Today's News

  • Card Showers

    Wilbert Schroeder
    Wilbert Schroeder of Shobonier will celebrate his 85th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 3.
    Cards may be sent to him at: R.R. 1 Box 124, St. Peter, Ill. 62880.

  • Births-Sept. 30, 2010

    Clair Elizabeth Martin
    Jason and Laura Martin of Powhaton, Va., are the parents of a girl born on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. She was named Clair Elizabeth.
    She has one brother, 3-year-old Luke.
    Grandparents are Woody and Marilyn Fisher of Amelia, Va. Great-grandmother is Lucille Fisher of Brownstown.

  • Reunions

    Hunter Reunion
    The descendants of Benjamin and Millie Hunter held their family reunion on Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Lions Club pavilion at Vandalia Lake, with more than 100 in attendance.
    Bill Oliver asked the blessing before the noon meal.

  • Krutsinger – White

    Brittany Krutsinger of Kinmundy and Cameron White of Vandalia were united in marriage on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Roger Grimmett officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Kim and Daniel Cousineau of Kinmundy, and Michael Krutsinger of Mt. Vernon.
    She chose her friend, Leah Lane, as her maid of honor, and the groom’s sister, Keely Burns, as her matron of honor.
    Bridesmaids were Tiffany Robison, cousin of the bride; and Sarah Webster and Ashley Wooden, friends of the bride.

  • Swofford – 50 Years

    Harold and Judy LaDuke Swofford of Pittsburg will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club.
    They have three children: Kathy, Curt and Sandy; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Those attending are welcome to stay after the party and purchase their dinner at the country club.


  • Harvest continues

    Rains fell heaviest across the northern half of the state last week and slowed soybean harvest. But statewide, the corn harvest continued with little interruption.
    The unseasonably warm weather and breezy conditions helped dry fields out quickly after the rain showers moved through.
    Temperatures across the state were 7-9 degrees above normal for the week, and precipitation averaged .9 inch statewide, only slightly above normal.
    There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • FFA chapter busy in summer months

    The Vandalia FFA chapter has been active in many activities in recent months.
    Levi Ulmer, Jacob Rau, Bradley Jenner, Nate Elam and adviser Todd Ehlers attended the 82nd annual Illinois state FFA convention. At that event, the chapter was recognized with three awards:  the Silver Emblem Chapter award, the $1,000 FFA Foundation Sponsor award and the Century Challenge award.

  • Ready for Harvest

    Though some of the northern parts of the state received rain showers last week, Fayette County farmers were able to continue their harvest activities. Officials say that more than half of the corn has now been harvested, and many producers have started on soybeans. This year's harvest has gone much better than last year, when persistent rains delayed planting in the spring and hampered harvest activities in the fall.

  • Area farmers eligible for flooding loans

    Family farmers in 55 Illinois counties  – including Fayette – are now eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans due to physical and production losses caused by excessive rain, flooding and flash flooding that occurred after April 1 this spring.
    In addition, with a qualifying loss, the designation makes producers eligible for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE).

  • Brownstown-Sefton News-Sept. 30, 2010

    By Panzi Blackwell