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Today's News

  • Heat, lack of rain are affecting crops

    Statewide temperatures were 2.2 degrees above normal last week, averaging 78.4 degrees.
    Precipitation averaged 0.51 inches, 0.19 inches below normal. The far southern districts of the state received more than  1 inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
    Hot and dry crops were beginning to show stress.

  • Corn acres higher than expected; prices may fall

    With the release of USDA’s June Grain Stocks and Acreage reports comes a fundamental shift in the corn market, suggesting that corn prices will come under considerable pressure, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.

  • Farm Briefs

    USDA reinstates farm labor survey
    In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will resume its Agricultural Labor Survey after the U.S. Department of Labor agreed to pay its costs. NASS suspended the survey in April due to budget constraints.

  • Smooth as Silk

    Most area corn plants – like this one in a field southwest of Vandalia – have moved into the silking stage.

    Hot weather has produced significant growth in recent days, but some plants are beginning to show signs of stress as dry conditions persist.

  • Dean's List

    McKendree University
    Chelsy Durbin of St. Elmo was named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at McKendree University in Lebanon.


    Durbin is the daughter of Charlie and Nancy Durbin of St. Elmo and is a 2008 graduate of St. Elmo High School.
    To earn dean's list honors, McKendree students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4 scale.

  • Rebbe among LLC students honored

    Several Lake Land College Honors Program students were recognized recently at the annual honors luncheon.

  • College Graduate

    SIUE
    Tina Ashdown of Vandalia, second from right, graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010.

  • KC Respiratory Therapy Graduates

    Kaskaskia College recently held its respiratory therapy pinning ceremony in the Lifelong Learning Center. Pictured above are the graduates.

  • Church Briefs

    Blood drive Aug. 9 at Liberty Christian
    A blood drive will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Liberty Christian Church from 2:30-6:30 p.m.
    Donors are entered in a drawing to win a $250 weekly gas card, and will be entered in a car giveaway sweepstakes.
    Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org. Use the Liberty Christian code to schedule your appointmnent.
    All donors must present a photo identification.

    All-church garage sale planned at Liberty

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Pat Rhodes
     In my Evergreen Outreach article last month, I believe I was complaining about all of the rain we were having. Don’t you wish we could have a little of that rain now? Every time I am out in the heat, I thank God that I can go home to a cool house.