Today's Features

  • Longhorm Family Sends Out for Fast Food ...
    ... meaning that a good rain is needed on their pasture, as the long green grass is turning to short brown stubble. So they put in an order for a whopper-size bale of good hay from friend Josh.
    We have noticed that Geneva, the brown/white cow, will eat the hay and leave the dry grass, but “Red,” one of the red cows, will still nibble at the stubby brown grass. We figure she is saving the hay until there is no grass left to eat.

  • Lillian Mae Kelly
    Jacob Kelly and Alison Hanks of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 11:06 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

    Lillian Mae weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Grandparents are Donna and Wes Fitzwater of Vandalia, Steve and Julie Lach of Brownstown, and Scott Kelly of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Ginny Wilber of Brownstown, Dorothy and Steve Lach of Vandalia, Elsie and Gerald Kelly of Ramsey, and Larry Wilber of Decatur.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cole of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

  • Phyllis and Phillip Richards will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Amy (Luster) Pittenger is now a published author of a book, which gives credence to the adage that an author should write about a subject with which he or she is familiar.
    And Amy did just that.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 135.
    The vacancy pastor is the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was Jan Mendonca.
    Liam Kraemer served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Curtis Jenne and Ed Young.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with long term health concerns:
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Randy Dorr
    -Stefan Goolsby
    -Donna Oertwig
    -Keith Manley
    -John Stedlin
    -Carolyn Maske
    -Jill Quandt
    -Melvin Suckow
    -Tim Suckow

  • Homestead Barn Critters
    Several readers have asked how the barn critters are doing in the hot summer, so, in answer to their inquiries – first, thank you all for your interest and for following them in the column.
    Bucky, the little cute burro, and his mentor, adviser and stablemate Lady, the little mini-mare and senior Homestead Critter, are doing fine in the hot, humid weather, as they have a window fan to cool them and discourage any flies.