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Today's News

  • Reznick wins top honors at Effingham art show

    A Vandalia woman was a top winner in an Effingham art show.
    Lynn Reznick won the Best Overall prize for “Winter’s Coming” in the 12th annual Juried Art Show held by the Effingham Art Guild and hosted by Bonutti Clinic.
    Reznick also won the top award in the landscapes category with “Rainy Road."v
    Twenty-two local artists entered 108 pieces of art in the contest. Bonutti Clinic, located at 1303 W. Evergreen Ave. in Effingham, displays art during its regular business hours.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    Twenty-six members and one guest traveled to Litchfield to Chinatown Restaurant for the monthly ExxonMobil Annuitants luncheon and meeting on Thursday, July 26.
    Following the pledge to the flag, a moment of silence was observed for Janie Appel, a member of the club who died on July 15. Dean Black gave the meal blessing.
    After the buffet, Black opened the meeting with a welcome. A guest present was Millie Brooks of Greenville.

  • Reunions

    Schroeder
    The Schroeder family reunion will be held this Sunday at the St. Peter American Legion Home, with a potluck dinner beginning at noon.
    All family members and friends are invited.
    For more information, call 322-8773.

    Finley
    The Finley family reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, with the time and place being changed.
    The reunion will be held at 1 p.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

    Haslett

  • Gaskins – Stein

    Holly Gaskins and Jared Stein, both of Texas, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Farm Heritage Days
  • High temps, no rain stress crops

    Above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation persisted last week, with reports of small, fast-moving showers throughout the state.
    Statewide temperatures averaged 81.6 degrees, 6.6 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation totaled 0.31 inches across the state, 0.53 inches below normal.
    Topsoil moisture was rated  85 percent very short and 15 percent short.
    Subsoil moisture was rated 86 percent very short and 14 percent short.
    Some producers reported concerns of spider mites, and are preparing to spray for them.

  • 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