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Today's News

  • The Days of Lincoln
  • HARNER: Sudden success of Sr. Legion is not a surprise

    American Legion baseball exists in part to teach young men of this country the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship by participating in a sport supported by veterans.

    The Legion itself promotes these values on its website, but too many times, these values are forgotten when adults involved with the programs develop their own ulterior motives.

  • Effingham rallies to win Jr. Legion game

    VANDALIA – Two errors proved costly in the top of the seventh inning last Friday, as they helped Effingham score twice to take a 4-3 victory from Vandalia in District play.

    After a leadoff single in the seventh, an out was recorded when a sacrifice bunt turned into a fielder’s choice, but a pair of errors by third baseman Aaron Huber followed, the second leading to the tying run.

    A deep sacrifice fly in the next at-bat gave Effingham the winning run, and Post 120 followed with a 19-5 win in the second game to sweep the doubleheader.

  • Journey of Hope visits FAYCO Enterprises

    VANDALIA – Push America’s Journey of Hope cycling tour made its annual stop at FAYCO Enterprises in Vandalia on Monday afternoon, taking pictures with clients and learning about their daily activities.

    Members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapters throughout the country join forces on the west coast each summer and embark on a 4,000-mile cross-country cycling trip that ends in Washington, D.C., along the way raising money and awareness for those with disabilities.

  • Fayette County Royalty
  • PHOTOS: Challenger Sports soccer camp

    Matthew Higginson of Ireland began a week-long Challenger Sports camp for the Vandalia High School soccer team on Monday.

  • Wilberton Mutual Supports 4-H

    The board of directors of Wilberton Mutual Insurance Co. of St. Peter recently approved a $1,000 donation to the Fayette County Livestock Committee.

    "Wilberton Mutual  is committed to supporting 4-H and the youth it serves," said Charles Kruenegel, board president. In the above photo, Kathy Bray, secretary-treasurer of Wilberton Mutual, left, presents a check to Joan Schaal, Fayette County 4-H Livestock Committee member.

  • Illinois Forage Expo is this Thursday in M.G.

    The 2014 Illinois Forage Expo will be held this Thursday on the Tony Snow farm near Mulberry Grove. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.
    Snow's operation is a forage-based, intensive grazing dairy, which includes a 70-feet by 260-feet hoop shed compost barn, using cornstalks for bedding.

  • Wanted: Teachers for ag programs

    Illinois has more than 76,000 farms that cover more than 28 million acres of land. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s total land area is dedicated to farming.
    Because of that, and the role agriculture plays in the state’s economy, ag education plays a vital role in rural communities across the state.
    But education leaders say that there’s a severe shortage of ag teachers in Illinois.
    There are nearly 320 agriculture programs in high schools across Illinois, helping drive students to careers in ag-related business and science.

  • Precipitation above normal, temps down for past week

    Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the five-year average of 48 percent.
    Temperatures remained in the 70s, and precipitation was slightly above average for the state.
    Activities included spraying fungicide and insecticide.
    There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 13.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 1.37 inches, which was 0.61 inches above normal.
    The average temperature was 73.9 degrees, about 2.5 degrees below normal.