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Today's News

  • Sign-up now underway for SURE program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced that signup is underway for 2012 cr-op losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program.
    The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility for producers suffering crop losses caused by natural disasters occurring through Sept. 30, 2011, for crops intended for 2012 harvest.

  • FSA county nominations now accepted

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that nominations for local Farm Service Agency county committees are now being accepted.
    “County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Vilsack said.
    “I hope that every eligible farmer and rancher will participate in this year’s county committee elections.
    “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice; their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs.

  • Jarod Maske earns State FFA Degree

    During the 86th annual FFA State Convention in Springfield on June 12, Jarod D. L. Maske of Ramsey took the stage to receive the State FFA Degree.

  • Women of St. James Lutheran again feed Jordan group cyclists

    For the third consecutive year, the women at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandalia provided an evening meal for the 70 bike riders and support staff participating in “Journey for Jordan.”

  • St. Elmo HS class of 1954 holds its 60-year reunion

    The St. Elmo High School class of 1954 met for lunch at Good Old Days Banquet Hall on Saturday, May 24, for its 60-year class reunion.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter, traveled to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to attend the seventh birthday party of grandson Dru Eller on Saturday.
    They spent the weekend at the home of Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau.
    Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo., also joined them.  
    Visits Parents
    Keri, Elijah, and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., spent the weekend with her parents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.  
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Tolerating Heat Well
    The last few days have been hot and steamy, but all of the critters seem to be doing fine. The outside ones (Katie, the doggie and Betsy and her Long Horn family) don’t seem to be acting any different. They are hitting the waterin’ hole (tank) fairly often, but we keep the water flowing in the tank regularly, so, no problem.
    The Longhorns still have the energy to run and stampede across the pasture to the fence to watch the garbage truck on the Friday morning pickups every month.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.\

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings were born and reared in Vandalia.

  • Jerauld wrote of life here in the 1850s

    In a letter dated April 9, 1914, Sarah McAfee Jerauld responded to a request by the editor of The Vandalia Union to write of her experiences for the anniversary issue of the newspaper.
    She wrote, “When I moved to Vandalia in March 1852, there was not a foot of brick pavement in town and only 10 brick houses.