St. Elmo News

Thursday, January 8
• SEBA, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
• St. Elmo 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.
Sunday, January 11
• The St. Elmo Christian Church high school youth group, AMP’d, resumes. They meet from 6:30-8 p.m. every Sunday.
Monday, January 12
• The public is invited to an open house to meet and greet the new county Extension director, Carl Baker, from 4-6 p.m. at the U of I Extension Office at 116 N. Sixth St., Vandalia. Light refreshments will be provided.
• The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Extension Office in Vandalia.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, January 13
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, January 14
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, January 15
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First UMC Fellowship Hall.
St. Elmo Christian Church
“Christmas by the Book” was the annual youth Christmas program that was held at the 9:30 a.m. service on Dec. 21.
Ada Logsdon, Callie Ledbetter, Presley Williams and Aspen Truitt were the angels; Brenner Ledbetter, Cameron Polanin and Garrin Polanin were the animals; Macie Gammon was Elizabeth; Sydney Stine was Gabriel the angel; Wyatt Stine was Joseph; Anna Stine was Mary; Laney Baldridge was narrator 1; Jonah Poe was narrator 2; Logan Gammon, Lane Stine, Chase Truitt and Jack Nall were the shepherds; and Hunter Poe, Dalton Myers and Wade Stine were the wise men.
On New Year’s Eve, the St. Elmo Reverb and AMP’d went to Liberty Christian Church in Sefton for a lock-in.
They had a great time and rang in the New Year by playing lots of games, eating snacks, playing with Wii and watching movies.
The St. Elmo Christian Church mission for January is “Wheels to the World.” SECC is a designated drop-off place for used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and any parts of these items. In February, the items will be taken to Tennessee, where they will be refurbished and then sent to needy individuals all over the world. To schedule a drop-off, you can call 829-5050.
Article in Country
Woman Magazine
Country Woman magazine started publishing in 1970 and the February/March issue is celebrating 45 years of country spirit. Listed in the Valiant Volunteer section is a Greenville woman, Sherry Schaffer. The publisher/rescuer article follows:
Raised in a family of Oliver implement dealers, Sherry admits, “I grew up with tractors on the brain.” Nowadays, she is head of her own publishing company devoted to antique tractors.
Quick to volunteer, Sherry is vice president of the Farm Rescue Foundation, a non-profit that assists farm families recovering from illness or injury by getting their crops into or out of the fields.
“We roll in our own equipment so they can concentrate on healing,” she said.
Recently, Sherry acquired her private pilot certificate, allowing her to fly to tractor shows and remote areas where Farm Rescue volunteers are needed.
The article says that if one wants to volunteer with Farm Rescue or apply for assistance, check out
Rhodes-Side Gleanings on 1964 New Year Day
When radio station WPMB at Vandalia was started Sunday afternoon on Dec. 8, 1963, I started giving St. Elmo news over the station on Monday, Dec. 9, and I gave the news six days a week, including Christmas and New Year’s Day. I have saved all the copies of the radio news I gave December1963 through January 1972. Following is the news given on Wednesday, January 1, 1964.
Happy New Year’s Day to all our listeners.
The holiday vacation for the students of Fayette County is almost over as the schools will resume classes tomorrow. Most college students will have a few more days before they, too, have to return to classes.
Many out-of-towners have been visiting in the St. Elmo area over the holidays—some of them have already returned home, some will be returning home today, and others will be in our area until the weekend.
Last evening, various groups got together for the traditional New Year’s Eve parties to welcome in the New Year. Mr. and Mrs. Le Mar Marchman, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cox, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Rhodes were hosts to several friends in the Cox home last evening. Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, bridge and pinochle kept the group entertained until a buffet supper was served at midnight. Bright balloons, used as part of decorations, and in which had been inserted a New Year’s resolution for each guest, were passed out.
Each took a turn breaking a balloon and reading the resolution, or as Keith Cox said when he was helping his mother with the task of putting the resolutions in the balloons – the insults. Out-of-town guests at the party were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kersey of Herrick, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gillespie of Champaign.
A baby boy, Johnny Michael, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Harris of St. Elmo on Dec. 30 in the St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. The mother is the former Beverly Radel of Altamont.
A baby boy weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces was born at 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 31 in the Fayette County Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Beck of St. Elmo. He has been named Steven Curtis. The mother is the former Barbara Masters.
Jan Griffin, 5-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Griffin, is confined to her home with a virus.
Mrs. Rosa Schuetz returned home by ambulance yesterday afternoon, but will be confined to bed for a while. She wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, flowers and other thoughtful acts during her stay in the hospital.
Among area residents in the hospital at this time is Mr. Merrill Blankenship, who was taken to the Fayette County Hospital last Thursday with an injury.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Darby of Moore, Oklahoma returned home Monday after spending Christmas with their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. George Bieber and Pricilla.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunkin and family of Olney spent last weekend visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Dunkin. The Dunkins are looking for their other son, Jerry and his wife, home this weekend.
A family get-together is being held in the home of the Randell Hasletts today. Those attending are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Haslett of Findley, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Buzzard and Judy and Mrs. Louella Graves and children.
Guests in the home of Mrs. P. C. Phillips today are her sister, Mrs. Hazel Myers of Flora, and her grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam M. Gillespie and sons of Champaign.
St. Elmo Flower and Garden Club members are reminded to get their reservations for their Jan. 8 luncheon into Mrs. Grace Dunkin as soon as possible, and no later than Monday, Jan. 8.
Area residents are reminded that the Goodwill truck will be in St. Elmo on Jan. 23.

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