Area News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, October 17
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class regular potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

  • 100-Pounder

    Larry Bennett of Vandalia is shown with the 100-pound Carolina Cross watermelon that he grew this summer at his home.

  • Shriners Hospital Newspaper Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 26, as Shriners Hospital Newspaper Day.

    With the mayor is Stan Kelly, president of the Old National Train Shrine Club.
    On Oct. 26, local Shriners will be distributing its special edition newspapers that tell the story of the Shriners Hospitals for Children and accepting donations for the hospitals.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    LongHorn Cows Enjoining “Snacks”
    Bill recently mowed our back and front yard, which was formerly the LongHorns’ pasture. When he finished, he used the pitchfork and put some of it over the fence for them.
    Now, they line up along the fence, waiting for him to fork over some more to them. If he doesn’t get to it quickly enough, they begin mooing at him.
    They have plenty to eat on their side of the fence, but they probably feel like that was their pasture, so they should get the cuttings off of it.

  • Frogtown News

    Wilbert Schroeder of St. Peter received word that his sister Agnes Reichert, who lived in California, died on Thursday, Oct. 3.
    Dinner Guests
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, Larry and Sue Urban, and Kyle, Dawn and Olivia Urban, all of St. Peter, were Sunday evening dinner guests of John and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill.
    St. Peter Church
    Attendance on Sunday was 208. Sydney Miller served as acolyte.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Jay Rothe.
    Remember in Your Prayers

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Oct. 10
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.  
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, October 12
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • Steve Krstulovich will speak at 6 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church. See a report on Krstulovich following the announcements.

  • Successful Gardening

    Elmer Opfer of St. Peter shows off two of his better tomatoes grown this summer, measuring in at 9 and 11 1/2 inches.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Sept. 26 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 25 members and five guests present.
    President Dean Black welcomed all members and guests, followed by the pledge to the flag. A moment of silence was given for member Ruth Jesgarz.
    Brock Fisher gave the blessing prior to the lunch buffet.
    After the meal, Vice President Mike Mulhern called the meeting to order. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for September were also read.

  • Finley re-elected chairwoman of CEFS Board of Directors

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation Board of Directors recently elected and seated officers for the fiscal year Sept. 1, 2013-Aug. 31, 2014.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    From the Chicken Roost
    Rhonda and Blackie (chickens) are picking back up again, as they produce an egg apiece today. They seem to be working in shifts and coming up with only one egg (between them) most days.  Maybe they are having a seasonal turnover.  We are working on a plan for their new habitat, something critter- (both stalking fur and flying feathered varieties) proof.