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Today's News

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Sept. 2 – Sloppy joe on bun, hash brown casserole, seasoned broccoli and spiced apples.
    Friday, Sept. 3 – Marinated chicken breast, brown rice, asparagus, copper penny carrots salad, fruit cocktail and whole grain roll.
    Monday, Sept. 6 – Closed for Labor Day.
    Tuesday, Sept. 7 – Porkburger on whole grain bun, peas, baked beans and applesauce.  
    Wednesday, Sept. 8 – Stuffed green peppers, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, plums and bread.

  • Venue change for tonight's Vandalia volleyball match

    Tonight's (Sept. 2) volleyball match scheduled between Vandalia High School and Roxana High School will be played at East Alton-Wood River High School instead of Roxana because of poor floor conditions.

    The freshmen will begin the action at 5 p.m., with the JV and varsity games to follow.

  • Stunkel– Blankenship

    Andrea Stunkel and Tyler Blankenship, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Russ and Nancy Stunkel of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Marion and Ramona Blankenship of Avena.
    The couple are planning a 3 p.m. outdoor wedding at the Vandalia Shrine Club on Saturday, Oct. 9. A reception will follow the ceremony with a dinner and dance at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
     

  • Washburn-Mulvaney Engagement

    LeAnna Washburn of Brownstown and Travis Mulvaney of Farina have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Jon and Leah Washburn of Brownstown. She is a 2003 graduate of Brownstown High School and is currently employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in ICU and Telemetry.
    The future groom is the son of Edward and Terri Mulvaney of Farina. He is a 2001 graduate of South Central High School and 2008 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a degree in elementary education.

  • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club held its Aug. 26 luncheon and meeting at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 23 members and five guests attending.
    Guests present were Marge Harre, Pam Orr, Kenneth Hagen, Jane Hammond and Stacey Langston.
    The pledge of allegiance was given, followed by Brock Fisher asking the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with President Dean Black welcoming the guests andmembers present.
    The secretary and treasurer report was approved as read.

  • Getting Ready for Survey
  • Farm Briefs

    Dry weather aids corn development

    Very little, if any, precipitation, was received last week across the state, which continued to speed the crops along in their development.

    Temperatures were more moderate last week, with the statewide average temperature being below normal for the first time since early July.

    There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week across the state, making it a good week to put up good quality hay.

    The corn crop advanced to 87 percent dented, compared to the five-year average of 61 percent.

  • Growmark ends strong financial year

    GROWMARK officials this week reported unaudited, estimated results for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31.
    Senior Vice President of Finance Jeff Solberg announced sales of $6 billion for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. GROWMARK net income is estimated to be $81 million.

  • Farmland values increase

    Farmland values in Illinois recovered from a mild hiccup in 2009, and so far this year have returned to an upward trend that began after the 1980s farm crisis, according to a recent article in FarmWeek.
    The annual land values and cash rent report, released in August by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, showed Illinois' farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, increased by $120 per acre from 2009 to 2010. Land now averages $4,650 per acre.

  • Survey shows acreage increases for '11 crops

    Thanks to an improving price outlook, U.S. growers appear ready to increase plantings of corn, soybeans and wheat for harvest in 2011, according to Farm Futures’ first survey of new crop acreage intentions for the coming year.
    Survey results were released this week.
    The survey found that corn acres could increase almost 2 percent in 2011, to 89.5 million acres, compared with 87.9 million  acres sown this spring. That would be the second biggest crop put in since the end of World War II.