Area News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorns “Mooing” as We’re “Moving On”
    As we continue with the process of moving from the south end of the lane to the north end, the Longhorn family – Betsy, Geneva (the Bartels girl), Red and the two youngsters – are watching the “show” every day.
    They graze along the fence so they won’t miss anything. Betsy became quite vocal last week as she stood watching us working. She may have been complaining because we were tramping down the clover that was originally on their menu.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 1
    • Each St. Elmo school will have registration from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • Goal for Tipsword tombstone reached

    The goal of raising $1,800 for a tombstone marking the gravesite of the first white settler in the Effingham/Fayette County area has been reached.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on July 25 at Chinatown Restaurant in Litchfield, with 34 members and four guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests followed by the pledge to the flag.  Brock Fisher gave the blessing prior to the buffet meal. 
    After the meal, Mulhern called the meeting to order.  The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for July were also read.

  • Class of 1943 reunion is Aug. 17

    The Vandalia High School class of 1943 will hold its 70-year reunion at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Class members and their spouses are invited to attend.

  • Meeting of Tea Party is moved

    The Brownstown-Effingham area Tea Party exhibited at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown, July 7-12.
    About 120 fair-goers were given information about the PTELL tax cap law, and a petition advocating a vote on the law was signed by several voters.
    The PTELL tax cap law would limit Fayette County real estate tax increases to the lesser of 5 percent or the consumer price index, Tea Party officials said.

  • Reunions

    The 51st Springman family reunion was held at St. Mary’s Church in St. Elmo on Sunday, July 21.
    The potluck was hosted by the George and Pauline Springman family.

  • Reunion

    The Atwood reunion was held on Saturday, June 29, at Rogier Park in pavilion.
    After a noon meal, President Jim Atwood started the business meeting by leading the group in the Lord’s Prayer. The minutes from last year’s reunion were read, with no corrections made.
    Two weddings were reported:
    • Keli Atwood, daughter of Crystal Critchloe and granddaughter of Jim and Charlotte Atwood, to Travis Hastings on May 10, 2012.

  • OUR PLACE Open House

    OUR PLACE Youth Center, headed by LeAnn Bales, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo.; and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo. Other visitors over the weekend were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.; Rollie and Trieva Henson; and Amy Reiss.
    Bridal Shower
    Andria Urban Cavaletto and Sue Urban hosted a bridal shower for Mahala Harpster on Saturday at Orchard View Winery in Alma.
    Mahala received many nice gifts and enjoyed visiting with approximately 30 women in attendance.