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Today's News

  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.

  • Vernon man arrested after fatal altercation is released from jail

    A Vernon man who was arrested after a physical altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday afternoon that resulted in the death of a Centralia man was released from custody on Monday.
    According to a press release from Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel, Ric D. Cline, 27, sustained stab wounds during that altercation and later was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

  • Teen now faces six major charges

    The Farina teen who was arrested last week for fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home now faces six felony charges.
    Clifford W. Baker was arrested shortly after he allegedly shot Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Four additional counts were added on Monday, during Baker’s first appearance in court with his court-appointed attorney, Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter.

  • Man dies from injuries sustained in altercation

    A Fayette County man who was involved in an altercation in rural Patoka on Sunday died from injuries sustained in that fight.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel said in a press release issued Monday morning that Ric Cline, 27, was pronounced dead at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia on Sunday.

    Initial indications, Friedel said, are that Cline was the aggressor. "However, the investigation has not been completed, and no final decisions have been made regarding any possible charges in the future."

  • More charges filed against teen charged with murder

    Four additional charges were filed on Monday against a 15-year-old male arrested last week for the murder of a Loogootee couple in their home.

    At the arraignment hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday morning, Judge William Becker read the charges to Clifford W. Baker, who alleged murdered Mike Mahon and Deb Tish early last Wednesday morning.

  • CRP signup Wednesday at Days Inn

    Days Inn Hotel –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. Quail Forever will be hosting a Landowner Informational meeting at the Days Inn Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 11,at 5 p.m. to help answer questions about how to improve enrollment chances and wildlife values.

  • Hay testing needed due to wet spring

    Due to the wet weather this spring, farmers enrolled in the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) are being asked to have their hay crops tested.
    "There is a lot of 2010 hay that has suffered quality loss," said Scherrie V. Giamanco, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agnecy executive director.
    She said tests must be conducted for each cutting.
    FSA requires farmers who are enrolled in the SURE program to maintain written, verifiable evidence indicating both the quality loss and the production quantity loss.

  • IFB invites 4-Hers to showman event

    The 11th annual master showmanship contest, sponsored by the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be held next Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Junior Livestock Barn at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
    The master showmanship contest recognizes 4-H members who have excelled at showing animals in their county fairs.
    They are judged on their handling of each of three species of animals: beef, sheep and swine.
    Then they are quizzed by judges on their knowledge of animal husbandry and livestock production.

  • CRP signup open through Aug. 27

    The Fayette County Farm Service Agency will conduct a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup through Aug. 27.
    Producers with cropland not currently enrolled in CRP, or producers with CRP contracts expiring on Sept. 30, 2010, may submit offers.
    Land must have been planted, or considered planted four out of six crop years from 2002-2007.
    CRP contracts may be 10 or 15 years in length. Producers must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to Aug. 27, 2010. Recorded deeds will be required to prove ownership.

  • South Central FS partners with TGM in marketing pact

    South Central FS of Vandalia and Total Grain Marketing (TGM) of Effingham this week announced an agreement through  which South Central FS will join TGM, effective Aug. 31.
    TGM is a regional grain marketing venture, formed in 2006 by Effingham-Clay Service Co., Wabash Valley Service Co. and Growmark Inc. (the parent company of South Central FS).
    Byron Sikma, South Central FS general manager, said that joining TGM provides farmers greater access to grain markets.