Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their son, Mitch Harpster and family, of Cape Girardeau, M0.
    On Saturday, they attended the sixth birthday party of grandson Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.
    Others attending the party were: Amanda, Ben and Madison Eller; Ron, Diane and Annie Eller; Janay Dalton; Cleve, Rhonda and Aubree Hunter; Heidi Hunter and Bruce Millard; and Natalie and Carolyn Stein.

  • St. Elmo News

    Saturday, July 6
    • Because of the Fourth of July weekend, the St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open today, but will be open next Saturday. Also, as of this week, it is open Monday evenings for the summer months.
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat lunch together can do so in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Report: Illinois corn acres down, beans up

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports. Highlights of the report include:
    Corn planted in Illinois in 2013 is estimated at 12.2 million acres, unchanged from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and down 600,000  acres from last year.

  • News Briefs

    Temple Baptist car wash set for July 13

    The youth group at Temple Baptist Church will be holding a car wash from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13.
    The event will be held at the Head Start building (formerly King's Treasure), just west of Sunset Drive on Progress West Drive.
    Funds will be used to pay for the church's youth to go to Rehoboth Church Camp.


  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    We need to syncronize our watches!
    We start the Evergreen Outreach program at 1 p.m. every Monday. You can come early and visit if you want, but you will miss lots of fun and music if you leave early. Please don’t try to squeeze all this wonderfulness in to a 30-45 minute program. So, alert your bus drivers. You can always stay late and visit, just please don’t leave in the middle of the program. It might offend our highly trained and overpaid professional musicians and singers. HA!

  • The Bible doesn't degrade women, it elevates them

    There is a common notion that women are relegated to a low status in the Bible. This thought is as mistaken as the idea that slavery is justified in the Bible.

    The truth of the matter is that the Bible is addressed to the culture of its day. Israel, to whom the Old Testament was addressed, became a nation around 1450-1250 BC. Paganism existed throughout the world,  with its mass killings of people groups, slavery and suppression of women, as well as the sacrificial system to pagan deities.

  • Tools for School now accepting donations

    Once again the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to students who need help in Fayette County only, is under way.
    The first step is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicate their students need.
    Those who wish to donate supplies, may contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, 283-0927, to see what is needed.

  • KC announces KICK classes in July

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes to be held in July at the Vandalia Campus.
    • Arts and Crafts – A variety of fun and creative artistic projects will be the focus of this course.
    Some of the items that may be made are beads and bracelets, picture frames, mosaics, candles, soap and jewelry boxes.
    The class will be held Monday, July 1 and 8, from 1-3 p.m. The class is for students in grade 3 and up, and the cost is $15. The registration number is CKICK 5278 VA01D.

  • Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg

    By Tom Emery
    This week marks the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the most famous battle of the Civil War. The Union victory on July 1-3, 1863, checked the northern invasion of Robert E. Lee, and is considered the turning point of the war.
    Several Illinoisans played key roles at Gettysburg, including Lt. Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois Cavalry, who borrowed a carbine from a fellow soldier and fired the first shot of the battle around 7:30 a.m. on July 1.

  • Marshall Watson shares memories of Avena

    Some time back, Andrew Harner of Charleston shared with me some old photographs of his family, very important people from the village of Avena in the township of the same name.