter Agribusiness.