Today's News

  • As we prepare for Easter, we must ask ourselves: 'Is our God big enough?'

    Some years ago, a man by the name of Henry Norris Russell, a noted astronomer from Princeton University, was giving a lecture on the vastness of space and the hugeness of the Milky Way galaxy.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    With open doors, Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church welcomed all visitors to our weekly meeting. We shared refreshments and caught up on what’s been going on. We sang our "Welcome" and meeting songs a-capella (unfortunately, as we were missing our piano player). We also sang "Happy Birthday" to Ilene Sidwell, Judy Vaughn, Karen DeZouche and Lucille Gebke.

  • Church Briefs

    Philbrick to be speaker at next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon

    Speaker for next Wednesday's Lenten Luncheon will be Walt Philbrick, a layman from First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He is the father of Matt Philbrick, youth pastor at First Baptist Church.
    The luncheon will be held at First United Methodist Church at noon.

    Financial Peace course offered at FUMC beginning this week

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Baptism and Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of their grandson, Aaron James Harpster, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday, March 30.
    Aaron’s godparents are Caleb Kline and Heidi Hunter.
    Following the baptism, a dinner/reception was held in the church fellowship hall. The second birthday of grandson Owen Harpster was also celebrated.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Little Josie’s Necessities of Life
    Lately, as I have been busier and busier with coming and goings, little Josie seems to be needing more and more one-on-one attention.
    As some of our readers will remember, Josie was the tiniest of a litter of four. She was so tiny that she reminded us of a little bit of left-over biscuit dough – you know, when it is just a scrap from the biscuit cutter, not really enough for another biscuit?
    Bill actually massaged her tiny little chest very gently to get her to breathe.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 10.
    • The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of God at 3002 Thrill Hill Road in Vandalia.
    Saturday, April 5
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Illinois: Corn acres down 1 percent, beans up 1 percent

    Illinois corn growers  intend to plant 11.9 million acres of corn in 2014, down 1 percent from 2013.
    Soybean planted area is expected to total 9.5 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year.
    Sorghum is expected to be planted in 30,000 acres, up 30 percent from 2013.
    Winter wheat area seeded last fall is estimated at 740,000 acres, down 15 percent from the previous year.
    The area planted to oats is expected to total 35,000 acres, down 12 percent from 2013.

  • Big year ahead for soybeans

    Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 81.5 million acres of soybeans in 2014, up 6 percent from last year and an all-time record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

  • Hitting the Fields – and the Roads

    With the arrival of warmer and dryer weather, farmers have been in the fields this past week doing tillage work and applying anhydrous ammonia.

    The beginning of fieldwork means that motorists will be more likely to encounter tractors as they move to the fields. Use caution, and give them plenty of room.

  • Cool spring temperatures continuing

    Early spring temperatures were cool throughout the state for the month of March.
    Many farmers were moving machinery out of storage and getting it ready for the season.
    Temperatures averaged 33.3 degrees, which is 7.6 degrees below normal.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 1.49 inches, 1.61 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 29 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.