Today's News

  • College Graduate

    Indiana University
    School of Optometry

    Micah A. Jahraus Brasel of Vandalia has graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry on May 7.
    Brasel was one of 68 students to receive a doctor of optometry degree after completing the four-year optometry program.
    She is the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Jahraus.
    She received her biological medicine degree with a minor in chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2005 and is as a 2002 graduate from South Central High School..

  • School Menus

    Monday, Aug. 23 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Aug. 24 – Pancake w/syrup.
    Wednesday, Aug. 25 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Aug. 26 – Biscuit and gravy.   
    Friday, Aug. 27 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    • Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, Aug. 23 – Corn dogs, baked beans, corn chips, mixed fruit and milk.    

  • Head Start seeking book donations, volunteers

    In preparation for the upcoming school year, CEFS Head Start is introducing “The Book Project” to replenish the dwindling supply of tattered and worn out books in the Head Start lending libraries.
    Offered in every Head Start classroom and each Early Head Start region, the lending library gives children the opportunity to take books home and share with their families.
    Currently, Head Start’s book supply contains only a few books, many in terrible condition.

  • Vandalia Schools Foundation plans Homecoming activities

    The Vandalia Community Schools Foundation is making plans for Homecoming weekend at Vandalia Community High School, Sept. 24-26. The weekend activities include the annual alumni banquet and an alumni golf outing.
    The Homecoming weekend agenda includes:
    Friday, Sept 24
    • 7 p.m. – Homecoming football game, with special seating for all alumni and their families. A tailgate will offer hot dogs, chips and drinks.
    Saturday, Sept. 25
    • 9 a.m. – Alumni Golf Outing.

  • VCHS Class of 1965 Reunion

  • 'Farmer image' campaign

    New  consumer research by a coalition of farm organizations confirms that Illinois consumers care about who produces their food, but are misinformed about the family farmers who really grow and raise the majority of food produced in Illinois.
    Extensive research from April to July showed the Illinois farmer is still held in substantial esteem by the public. But research also showed consumers have reduced trust in modern farming techniques and profound doubts about how their food is produced.    

  • Farm Bureau identifies key ag issues

    The resolutions committee of the Illinois Farm Bureau met July 7-8 in Bloomington to consider a number of policy proposals that had been submitted by county farm bureaus.
    Serving on the resolutions is Ken Cripe, president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
    Among the issues being considered are those relating to labor, agriculture education, renewable fuels and utilities. All of the committee's actions will be forwarded to county farm bureaus for their input and consideration.

  • Crop yield estimates

    The 2010 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 180 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year’s yield and equal to the record yield set in 2004.
    Production of corn for grain would be 2.23 billion bushels, up 9 percent from 2009. Favorable conditions led to very early planting dates, followed by generally good growing weather with mostly adequate rainfall, although temperatures were excessive.

  • Farm Briefs

    County crop survey will be held Aug. 31

    Fayette County Farm Bureau will host its annual crop survey on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

    On that day, teams composed of farmers, bankers, agribusiness workers and the media will be dispatched throughout the county to check on the progress of area corn and soybean crops.

    This year, the survey will begin with a breakfast at the Vandalia Country Club at 8:30 a.m. The survey itself will last   two to three hours.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Aug 19, 2010

    By Pat Rhodes

    Monday was one of the most pleasant days we have had in several weeks. The high temperature for the day was only 86 degrees, a cold wave compared to what we have had here lately.
    Evergreen Outreach has been meeting at Fayette County Long Term Care this summer, and will continue to do so for the rest of this month while renovations to First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall are completed.