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Today's News

  • Church Briefs Oct. 20, 2011

    St. James Lutheran resumes schedule

    St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia has resumed its regular fall worship schedule. Services will be held at 10 a.m.
    Because of the street construction in front of the church, worshipers are asked to park in the lot behind the church, which can be accessed from Eighth Street.

    Free photos offered at Bethel Baptist

  • Evergreen Outreach-Oct. 20, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    October, the transition month, heralds many special things and events.
    Pumpkins have appeared; apples are in abundance; leaves are flying in a downward dance; Halloween is approaching; and, of course, the World Series games are in full force.
    It is a wonderful time to enjoy the activities of Evergreen Outreach, and you would discover that you are having a great time each Monday afternoon.

  • How will you be remembered? Still time to change!

    A good pastor friend of mine brought the following story to my attention:
    It is said that one morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, picked up a paper and read an account of his death.

  • Corn, bean forecasts drop slightly in state

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s October Crop Production Report. Highlights of the report include:
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  • Lessons from 2011

    By Dennis Bowman
    Champaign Extension Center

    What can we learn from the 2011 crop and season?
    It has been a year of extremes, a very wet April started the crop season, and – depending on your location – it stayed wet, got almost normal or turned into a blistering drought.
    The northern part of the state was wet throughout the season. The western and southern parts of the state were somewhat closer to normal. The central part of the state was hit with what has been meteorologically referred to as a moderate drought.

  • Harvest continues at a rapid pace... until rains arrive

    Temperatures decreased 3.1 degrees from the previous week to an average of 60.6 degrees, but still remained nearly 5 degrees above normal for the time period.
    Precipitation averaged 0.68 inches across the state, with a high of 0.9 inches being reported in the East Southeast district and a low of 0.4 inches in the West Southwest district. Normally, rainfall equals 0.51 inches for the time period.
    An average of 5.6 days suitable for field work was reported for the week.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with theft

    A former Otego Township supervisor has been charged with stealing a large amount of money from the township.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed last Thursday two counts of theft and one count of official misconduct against Rodney L. Deal.

    Deal, 55, has been charged with a Class 1 felony for allegedly taking between $100,000 and $500,000 from the township.

  • Fire Prevention Presentations

    Members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department visited local schools during Fire Prevention Week last week to teach children about fire safety.

    Above, members of a Head Start class in Vandalia are shown with VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr. (right) and firefighter Sam Flowers.

  • Births Oct. 20, 2011

    Christine Ann Reneé Snider
    Reneé Snider and Scott Hull are the parents of a girl born at 12:38 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2011.

  • Marriage Licenses-Oct. 20, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:
    Kenneth Douglas Fleener
    Decatur
    Deborah Sue Allen
    Decatur
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    Dalton Glenn Patterson
    Vandalia
    Ashley Anne Dalton
    Vandalia