Today's Features

  • New Friend & New Critter Story
    Many of our faithful readers will remember the Homestead turkey, Fred P. Turkey (the “P” stood for pilgrim). He looked like the pilgrims’ Thanksgiving turkeys that we used to draw and color in elementary school.
    He was brought to the Homestead by Lola Gehle many years ago as a baby turkey, along with baby SnowWhite Goose, for  Cora. 
    He grew to be a very large bird and looked just like a wild turkey. He was a big pet and roamed the grounds free as … a bird.

  • Marriage
    Kent Clark and Jill Schilling were married on June 9 at Vevay Park in Casey. Kent is the son of Warren and Lucretia Schroeder, and Jill is the daughter of Joe and Jennifer Schilling. The couple resides in Charleston.
    Blood Drive
    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont will hold an American Red Cross blood drive in their Parish Hall on Wednesday, June 27, from 3-7 p.m.

  • Hay is Baled – All is Well
    Just as finally seeing the farmers working in the fields in the spring, so does the sight of our hay baled up and safe after being cut and just laying helpless on the field after being beaten down by hard rains, hail or whatever.
    One of the prettiest calendars I remember seeing was simply a photograph of a field with its harvest of hay standing in rows of golden bales, with a beautiful blue sky decorated randomly with fluffy, white clouds.

  • Announcements
    Thursday, June 21
    • Summer begins!
    • Town & Country Art Shows, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum Artworks Gallery.
    Friday, June 22
    • Men’s Bible study every Friday, 6:30-7:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course
    • Town & Country Art Shows, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum Artworks Gallery.
    Saturday, June 23
    • Town & Country Art Shows, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Fayette County Museum Artworks Gallery.
    Sunday, June 24

  • Overcup Baptist Church in Vera is holding Vacation Bible School from next Wednesday through Friday.
    The VBS, which has a theme of “Come to the Island – Promise Island,” is open to all children age 4 through young adult.
    Sessions will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly, with a performance on Sunday, July 1.

  • Aiden Lynn Graumenz
    Dustin and Rachel Graumenz of Glen Carbon are the parents of a boy born at 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

    Aiden Lynn weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.
    He has a brother, Declan, age 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Steve and Ann Ozella of Petersburg, and paternal grandparents are David and Amy Graumenz of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Bobbie Payne, and Marjorie and Louie Warner.

  • The Rev. Alan Holtz will be celebrating his 55th year of his ordination as a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastor on June 30.

  • Ariabella Rey Greenwood

    Jeffrey Allen and Jo Lynne Greewood of Flora are the parents of a girl born at 3:39 a.m. on May 13, 2018, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    Ariabella Rey weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    She has a brother, Quenton Alexander, age 9, and a sister, Jaqueline Paige, age 4.
    Maternal grandparents are Mary and Tony Schwarm of Sullivan, Mo., formerly of Vandalia; and paternal grandparents are Larry and Sharon Greenwood of Flora.

  • Short Trip
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter traveled to Kentucky to attend the 400-Mile Yard Sale.
    They spent the night in Paducah on Thursday and traveled to Hopkinsville on Friday.
    On Saturday, they went to Jackson, Mo., to watch grandson, Dru Eller compete in a baseball tournament.
    They returned home on Sunday.
    Sam and Shayla Stock are the parents of a son, born on May 29, 2018. He weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long, and has been named Kru Richard.

  • Brownstown VBS Schedules
    • Brownstown First Christian Church – June 4-8, 6-8:15.
    “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.” VBS kickoff carnival Sunday, June 3, 4-6 p.m.
    • Liberty Christian Church – June 18 – 21.
    “Shipwrecked – Rescued by Jesus.”
    Tarzan, the Little Frog is back…
    … and we think he is courting a little girl tree frog. He is again hanging around our back deck and often sings to us when we are out side.