Saturday, December 31
• Summer Breeze Winehouse Barn Venue Bash, 6-10 p.m.
Sunday, January 1
• Royal Neighbors of America #2764 is furnishing ham and beans for the 2 p.m. dinner in the Phillips Building. Everyone is invited to take a potluck dish to complete the meal.
Monday, January 2
• MOPS – Mothers of Fayette County preschoolers, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Tuesday, January 3
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, January 4
• First day of school after the holiday vacation.
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, January 5
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library. The program will be bingo and those attending are to take a wrapped $5 gift.
Caring and Sharing
St. Elmo Lions Club packed Caring and Sharing boxes at the American Legion Home Dec. 17 for the 71 area families eligible to pick them up or have the boxes delivered to them.
Fayette County Bank Open House
Fayette County Bank had an open house Dec.16 and 17, and those who attended registered for door prizes. Adult names drawn were: Juanita Dial, a $25 gift certificate for a massage from Cheri’s; Anna Jean Rhodes, a $25 gift certificate from Caseys; Elaine Karnes, a $25 gift certificate from Magic Hands by Greg Hissong; and Carol Dial, a silver eagle coin. Children names drawn for boys and girls toys were Whitler Ledbetter, Dunner Meinhart, Diesel Rhodes, Trenden Thurll, Marissa Cunningham, Michelle Cunningham and Kinley Mills.
A decorated table held refreshments of cookies, candies and punch.
Fayette County HCE Christmas
The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education did not have a December business meeting, but had a Christmas party on Dec. 19 at the Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia. Guests were Extension office secretary Debbie Boley, community worker/SNAP-Ed Jo Stine and Extension Program Coordinator Sarah Luce.
Board members present were President Flo Allen of the Sefton Unit, First Vice Debbie Segrest of the Vandalia Day Unit, Second Vice Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit, Treasurer Carol Bridges of the Vandalia Day Unit and Cultural Enrichment Ashley Davis of the Vandalia Day Unit. Illness kept some from attending the party.
Several board members put favors at the place settings.
The guests had to leave after the noon meal, but Segrest had three games and the winners were Davis, Bridges and Rhodes.
Lions Club Christmas Dinner
The St. Elmo Lions Club’s annual Christmas dinner was the evening of Dec.19 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Before the meal, President Dave Maxey had all give the Pledge of Allegiance and Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Maxey introduced some of the guests: Helen Koonce and Anna Jean Rhodes, widows of deceased members; Annie Turner and Ashley Davis, who helped judge the Labor Day Parade; and the two Lions Club scholarship winners, Emily Bone and parents Michael and Christine Pasley, and Kassandra Viramontes and parents Frank and Irma Viramontes and her brother.
After the meal, Maxey had each of the scholarship winners go to the front to tell a little about their college and receive checks from the Lions Club treasurer, Don Crawford. Emily and Kassandra are students at the Lake Land College. Each received $500.
The 16 Lions Club members present and their guests were Don Crawford, Pee Wee Denton and wife Helen, Roger Fulk and Lynn, Holly Hufer, Dan Laack and wife Pat, Mark Lash and wife Tammy, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe and Rosemary Owen, Le Mar Marchman and wife Billye Jo, Dave Maxey and wife Joann, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry and wife Leatha, Lloyd Stanley and wife Mona and Randy Wolf and wife Linda.
Each woman received a gift – a decorative vase to hold a bottle of fragrance oil and six dark reeds.
The first 2017 Lions Club business meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Board of Education
The December meeting of the St. Elmo Community School District #202 Board of Education was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in the unit office. The following agenda items were approved: regular Nov. 16 board meeting minutes, bills and financial reports, and monthly administrative reports.
The board approved the QZAB interest tax abatement resolution.
The board adopted the proposed tax levy resolution.
The authorization of the board president to sign the certificate of compliance with the Truth in Taxation Act was approved.
The school board expenditures resolution was approved.
The board adopted the IASB PRESS board policies and board policy #7:190 as presented at the Nov. 16 board meeting.
The repayment of an interfund loan of $149,999 from the tort fund to the education fund was approved.
The board set two special meeting dates for January: Monday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., regarding superintendent candidate interviews.
The board moved the January regular scheduled meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Former Resident Obit
Janice Louise “Jan” Moore, 66, of Westminster, S.C. and wife of John Moore (also a former St. Elmo resident) died at 9:10 p.m. on Dec. 14. She was born in St. Elmo to the late Ralph Wilson Janes and Lorena Marguerite Titus Janes.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Kyle (David) McCree and Kelly Gardner (Michael); and two brothers, Kent Janes of St. Elmo and Doyt Janes (Geraldine) of Prairieville, LA; and five grandchildren. A brother, Randall Janes preceded her in death.
A memorial service for her will be held in the fall of 2017.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1510, Ranson, W. Va. 25478 or your local animal shelter in tribute to her love of stray animals.