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Today's News

  • Cearlock – 35 Years

    David and Debra Cearlock celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
    David and the former Debra Goodin were married on Feb. 14, 1976, at First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    He is the son of the late Dewayne and Norma Cearlock of Vandalia. She is the daughter of Howard and Nelda Goodin of Mulberry Grove.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Angela and her husband Christopher Smith of Vandalia, and Staci and her husband Curtis Hampton of Greenville.

  • Signup to begin March 1 for land to go into CRP

    Signup will begin on March 14 and continue through April 15 for the Conservation Reserve Program.

  • NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace to be advocate for farmers, renewable fuels

    A multi-state coalition of farmers and agribusinesses announced this week their promotional partnership with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kenny Wallace, who will serve as a spokesman for family farmers and renewable fuels for the entire 2011 racing season.
    The agreement also makes family farmers the primary sponsor of RAB Racing’s No. 09 Toyota Camry, driven by Wallace, at five races this season, with the first at Phoenix International Raceway on Feb. 26.

  • Nelson testifies on EPA's greenhouse gas reg plans

    Philip Nelson, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, last week testified on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for “stationary,” or non-transportation-related sources under the Clean Air Act.  The testimony took place before the House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • Vandalia FFA'ers attend conference

    Members of the Vandalia FFA Chapter attended the national FFA organization’s 212 Degree conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville on Jan. 28-29. Members in attendance from Vandalia included Brad Jenner, Jacob Rau and Nate Elam.
    The two-day personal development program helped students determine personal virtues and values, while creating personal action plans for achieving their goals. The conference also focused on good decision-making and accountability.

  • Illinois, U.S. farm report

    ILLINOIS
    Cattle and calves
    The total number of cattle and calves in Illinois on Jan. 1 was 1.1 million head, 6 percent below last year’s total. This is the lowest cattle inventory on record for Illinois.
    Beef cow inventory was down 10 percent from 2010 to 352,000, while milk cows were down 3 percent to 98,000. This information is based on a recent cattle survey conducted by the Illinois office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
    Milk production

  • Area Girls Basketball Scoring Leaders (Feb. 17)
  • Community Calendar-Feb. 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 17

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 19

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (Feb. 17)
  • Cub Scout Pack 315 Pinewood Derby winners