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Today's News

  • Fayette County Speedway: Close battles highlight week 2

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    Week No. 2 at Fayette County Speedway is in the record books, with several great battles on the track all night long last Friday.

    The UMP modified division was a dogfight all night, ending in heartbreak for some and a victory for only one driver.

    The night started fast, with an outstanding duel in heat No. 1 between front row starters Michael Meyer and Craig Kern. The race quickly became an all-out battle, with Meyer edging Kern for the win.

  • Murder for hire charge dismissed; guilty plea for disorderly conduct

    A murder for hire case was closed on Tuesday afternoon with the defendant in that case being found guilty of disorderly conduct in a bench trial.

    Mark Fulk, who has been in Fayette County Jail for 383 days since being charged with trying to arrange for the murder of his wife, was released from custody after Tuesday afternoon's hearing.

    Fulk was placed on probation for 30 months after Judge J. Marc Kelly found him guilty of a Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct.

  • Church Briefs

    Sunrise service, breakfast on Sunday at St. James Lutheran

    St. James Lutheran will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday.
    Following the service, a breakfast will be served.
    The church is located at 727 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia.
    For more information, call the church at 283-0725.

    Easter morning schedule is announced by Bethel Baptist

    Bethel Baptist Church will hold a full morning of activities this  Sunday as it observes Easter.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    Yes! Yes! We had a leader today – the Rev. Jim Fackler! Yes! Yes! We had a pianist today – Donna Smith! Today our meeting went very well and on time. Our entertainer was Bob Langley and his guitar – more about him later. We missed our Vandalia Long Term Care friends. Where were you?
    We started out singing our special greeting and welcome songs as refreshments were served.

  • In spiritual matters, the king can always move

    “Check Mate” is a famous painting of a chess game that, to the casual observer, leaves its audience walking away from it with a feeling of defeat.

  • National Day of Prayer breakfast set for May 1

    Under the theme of "Many Voices United in Prayer," the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will host a series of prayer meetings in preparation for a breakfast on the National Day of Prayer.
    That breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 7 a.m. at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home in Vandalia. Speaker for the event will be Staci Carroll, a member of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Heavy rains, cool temps halt fieldwork in state

    Severe storms and heavy rainfall continued throughout the state last week.

  • Corn Impact

    The difference in corn prices between 2012 and 2013 means a nearly $7.5 billion loss to the Illinois economy.
    Data resulting from an analysis conducted by Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs clearly illustrate the close tie between a strong corn industry and economic activity across the state of Illinois.
    “When corn prices are strong, the impacts are felt statewide,” said Gary Hudson, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) president.

  • Doing battle with soybean cyst nematode

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale is helping Midwest soybean farmers combat a parasitic roundworm – the soybean cyst nematode, sometimes referred to as the “billion dollar pest.” And they are using the soybean itself to do it.

  • Waiting on the Weather

    Though area farmers got in a little fieldwork before the rains returned, much of that work came to a halt last week when heavy rains hit the area.

    This tractor and tillage equipment sits stranded in a soggy field north of Vandalia. Very little of the state's corn has been planted.