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Today's News

  • Engagement

    Carolyn Taylor of Vandalia and Gordon Thacker of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John “Red” Jennings of Louisville, Ky., formerly of the Fayette County area, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 30.


    John Jennings of Beecher City and Sharon Ernest of St. Elmo were married on July 30, 1962.
    They have two daughters: Tammy and her husband Kenny, and Lisa and her husband David, both of Louisville, Ky.; and two granddaughters, Sarah and Macie.
    A card shower is being held to celebrate the anniversary. Cards may be sent to: 8515 Eula Road, Louisville, Ky. 40219.

  • Church Briefs

    Crown Point to hold VBS next week

    Crown Point Church will host Vacation Bible School next Monday through Saturday from 6-8:15 p.m. daily.
    Under the theme of "Amazing Desert Journey – Where Jesus Leads Us Home," the program is open to children from the ages of 3 to 12. Activities include Bible lessons, music, crafts, recreation and snacks.
    The Saturday session will be a family night, which includes a picnic meal and activities for the children. It also begins at 6 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    If you’ve been suffering from the heat wave and drought, you should have come to Evergreen Outreach this week at Fayette County Hospital. We were all most abundantly refreshed and rewarded.
    Beverly Hood started the program, while we passed out cookies from Pam Baker – wonderful chocolate chip cookies that were slightly warm. Yum! And if that wasn’t enough goodness, Phyllis Thoman was tickling the ivory keys, producing beautiful notes to cheer us all up.

  • 'How much does it cost?' With sin, the price is high

    Don’t you just love cell phone commercials? For $29.99 a month,  you, too, can become a member of the modern-day communication community! I will never understand the 99-cent concept – just add the penny and round it off – be honest and make it $30!

  • Farm Briefs

    FB crop survey to be held on Aug. 9

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday, Aug. 9.
    At that time, the Farm Bureau will be sending out teams throughout the county to assess the progress of area crops. The teams will include farmers, bankers, members of the media and those involved in agribusiness.
    The day will conclude with a steak dinner cookout and the presentation of a market outlook report at the Farm Bureau office, located at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

  • Hot, dry conditions take heavy toll on area crops

    The hot, dry weather continued to prevail over much of the state again this week, with a few areas experiencing spotty showers.
    Statewide temperatures averaged 78.2 degrees, 1.8 above normal. Precipitation averaged .53 inches across the state, .31 inches below normal.
    Topsoil moisture continued to worsen, and was rated at 73 percent very short, 25 percent short and 2 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture also continued to be a concern, rated 70 percent very short, 26 percent short and 4 percent adequate.

  • Farmers urged to report losses to USDA's FSA

    Grain farmers are reminded to report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event, said Scherrie Giamanco, state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
    "Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed and could not be harvested because of a disaster-related condition," Giamanco said. "In order to meet FSA program eligibility requirements, producers must report failed acreage to the county FSA office before disposition of the crop.

  • Dought discussion meeting set for Aug. 1

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a "Drought Condition and Crop Insurance Discussion" for area farmers on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy LongHorn & Cattle Family Doing Well …
    … in spite of the lack of rain and resulting condition of their Homestead pasture.
    The rain we were blessed with last week helped put a little more green in it, but it still looks parched.
    However, the Longhorns, unlike some of the other breeds, actually like the prickly weeds and dried stuff that most other cattle don’t eat.
    But, we didn’t want them to be hungry, so we visited Preacher Pete and brought a load of nice hay back to them.