Area News

  • 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.  

  • Frogtown News

    Jayme Michel and Jayme Brown were married on Sept. 7, 2013, at Grace Nazarene Church in Salem. The groom is the son of John and Jenny Michel of St. Peter. The couple reside in Murphysboro.
    Surprise Birthday Celebration

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, October 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • International Night of Fayette County Home and Community Education will be held at the St. Elmo Phillips Building. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., potluck at 6 p.m. The program on South Africa will be given by Kathy Brown of Vandalia. Guests are welcome.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Sad Farewell to Smoky,
    The (Adorable) Little donkey
    Last Wednesday morning Bill came in from feeding the critters and said to call Dr. Bristow, because Smoky didn’t eat his breakfast, and he had also left some of Tuesday evening’s supper. This meant something was wrong, because Smoky always cleaned his plate and would let us know loudly when he was ready to eat.

  • Frogtown News

    Jessica Fogler and Jason Kesterson were married on Sept. 7 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Troy.
    The bride is the daughter of Corwyn and Trudy Fogler of Farina. The couple resides in St. Louis, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 28
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
    • The Blackwood Legacy Quartet, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D. Admission is free and an offering will be received. The quartet is from Nashville.
    Tuesday, October 1

  • Tea party has PTELL petitions out

    As a result of the Sept. 1 Effingham Area Tea Party meeting, three businesses are hosting PTELL tax cap petitions.
    Residents may sign a petition at Pine Ridge Homes on West Randolph Street in Vandalia, Donaldson’s Service in Beecher City of Artcraft Press on Ill. Route 33 at Lake Sara Road in Effingham.
    The next Tea Party rally will be held on Oct. 5 at the Effingham VFW Home, with a free weiner roast at 5:30 p.m. and the main speaker, Bruno Berend, at 7 p.m.