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Today's News

  • Break in weather allows state's farmers to make planting strides

    Temperatures were above normal with a statewide average of 66.6 degrees. The average for the time period is 61.7 degrees.
    Rains resumed toward the end of the week for an average of 1.09 inches statewide. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches.
    The number of days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus.
    With higher temperatures and dry weather for the majority of the week, planting was in full swing, even though some acres were being replanted.

  • Crop report predicts rise in wheat, hay

    Winter Wheat
    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 61 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1. That is five bushels above last year’s yield.
    If this yield is realized, total production would be 44.5 million bushels, more than two and a half times last year’s production. Farmers seeded 760,000 acres to winter wheat last fall,  and expect to harvest 730,000 acres for grain.
    This compares to 330,000 acres seeded and 295,000 acres harvested in 2010.

  • In The Fields...Again

    Larry Osborne swings around to begin another trip down the field as he plants corn in the Shafter area northwest of Vandalia on Tuesday.

    Some area farmers are getting back into the fields after last week's rains again delayed planting in the county. 

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 19, 2011

    • Matthew L. Mobley, 27, Peru, Ill., was arrested on May 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,000.
    • Mark E. Eaton, 47, Brighton, Tenn., was arrested on May 17 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on May 17 on charges of mob action and illegal consumption of alcohol. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Area Community Calendar-May 19, 2011

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, May 20

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 19, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: The Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball team from 1953-54. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Jerry Swarm, Brad Pryor, Mark Miller, Dan Hampton, Jim Brannon, Ron McKay and Larry Walton. In the back row are, from left, Coach Bill Schultz, Terry Brown, Bill Augenstein, Darrell Stokes, John Cole, Keith Cripe and Coach Jim Staff.

  • The Way We Were-May 19, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Marlys Hayner was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
    Jennifer Warden of Vandalia Community High School was awarded a volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
    Mandi Langston earned a dental hygienist degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
    Tony Eckhardt was trapped under an overturned tractor for about eight hours, digging himself out with a screwdriver and a lid from an insect repellent can.

  • Steinhauers left big impression on Fayette County

    Within the 20-year period between 1840 and 1860, five young men named Steinhauer settled in Vandalia.  They included Michael and Daniel, who were brothers, and Jacob, Frank and Fred, also brothers and nephews or cousins of Michael and Daniel.

  • City is making progress toward balanced budget

    One thing can be said for the city of Vandalia – it has always had as a priority maintaining its infrastructure and providing residents with an array of services.
    The same cannot be said about a number of other communities. For example, while the city of Vandalia can annually account for close to 100 percent of the water going through its water distribution system, another town in the region recently reported that it could not – due to aging infrastructure – account for about 40 percent of the water going through its system.

  • News Briefs_May 19, 2011

    Relay karaoke contest is next Thursday

     

    A Fayette County Relay for Life karaoke contest will be held next Thursday evening in Lincoln Park in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street. Registration begins at 6 p.m., and the entry fee is $10, with cash prizes to be awarded.

    Participants may call 425-3843 or 704-5293 to confirm song availability or they may provide their own karaoke CD.

    Seating is limited, so those planning to attend should take lawn chairs. Concessions will be available.