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Today's News

  • CRP land is released for hay, grazing

     Illinois livestock producers this week received additional drought relief as USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack authorized the release of emergency haying and grazing for all Illinois counties for certain practices and acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
    The grazing can begin Aug. 2, outside the primary nesting season for wildlife. The decision was based upon the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • Heat Wave Continues

    Parched corn plants are silhouetted against the afternoon sun in a field west of Vandalia.

    Area crops continue to deteriorate as the hot, dry conditions persist.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken several decades ago in front of the former Steinhauer Grocery Store on Sixth Street in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia held a reception to welcome its first city administrator, Ron Niebert. The reception gave residents a chance to meet Neibert and his family.
    The Illinois legislature approved a new law dropping the legal intoxication limit for drivers from 1.0 to 0.8.
    The country band BR5-49 was the main attraction at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    20 Years Ago

  • Ramsey still has a Lustron home

    Considered an icon of the post-World War II conception of the American Dream, the Lustron home has its place on the National Register.

  • Recycling program is moving forward

    Fayette County’s baby steps toward having a legitimate recycling program recently received a major boost when FAYCO Enterprises recently announced its plans to purchase a building that will add significant credibility – and a lot of space – to its recycling effort.
    Officials with the sheltered workshop for mentally handicapped individuals have purchased a vacant 14,000-square-foot manufacturing building on Vandalia’s north side and plan to greatly expand the recycling program.

  • Brownstown HS class of '62 holds a reunion weekend

    The Brownstown High School class of 1962 held its 50-year class reunion on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters hitting the Waterin’ Hole Hard…
    (or actually, the water tanks), as the grass gets browner, the air gets drier and hotter. The “cowgirls” – Betsy, Geneva (the Bartels girl), “Red” and the two youngsters – are really hitting the waterin’ hole frequently, keeping Papa Bear Bill busy refilling it.
    They are also already supplementing their diet with hay, as the pickin’s are just too lean in their pasture now, but they seem to be doing well.

  • Frogtown News

    Out of Hospital
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was released from St. Anthony’s hospital on Tuesday of last week.
    She is now living at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter left on Thursday of last week and went to Hartville, Ohio, to the Hartville flea market.
    They also visited several flea markets and wineries in Sugarcreek, Ohio. They returned home on Sunday.
    Weekend Visit

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Aug. 2
    • Registration for elementary and jr.-sr. high school, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.