St. Elmo News

Wednesday, September 14
• Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m.
• Bible Study, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, September 17
• Fourth annual St. James Fest; see info following the announcements.
•  Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., potluck in the Brownstown Park if weather permits or at the Brownstown First United Methodist Church.
Monday, September 19
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• Fayette County MOPS (Mothers’ of Preschoolers), 6-8:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The St. Elmo Board of Education changed the September meeting to Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Wednesday, September 21
• Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Bible study, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, budget hearing at 7:15 p.m., regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., in the unit office.
St. James Fourth Annual Fest Sept. 17
Five miles south of St. Elmo on the St. James road, the Logue residence will for the fourth year host the annual St. James Fest. This year’s proceeds will be donated to the St. Elmo High School Music Department.
Serving of pork BBQ meal will be at noon. Signup starts at noon for the double-elimination horseshoe tournament that starts at 1 p.m.
There will be raffles, can koozies, T-shirts and a live auction at 5 p.m.
Throughout the day and evening, there will be musical entertainment
For more information or to donate to the auction or raffles, contact Kim Logue at 339-0611, Tiffani Holman at 699-9145, Julie Moore at 217-343-4195, Devyn Logue 217-690-1987, Cindy Harnish at 292-4559 or Crystal Porter at 704-5286.
Adult beverages are allowed, but no underage drinking. Not responsible for accidents.
St. Elmo Christian Church Road Rally Fundraiser
All profit from the Saturday, Sept. 24, Road Rally goes to the St. Elmo Christian Church youth program, a program for kids age 3 through high school. It helps pay for education, service projects and fun throughout the year. The youth program is self-funded through fundraisers such as this one.
The Road Rally includes motorcycles, Jeeps and antiques. Registration at the SECC starts at noon and the ride leaves at 12:30 p.m. after a blessing. Those going are to return to the SECC at about 4 p.m. for a meal that will immediately follow.
The cost is $10 for the driver and passengers 16 and over; under age 16 is $7, and age 3 and under are free.
There will be a marble ride (for 16 and older), with a prize for the most points. There also will be a bull’s-eye game for $5 per sticker, with a cash prize for the winner.
If you just want to enjoy supper and have fellowship, the cost is $7 per person; age 3 and under is free.
Future Event
At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, Historical Vandalia Inc. is having a fundraiser program in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall. “Stan’s What’s It” will be given by Stan Seevers of Argenta. He will display old farm and home tools. Tickets bought ahead of time at the Fayette County Museum are $13; at the door they are $15.
Season tickers for all three events are $30 (another one in November and one in March 2017). Student tickets age 6-18 are half price.
Refreshments will be served and a door prize will be given.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
Folk songs were the program of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club’s first 2016-17 meeting, held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the St. Elmo Public Library. Chuck Myers played a banjo and a sojo guitar, and Elaine Feezel played a guitar and sang the folk songs.
After the program, President Pat Porter opened the business meeting with all giving the club collect and the Pledge of Allegiance. The new program books were passed out. The 2017-17 budget was approved.
Program times were changed this year to have more daytime meetings. There will not be an evening meeting again until 7 p.m. on Jan. 5, and it will be at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Hostesses Neva Carter, Mary Jane Mattix and Sheila Himes served German chocolate cheesecake, nuts, candies and beverages. In addition to Porter and the hostesses, others present were Susan Belden, Karen Denning, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Mary Myers and Anna Jean Rhodes, and a guest of Himes: Carolyn (Revell) Steger of Wheaton, a former St. Elmo resident.
The Thursday, Oct. 6, meeting will be a 10 a.m. tour of Hodgson’s Mill in Effingham. Those going will share rides by meeting at 9:15 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot. Members will decide where to eat lunch after the tour.
Friendly Neighbors
At the Sept. 6 meeting of Friendly Neighbors held at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, school supplies were collected for St. Elmo Elementary School (they will collect school supplies again at the Oct. 4 meeting). Those present were Shirley Smith and Ron Smith of Altamont, Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, Richard Lowe, Cora Miley, Malinda Miller, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Larry Reed, and R. W. and Mary Smith of St. Elmo, and a guest, Charlie Tucker of Mattoon.
Mary Smith took a 15½-inch long zucchini to display; it was given to the Reeds, who were without the vegetable.
Council of Catholic Women
The first 2016-17 club year meeting of the Council of Catholic Women was held the evening of Sept. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. After the Lady of Good Council prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was answered with “What’s my favorite restaurant?”
The main item of business was making plans to host a 6:30 p.m. salad supper on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in the Parish Hall for CCW of St. Clare Catholic Church in Altamont and St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Edgewood.
Hostesses LaVonne Kramer and Carol Rine served beef rollups, red cake, nuts, lemonade, 7-Up and Coke from a red, white and blue patriotic decorated table. Others present were Karen Denning, Mona Durbin, Libby Kessel, Pat Porter, Betty Springman and Natalie Stout.
RNA Leadership Trip
Three members of the Royal Neighbors of America #5784 attended the RNA 2016 Chapter Leadership Trip Aug. 28-31 at Omni Resort on Amelia Island, Fla. The about 150 present included 37 chapter leaders and some guests.
Members Della Stewart of St. Elmo and Marsha Lilly of Beecher City, and a guest, Karla Lilly of St. Elmo, flew from St. Louis, and Stewart’s daughter Jill Stewart of Urbana, who is a member, drove with a friend, Erica Lardon of the Urbana area.
At the business meeting on the second day, RNA Director Matt Phiantrophy introduced President Cinthia Tidwell, who gave a report on all business. He then introduced Katherine Woody and Darcy Smith, RNA member engagement specialists over two districts, who talked on how to report new hourly credits.
Many activities were available during the week – one was a professionally narrated cruise along the salt marshes, wilderness beaches and historic riverbanks of the barrier island. Dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, egrets, herons, spoonbills and osprey meld with shrimp boats, luxury yachts and even a Civil War era fort. Della went on this trip. One day, Jill drove them to Jacksonville, Fla., to sight see and shop.
Lunch Bunch
Present at the Lunch Bunch meeting held at noon on Sept. 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengeiser and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown and Pat Porter of Farina.
Library Board
After approving and paying the bills, the St. Elmo Public Library District Board saw pictures of the landscaping and painting work done at the Beecher City Branch Library that were presented by JoAn Evans.
The after school crafts programs starts the week of Sept. 12.
Integrity Electric reset the outside lights at the library and they are working fine now.
The book club on Sept. 7 had seven attendees.
The library will donate their extra books to the Boy Scouts for their rummage sale.
At the St. Elmo Public Library, Head Start is going to the library the first Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
The after-school program on Sept. 8 had 59 kids attend.
The junior-senior book club is having a wiener roast on Oct. 3 in place of its regular meeting.
The board will be researching ways for making the back room of the library handicapped-accessible.
Terri Smith will be taking a bar coding class on Sept. 22 in Decatur.
At the Brownstown Branch Library, the Friend of the Library still have concert tickets available. The concert will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Brownstown High School. Featured will be T. Graham Brown, Nadine and Steve Ingram as master of ceremonies.
Motion by Kathy Spitler, seconded by Don Crawford, to enter a closed session at 7:42 p.m. carried. Motion by Spitler, seconded by Karen Wegscheid, to leave closed session at 8:07 p.m. carried. Motion by Spitler, seconded by Wegscheid, to hire Kim Karnes as part-time library director, to begin duties on Sept. 19, carried.
The next St. Elmo Public Library Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Beecher City Branch Library.
New Church Coming to St. Elmo
Heartland Baptist Church, which is currently meeting at The Living Museum in Altamont, is planning to be in St. Elmo soon, with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:45 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. and Wednesday night service at 7 p.m.
H.O.P.E. International Addictions Program meets every Friday night at 7 p.m. For details, call 339-5462.
Wright’s Corner HCE
After the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call, “Do you like to cook?,” was answered by Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings and Amanda Miller at the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education meeting held at 1 p.m. on Sept.7 at the Loudon Town House.
Miller gave the special feature, “Homemade Condiments,” and the major lesson, “Five Ingredient Fix.” For refreshments, she served cherry cobbler made in a crock pot.
Southwestern Electric Annual Meeting
The 78th annual meeting of Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. was held Sept. 10 at Greenville Junior High School. Voter registration was from 7-10 a.m. at the Greenville school and the alternate sites at the cooperative’s facilities at St. Elmo and St. Jacob for those who didn’t want to go to the meeting, but each registered voter received a $20 bill credit as an attendance prize.
Each registrant also received a bag that contained the program, a cap and a stainless steel mug that will keep liquids hot or cold.
The activities started in the cafeteria with a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy and tropical fruit salad served from 7-9:30 a.m. by Chris Cakes of St. Louis. There were two lines that started with the pancakes that were flipped up for the attendee to catch on his/her plate.
In the gym, where the business meeting was held, bingo was played from 8-9:30 a.m. Each winner received an envelope than contained no less than $20 or more than $100.
These activities were in various areas: Child Identification Program, kids and teens carnival-Junior Lineman Challenge, inflatable play areas and various games (every child who registered received a gift), Bond County Health Department performing free blood pressure screenings and pulse checks, and information booths to learn about several important initiatives.
Board President Alan Libbra called the meeting to order at 10 a.m., and Director Ron Schaufelberger gave the invocation. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Greenville Elementary first-graders sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
There were introductions, reports, etc., during the business meeting and Chief Executive Officer Kerry Sloan’s report told that after serving 20 years, he is going to do something different.
In the past 20 years, Southwestern Electric has increased 12.88 percent; the national KWh has increased 40.40 percent.
Election results from the more than 1,200 voters were announced, and the three incumbents were re-elected: Sandy Grapperhaus of District I, Ted Willman of District II and Ann Scharm of District III.
District III includes areas in Fayette, Effingham, Shelby and Marion counties. In addition to Schwarm of Loogootee, the other two District III directors are Randy Wolf of St. Elmo and Barbara Tedrick of Vandalia.
Every so often throughout the meeting a name was drawn for a bill credit – three names received a $100 credit, one name received a $250 credit, one name received a $500 credit and the last name draw after the meeting adjourned received one year of free electricity (up to $7,160).
Probably at least 2,000 (voters and guests) were present.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
The Ovarian cancer awareness program sponsored by the Fayette County Home and Community Education was held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Fayette County Hospital old conference room, with more than 30 in attendance. Teal ribbons were given to each one.
The first speaker was Donna Blair of Vandalia, a survivor. The second speaker was Dawn McDaid, OB/GYN of Effingham, who showed slides that asked questions. Both speakers were very good and informative. Those present also asked both speakers questions.
Refreshments of punch and cookies were served by the Sefton and St. Elmo units of HCE.
The St. Elmo First United Methodist Church choir takes a summer break. The choir started another year at the Sept. 11 worship service. The choir anthem was “The Spirit of America,” with Kathy Spitler at the clavinova. Pastor Dan Laack delivered the sermon.
Rev. Laack and his wife, Pat, will start a Wednesday night Bible study on Sept. 14; it starts at 6:30 p.m. The book study is “Bait of Satan” (living free from the deathly trap of offense).
The Sunday Night Live high school youth kickoff has started again. It met from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11.


Darcy Smith  of RNA Quad Cities area (left) is shown with Della Stewart of St. Elmo, Karla Lilly of St. Elmo and Marsha Lilly of Beecher City.

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