Today's News

  • The Next Level: Graduated athlete roundup (June 26)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

  • A sign of the times

    Brownstown’s emergency responders have undertaken a project that will help them to better serve the residents of that area.

  • Major I-70 project

    Illinois’ governor is scheduled to announce on Thursday a major road project in Fayette County.
    The office of Gov. Pat Quinn said on Wednesday that the governor will announce capital investments of more than $19.6 million to build two new Interstate 70 bridges over the Kaskaskia River near Vandalia.
    Funded the governor’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” program, Quinn said that the project is part of his commitment to creating jobs and improving the state’s economy.”

  • VFOD men's slo-pitch softball (June 23)

    Monday, June 23

    Patoka Fire Dept. 9, BCH Auto Detailing 8

    BCH 7, Patoka 5

    Roger Craig Welding 15, Montgomery 13

  • Fire causes significant damage to home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature caused significant damage to a Vandalia home on Monday afternoon.

  • PHOTO: Tumblers are state champions

    Ryenne Edwards (left) and Lauren Kaiser recently won state championships for Triple A Tumbling.



  • Soil moisture levels are beginning to fall

    Soil moisture levels are falling from the highs seen last week due to storms across the state, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
    Rains last week caused increases in soil moisture levels across the state. On June 11, statewide levels at 2 inches averaged 0.36 water fraction by volume, the field capacity of most of the soils monitored.

  • Soybean planting ahead of five-year average

    National Agriculture Statistics Service
    Scattered rainfall continued throughout the state last week as temperatures fell to an average of 66.1 degrees, 5.4 degrees below normal.
    Operators continued to spray herbicides and cut hay as weather permitted.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 1.27 inches, 0.30 inches above normal. There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 15.
    Soybeans planted reached 94 percent, ahead of the five-year average of 89 percent.

  • New study on ethanol production

    A new study finds that increased corn yields and more efficient use of corn ethanol co-products will greatly decrease land needed for ethanol production, flying in the face of conventional anti-ethanol criticisms.
    The research indicates crop land attributable to ethanol production will drop from the current 25 percent to as little as 11 percent of U.S. corn acres.

  • Agrichemical container collection dates released

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers.
    The department announced last week it has arranged to recycle them.   
    Beginning in late July, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and recycle them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.