St. Elmo News

Wednesday, August 13
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Educational special August activity, 11 a.m., Brownstown Hitchin’ Post.
Thursday, August 14
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, August 15
• First day of school; 2 p.m. early dismissal. School will be dismissed a 2 p.m. Aug.18-22.
Saturday, August 16
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
• Fayette County Food Bank second distribution in St. Elmo for this year will start at 10 a.m. at Pinnacle Foods. Those wanting the food should take bags and boxes.
Sunday, August 17
• All families and friends are invited to attend the Owen-Miller Reunion in the Phillips Building.
Monday, August 18
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office
Tuesday, August 19
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m. tour of the Effingham Hodgson Mill. They will meet at 9:20 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides.
• The St. Elmo Educational Foundation Annual Meeting, 7 p.m., CUSD #202 District Office. Annual dues are $20 for individual member, $20 for family member, $20 for a business member.
• The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Thursday, August 21
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Emma Smith Reunion
R. W. and Mary Smith of St. Elmo were among the 42 who attended the Emma Smith Reunion held at the Windemere Baptist Conference Area at Camdenton, Mo., near the Lake of the Ozarks. Emma Smith was from the Buffalo, Mo., area. R. W. and Mary left Aug.1 and returned home on Aug. 4.
The youngest brother of R.W., John Paul Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., has a daughter Karla who is a missionary in Mozambique West Africa with her husband, Steve Jackson, and they have been on furlough in the U.S.
The Jacksons have four children: Christine, twins Bethany and Abigail, and Jared. Until a certain age, the children can attend school in Africa.
With the exception of Kristine, the family will return to Africa on Aug. 23; Kristine will have to remain in the states to attend school.
The Sunday worship service was held at the reunion with two ministers in charge of the service – Steve Jackson and Milton Bost of Chatham, R. W. and Mary Smith’s son-in-law.
Emma Smith had nine children. In addition to R. W. and John Paul, the only other one still living is Beatrice Cooper of Philadelphia, Pa., who was unable to attend.
At Tunis, Mo., there is a Smith family plot at the Hopewell Baptist Church. R.W. and Mary visited the grave of Geryl Smith Wurl, another sister of R. W. Geryl had been an employee at Davis Chevrolet.
Budlove Info
Erma and Jim Budlove visited Liz, Tom, Flora, Lillianne and Thomas Berfield in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 1. It was the first time they had seen great-grandson Thomas.
They continued on to visit their son Jerry Budlove and family in Elizabethtown, Ky. On Aug. 2 ,they all drove to Bowling Green and visited Dennis Budlove. On Sunday, they attended the wedding of Daniel Budlove and Sarah Simpson in the floral garden of The Brown Pusey House.
Dale and Janice Young of Auburn, Calif,m visited a few days with the Budloves in their St. Elmo home. Lunch guests on Aug. 7 were Sarah Beth, Jake and Abby Christy.
The Christys were on their way from their previous home in Knob Nester, Mo., to their new assignment with the Air Force in the Washington, D.C., area.
When she was a little girl, Sarah had lived next door to the Budloves San Diego, Calif., home.
Friendly Neighbors
Eleven were present for the Friendly Neighbors Potluck held at noon on Aug. 5 in the Phillips Building.
Mary Smith led in the pledge of allegiance, and R. W. Smith gave the meal blessing. Others present were Shirley Smith of Altamont; Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown; Cora Miley of Beecher City; and Malinda Miley, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed and Marjorie Sarver, all of St. Elmo.
Friendly Neighbors will provide fried chicken for the Tuesday, Sept. 2, noon potluck at the Phillips Building and others attending are to take side dishes.
Those attending also are asked to take a school supply item(s) that will be given to the grade school.
Also, Friendly Neighbors would like to have some entertainment – guitar, singing, etc. – at the monthly meetings. The entertainment will not be paid, but will get the meal without having to take any food.
Wheatland HCE
For the special August activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education scheduled a visit to the Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola on Aug. 7.
Those going were Fern Moore, Karen Hyde and Sandra Lovett and guests, Noel Hyde and Wayne Lovett. After lunch, they went into the kitchen to see candy being made.
Next they drove through the country to Arthur and visited Yoder’s Restaurant and Gift Shop, then drove on to Arcola to visit the downtown Amish stores. They had pie at Dutch Kitchen.
Sandra Lovett will be hostess in her home for the Sept. 4 meeting.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center
The 2014 Baby Bottle Campaign of the Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Center is winding down. So far, $12,606.44 has been received.
The newsletter says “As always, we are overwhelmed by the way that churches and individuals come together for this campaign. It is amazing that just a few coins from one place and a few dollar bills from another can all come together to make such a great impact. Thank you for your faithfulness to this ministry!”
A fun new way to get involved with the Lighthouse ministry is a Walk-4-Life planned for Oct. 4. The event will consist of a 1.5-mile nature walk at Happy Hollow Family Farms, south of St. Elmo. Registrations now are being taken. Call or email the center to receive a registration packet – 283-8750 or [email protected]
Organ Dedication at Fayette County Museum
The Fayette County Museum received and has installed an organ donated by the St. Francisville Catholic Church. The church was scheduled to be torn down this summer, and to save the old organ, it was donated to the museum in Vandalia.
The dedication of the organ was held on Sunday afternoon in the museum upstairs, the former sanctuary of the 1867 Presbyterian Church. The about-60 in attendance included three carloads from St. Francisville.
Historical Vandalia Inc. board member Mary Truitt was the emcee.
Charlie Trimble of St. Francisville Catholic Church donated the organ and his wife, Caroline, told the history of the church,
Steve Durbin, president of Historical Vandalia Inc., received the donation. Other speakers were Jacob Haase of Tunnel Hill, who helped install the organ, and Rick Renko of Alhambra, who helped install the pipes.
The Rev. Kurt Simon, minister of the Vandalia Presbyterian Church, offered the dedication prayer.
Historical Vandalia Inc. members served cookies and lemonade in the museum’s downstairs following the dedication.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
What do you think of this scam? On Aug. 9, I received an email from the Western Union Office Benin Republic.
It was addressed to Dear Beneficiary:
In reference to the general consensus meeting held with the Benin Foundation De France (B.F.D.F.), UNHCR Organization and the Ministry of Finance which the theme was to settle all astanding (this was the way it was spelled) Compensation/Grant Debts owed by UNHCR Organization and the Government and as well conduct and issue compensation/grant to the new beneficiaries.
Your grant information is, reference No. STH/UNOWBO/MM-2014, File No: GT/55/1209SW. The selection process was carried out through our computerized email system from a database of over 200,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
Therefore you are a beneficiary of compensation/Grant funds of $1,500,000.00 ($1/5M). The funds was arranged by the said Organisations (way it was spelled)  to be transferred via Western Union Money Transfer. In accordance to the engagement agreement with the various Ministries, The Western Union here in Benin Republic has limited transfer rate because of International communities and Anti-Terrorist/Drug Law so, we are only permitted to transfer $5000.00 on daily until your total funds completely paid.
Please send to us your full names and addresses with city and country as states below to receive your compensation funds as we are only permitted to transfer $5,000 daily.
Scan copy of your international passport or driver licence (way it was spelled).
We await your prompt response.  Mr. Emmanuel Collins +229-98399260
This was from WU MBB <[email protected]


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