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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dunaway of New Palestine, Ind., formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 3.

  • Wedding

    Katie Schumacher and Mitchel Casey, both of Rancho Cucmonga, Calif., were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2011, at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Sigel, with the Rev. Bud DeGrand officiating.

  • School Menus

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, Feb. 20 – No school.
    Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Cereal, toast juice and milk.
    Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Sausage gravy/biscuit, juice and milk.
    Thursday, Feb. 23 – Cinnamon bun, cereal, fruit and milk.
    Friday, Feb. 23 – Belgian waffle stix, juice and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, Feb. 20 – No school.
    Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Chicken fillet strips, mashed potatoes, green beans, cherry pastry bread and milk. (J.H.) Meat loaf.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Cameron M. Keppler, 19, 1403 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 13 for failure to appear in Jackson County court on an ordinance violation. Bond was $3,000.
    • Amie J. Shewmake, 29, RR 1, St. Peter, was arrested on Feb. 13 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.
    • Eathan P. Anderson, 22, Lafayette, Ind., was arrested on Feb. 11 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Congratulations
    Congratulations to Brett Harmeier for being named to an area all-star basketball team.
    His team will be playing a team made up of players from the Oil Belt Conference at Odin Jr./Sr. High School on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
    The area all-stars are made up of players from surrounding schools that are not part of the Oil Belt Conference. Brett is the son of Dan and Kari Harmeier of St. Peter and a student at St. Peter Lutheran School.
    Attend Birthday Celebration

  • Frogtown News

    Congratulations
    Congratulations to Brett Harmeier for being named to an area all-star basketball team.
    His team will be playing a team made up of players from the Oil Belt Conference at Odin Jr./Sr. High School on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
    The area all-stars are made up of players from surrounding schools that are not part of the Oil Belt Conference. Brett is the son of Dan and Kari Harmeier of St. Peter and a student at St. Peter Lutheran School.
    Attend Birthday Celebration

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Feb. 16
    • University of Illinois Soil and Water Management Seminar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Effingham County Extension Office.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • The St. Elmo post-prom committee will have a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at Culver’s in Effingham.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, Feb. 18

  • State, U.S. cattle are at record lows

    The total number of cattle and calves in Illinois on Jan. 1 was 1.07 million head, which is 3 percent below last year's total, and the lowest cattle inventory on record for the state.
    Beef cow inventory was down 6 percent from 2011, to 331,000, while milk cows were up 1 percent, to 99,000.
    Nationally, the number of cattle and calves was also down. As of Jan. 1, the number of cattle and calves was 90.8 million head, 2 percent below the 92.7 million recorded on Jan. 1, 2011.

  • Loan opportunities expand to help beginning farmers

    Expanding loan opportunities to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers is the goal of a program recently introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Illinois Farm Service Agency.
    "U.S.D.A. continues to find ways to improve our services for farmers and ranchers by streamlining processes, accelerating delivery and using innovative solutions to 21st century agricultural issues," said Scherrie Giamanco, Illinois FSA executive director.

  • Farm Briefs

    Woolsey Brothers dinner is March 1
    Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply will be holding its annual customer appreciation dinner on Thursday, March 1.
    The event will include a meal  and entertainment by country music Moe Bandy. Two times are being offered for the event – one at noon and one at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Crawford Hale American Legion Home.
    Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply has been hosting events for its customers for 51 years.

    Illinois Beef Expo to run Feb. 23-26