From the Desk of Congressman Shimkus

Congressman John Shimkus


This past week was National School Choice Week. Held every January, National School Choice Week seeks to raise public awareness of the education options available to children, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

As a father of three boys and a former Lutheran school teacher, I know first hand that parents make better decisions about their children’s education than bureaucrats in Washington. That’s why I proudly to support efforts to expand the options available to students, restore local control of schools and reduce the federal footprint in education.

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Frogtown News February 4

frogtownAttend Birthday Party
Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, MO. On Saturday, they attended the 2nd birthday party of grandson, Aaron Harpster at his home. Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen, and Owen Harpster, Tom and Patty Spitzmiller, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Doug and Pam Stein, Heidi Hunter and Austin, Rhonda and Aubrey Hunter.

Returns from China
Courtney Gladson returned from China with daughter, Eliot last week. Eliot is welcomed home by her dad Jason Gladson, and brothers, Connor and Grady, and sister Mabry.

Sausage Supper
The Annual Sausage Supper hosted by the men of St. Peter will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016 in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym beginning at 5:00 p.m.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church News
Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 212 .
The organist was Rita Yagow.
Cameron Brandt was the Acolyte
Attending Elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

Remember in Your Prayers
Those with health concerns:
Peggy Evanoff
Kimberly Major
Those with long term health concerns
Ann Dunaway
Mark Dunaway
Stefan Goolsby
Madison Lash
Dennis Lee
Ed Morton
Donna Oertwig
Maria Oswald
Charlotte VanWinkle
Those serving our Country
Our Shut ins

Sharon Simmons
Susan Urban
Shawna Craig
Doris Rubin
Hilmer Magnus
Marcus Benning
Kelsey King
Jayden Gullion
Jaxson Gullion
Rodney Heinzmann
Brylee Phillips
Robert Runge
Collin Miller

Merle & Sandy Crain (52)


KC Community and Continuing Education classes in Vandalia

“Write Your Life Story” Class To Be Held in Vandalia

The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will present an “Write Your Life Story” class through the Vandalia Campus. The class will be held on Mondays, February 1 through February 22, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The registration number for the class is LLI-7607-VA01E.

Writing the story of your life can heal, inspire, and entertain and only you can do it. This course leads you quickly through the process from idea to manuscript, helping you write like a pro. Only you can write your own life story. Who will you honor by your story? A parent, a place of importance, a timely event, or even a cherished pet? Any event worthy of record. Give credence to your life, by your notes! This course is held at Capitol Pointe Apartments, located at 2415 West Randolph in Vandalia. Cost for students under 60 is $40.00. Students over 60 may register at no cost.

Students may register through the Vandalia Campus by calling 618-545-3445 or the Department of Industrial and Continuing Education at Kaskaskia College at 618-545-3255. Space is limited, so please register early. All students must pre-register for this class.

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Cougars drop 3rd place game to St. Anthony

The South Central Cougars lost to the St. Anthony Bulldogs on Saturday 60-43.

Brett Harmeier and Drevonte Hill were both selected to the All Tournament Team. Other members named to the All Tourney team were  Lance Niemerg, Travis Niemerg and Nick Feldhake of Dietrich, Ryan Armstrong of Altamont, Nick Grunloh and Chandler Martelli of St. Anthony, Landon Feezel and Kyle Hardimon of St. Elmo/Brownstown, and Austin Rexroad and Aaron Nohren of Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick.

The 2016 NTC Scholar Athletes were also recognized.  Honorees are Chase Riley of South Central,  Bailee Merkel and Logan Deadmond of Altamont, Timber Gates and Andrew Moeller of Beecher City, Kyrstyn Fitch of Brownstown, Mikayla Winters and Travis Niemerg of Dieterich, Dakora Struthers and Ryan Kastl of Neoga, Emma Richards and Nick Grunloh of St. Anthony, Gabrielle Moore of St. Elmo, Clara Kaufman and Chandler Ballinger of Stewardson-Strasburg, and Mercedez Austin and Mitchell Haddock of Windsor.

The winners were Ryan Kastl for the boys, and Clara Kaufman for the girls.

Watch the 3rd Place Game below:




Cougars lose to Altamont, Harmeier scores 1000th point

The Altamont Indians defeated the South Central Cougars 64-46 Thursday night.

South Central had a slow start down 19-6 after one quarter. At halftime, the Cougars were down 19 points, 38-19. The Cougars bounced back in the second half outscoring Altamont 27-26.

South Central shot 51 percent from the field, making 19 out of 37 shots.

Brett Harmeier led all scorers with 22 points. Also, scoring for South Central were Trevor Markley 9, Jon Arnold 7, Ryan Matheny 4, Drevonte Hill 2, and Caleb Harpster 2.

Harmeier also scored his 1000th career point in the contest.

Cougars with play for 3rd place at the NTC at 2:30 on Saturday.

You can watch the game below. Video is from 97.9 WXEF Effingham.


Frogtown News January 28

frogtownVisiting Parents
Mahala and Harper Jacquin are spending the week with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter while Mahala’s husband Nathan, is in Florida at the PGA playoffs for his job. The family is busy on renovating Mahala’s grandmother’s house for her family’s move in late February.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church News
Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 196 .
The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz.
Zada Reynolds was the Acolyte
Attending Elders were Darrell Wollin and Allen Magnus.

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Prospective students invited to Laker Visit Day

Prospective Lake Land College students and parents are invited to learn more about the college at one of three upcoming open houses. Laker Visit Days are scheduled for Feb. 12, April 1, and June 16.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and running until noon, Laker Visit Day provides an opportunity for students to tour campus, sit in on a current class, meet current students and talk with faculty. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend and learn more about the college during a parent session.

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