St. Elmo News

Monday, September 21
• Historical Vandalia Inc., 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, September 22
• Fayette County Health Department public flu clinic, 8:30-10:30 a.m., St. Elmo American Legion.
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will not meet until Sept. 29.
Labor Day Weekend Activities in St. Elmo
The St. Elmo Community Park Board and Friends of the St. Elmo Park, with volunteers, had activities for the Labor Day weekend, but because of COVID-19, had to cut back on some activities, such as bingo.
A cartoon movie was shown in the park Friday night.
A vendor fair was held in the Centennial building Saturday and was well attended.
The cornhole tournament on Saturday afternoon had seven teams, and the winners were Clint Evans and Frank Bernard; they received a cash prize and two $20 steak dinners at Daryl’s Dine-In.
“Danny Patton and the Straight Lace Band” played Saturday night.
Sunday “The Table” hosted a Christian music concert with Justin Todd Howard.
Junk in the Trunk sales were in the park Monday morning. O’Dell’s food truck was set up for lunch and dinner.
Adults enjoyed watching the kids’ power wheel demo Monday afternoon. Josh Homann of Dieterich set up the HEMI Power Wheels in the basketball court from 2-5 p.m. for free entertainment for children.
“Loudon Country Band” provided music Monday night.
Mayor Ernie Myers announced the Citizen of the Year Monday evening. Karen Wegscheid has community pride and leadership and is a member of the fire department, park board, library board, Royal Neighbors of America, etc. She received a plaque and $250.
The other nominee was Kim Logue.
The park board hid a medal in the St. Elmo Area ,and there were clues for people to find it and receive $500. Shelly Oldfield and her granddaughter Megan Denton found it; it was across from the United Bank and near the police department. The medal had to be turned in Monday night to receive the reward.
Clues were available at the following sponsors of the medal hunt: Country Companies; McKeller, Robertson, McCarty and Click; Daryl’s Dine-In; Waltrip’s Corner; Serenity Theraputic Massage; St. Elmo Pet Clinic; United Fidelity Bank; and Dieterich Bank.
Sponsoring the Labor Day medal hunt were CD Feller Enterprises, Feller Oilfield Service and Petro Petroleum.
The park board 50/50 drawing was won by Pam Haslett.
Labor Day morning, the St. Elmo Fire Department has a pancake and sausage breakfast in the firehouse, but this year it was a drive-through.
Attendance was down from previous years, but about 300 were served.
St. Elmo Board of Education
The St. Elmo Board of Education met in special session at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the unit office.
The board amended the school calendar to include a remote learning planning day on Sept. 14.
The board approved the St. Elmo Education Association’s proposed modifications to the SECUSD #202 Back-to-School Plan through Nov. 27, at which time it will be revisited pending state guidelines.
The board approved changes to the school calendar to reflect changes in the back-to-school plan.
The board approved Hailey Wright as a volunteer assistant junior high softball coach.
The board employed Daniel Tacker as substitute custodian.
St. Elmo Community Park Board
The St. Elmo Community Park District Board met at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 for the regularly scheduled meeting in the Centennial Building.
Five of the six board members were present—Kim Baron, Brad Davis, Daryl Calvert, Danny Tish and Karen Wegscheid.    
Fred Waggoner, a representative of Friends of the Park, addressed the board with ideas for the upcoming Labor Day weekend activities. The board is compliable with activities suggested and is appreciative that there is a group of people willing to assist in making things happen in the park for the good of the community.
Sarah Beasleu gave the board a report on her consideration for the vendor fair to be held in the park on Saturday Sept. 6.
President Baron gave the board a report on the medallion hunt that will take place Labor Day weekend beginning on Friday. It is hoped to receive financial sponsorship from local businesses so that a cash price can be offered in this endeavor.
Scheduling of the Cornhole tournament, the Danny Parton with Leather Lace band, movie night and other aspects of the celebration were discussed.
Baron read the treasurer’s report and there was minimal discussion. It was accepted and filed for audit.
Wegscheid recommended that the board appoint Sarah Beasley to the board to fill a vacant seventh slot.
The motion made carried. The appointment will run through the remainder of the 2020/21 year until the April election. Secretary Calvert is to get the necessary paperwork filled out and filed with the Circuit Clerk.
More discussion regarding Labor Day activities and what could reasonably be put forth with speculation of the Governor’s safety guidelines, people’s interest, feasibility of the board hindered by lack of assistance, etc. was held.
The board members are optimistic that the park will be well utilized in the spirit of fun and enjoyment.
Bills were presented and paid.
Baron will utilize the St. Elmo Banner and the St. Elmo Community Park District Facebook page to communicate the activities for the Labor Day weekend.
The public is invited to ”Like” their page along with the Friends of the Park page and encouraged to join the Friends of the Park group that meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Building.
Lions Club
President Dave Maxey opened the Aug. 10 meeting of the St. Elmo Lions Club by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance. Pee Wee Denton led in prayer.
Roger Fulk took a guest to the meeting; Jordan Fryer was present for a meal, the business meeting and fellowship with the club.
Maxey talked a little more about the club’s loss of Lloyd Stanley, who was the clubs longest-standing member.
He would have celebrated his 55th year as an active member this year. He will never be forgotten by the members of the club.
The club’s scheduled Heath Bar sales is coming up the end of October, if feasible.
Some details were discussed in the event we can have the sale.
The scheduled Aug. 24 meeting has been canceled.
In addition to Maxey, Denton and Fulk, the other members present were Don Crawford, Holly Huffer, Bob Lowe, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder and Bob Wells.
CRU’s Full Time Staff Missionaries
Mitchell and Megan Dixon of Manhattan, Kan., have recently become full time staff members of Cru-Campus Crusade for Christ. Megan is the daughter of Michael and Brandi Maxey and granddaughter of Dave and Joann Maxey of St. Elmo.
Because of COVID-19, Cru’s first-ever virtual New Staff Orientation was held in July. Megan said, “In our office we spend seven hours a day for nine days straight on Zoom to be trained and officially join staff with Cru long-term.
On the evening of Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, we were officially commissioned as Missionaries of Campus Crusade for Christ as Members of the Religious Order.”
She says they are being placed in a specific area in the region for the first three to five years on staff and they will be part of the team that launches Mid-Mo in the fall of 2021.


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