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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Census shows 2.1 million farms in U.S.

    There are now 3.2 million farmers operating 2.1 million farms on 914.5 million acres of farmland across the United States, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The agriculture census presents more than 6 million pieces of information, which provide a detailed look at the U.S. farm sector at the national, state and county levels.

  • Crops Getting Moisture

    Rains earlier this week built up soil moisture for this year's corn crop.

  • Students of the Year

    Sydney Austin and Nicholas Wollerman, eighth-graders at Vandalia Junior High School, are the recipients of the Student of the Year Award.

    This award is presented by the Temperance Lodge No. 16 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. The award is given in recognition of studious application and outstanding attainment. Austin and Wollerman each received a $100 monetary gift in recognition of their achievement. They are shown with VJHS Principal Brian Kern.

  • Foundation Scholarships

    Olivia Marquardt and Sydney Austin, eighth graders at Vandalia Junior High School, are the recipients of the 2014 Vandalia Scholars Program Scholarship.

  • Honor Roll

    VANDALIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Fourth Quarter

  • Kaskaskia College

    Mammography seminar on July 15
    Kaskaskia College will host a mammography seminar for mammographers from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, in the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus.
    The seminar is free to Kaskaskia College Radiology Program clinical instructors and $40 for all other mammographers and radiographers.

  • KC announce KICK classes in July

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College has announced the schedule for KICK classes to be held in July at the Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore Street.
    • Dodgeball – Students will learn to play the game of dodgeball. This class will be held at the Fayette County YMCA on Monday through Friday, July 7-11, from 9-10 a.m. The class is for students in grades 2-4, and the cost is $15. The registration number is CKICK 5419 VA01D.

  • Birthdays

    Cleo Smith
    Cleo Smith of Hagarstown will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Thursday, June 26.