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Today's News

  • Area high schools hold graduation ceremonies
  • New admission process for KC nursing program

    Students applying for admission to the nursing program at Kaskaskia College for the spring 2015 semester will be using a new admission process.
    The new admission process will use test results attained on the Test of Essential Academic Skills as the basis for admission to the nursing program.
    The test was created by ATI Nursing Education, which is part of Ascend Learning and is currently being used by 2,100 colleges and universities across the country to provide technology-based assessment solutions for healthcare education.

  • Summer classes offered at KC Vandalia Campus

    Registration for classes for the 2014 Summer Semester at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus is now in progress and applications are still being accepted.
    Students can apply at www.kaskaskia.edu and click on “Apply Now.”

  • Church Briefs

    'Sons of the Father' to perform Sunday

    A musical group from West Frankfort called "Sons of the Father" will present a concert this Sunday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.  

    Bethel Baptist VBS is set for June 9-13

    A Vacation Bible School program titled "Discover, Decide, Defend" will be held Monday through Friday, June 9-13, at Bethel Baptist Church from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly.
    Parents' night will be on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

  • Our churches need some 'Tango Mike Mikes'

    Monday was Memorial Day – a day off work for many and  no school for the kids. Even the YMCA was closed, so we all had an excuse to be lazy. And now that Memorial Day is over, our thoughts shift to the approaching summer.

  • USDA set to survey farmers about '14 crops

    During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys – the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey 4,000 producers in Illinois to determine crop production and supply levels in 2014.

  • Water Resources Act

    Illinois agriculture groups and officials applauded the passage last week of legislation that would authorize major renovations of the locks and dams on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio rivers.
    The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate both approval the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA). The house voted on the bill on May 20, passing it by a 412-4 margin. The Senate then approved the bill on May 22 by a vote of 91-7.

  • Corn planting 95 percent done, soybeans 64 percent

    Warm temperatures allowed soybean planting to reach 64 percent complete, 28 percentage points above the previous week.
    Other activities included spraying chemicals and cutting hay.
    There were scattered storms throughout the state, including some hail in the Northwest. But overall, conditions were warm and humid. Statewide precipitation averaged 0.19 inches, 0.74 inches below normal.
    Temperatures averaged 67.1 degrees, 1.7 degrees above normal. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Cornrow Creations

    Emerging corn plants in this field south of Hagarstown form a wavelike pattern as the rows follow the contours of the field. State statistics indicate that Illinois farmers are 95 percent complete with corn planting and 64 percent complete with soybean planting.  

  • Fiscus picked to attend Boys State

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia has chosen Ryan Fiscus, a junior at Vandalia Community High School, to attend Illinois’ annual Premier Boys State.