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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    A Heartwarming Sign of Spring Along the Lane
    As we were driving along our lane last Monday morning, we witnessed a sign of spring that was heartwarming.
    A mother longhorn cow had just given birth in neighbor Scott’s pasture. She was near the lane fence and had just delivered her baby, a cute little white calf with brown around its face.
    She was nuzzling and washing the baby and we stopped the car to watch the homey scene. However, when I got out of the car to take their picture, she stopped washing the baby to keep an eye on me.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 7
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • City moms tour Illinois farms to learn about ag

    Sixteen urban and suburban moms from the Chicago area recently toured a grain and pork farm in Sycamore as part of the Illinois Farm Families’ Field Mom program. The Field Moms are on a yearlong journey to learn more about their food from the farmers who grow it.

  • CRP signup begins May 20

    A four-week enrollment period for participation in the Conservation Reserve Program will be held from May 20 to June 14.
    During that time, farmers will apply to participate in the long-term program, which allows them to plant cover crops to protect environmentally vulnerable land.

  • Lambing Time

    It's the time of year for lambs to be born, and there are plenty of them on the Lynn Wollerman farm northwest of Vandalia.

    Wollerman's son, Austin, said that they have more than 115 lambs from the 85 Hampshire ewes that have lambed so far.

  • Church Briefs

    Mother of Dolors meal is March 17

    The annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held on Sunday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.
    The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, ham, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts and drinks.
    The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 and up and free for children ages 5 and under. Carryouts are available by calling 283-8738.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Mary Woolsey
    Beulah Brown welcomed everyone with the old greeting: "We’re all in our places with bright shiny faces." She has the wonderful gift of welcoming.
    We sang the "Outreach" and "Welcome" songs, and then sang "Happy Birthday" to Marge Tipsword, Donna Pruett, Tracy Stokes and Bill Whitehurst.
     It was good to see Bernie Ray back at the piano. She played some wonderful music,  including “You Belong to Me.”

  • Christians should be free from the fear of death

    All over the world and in every age, there has been a universal fear of death. Death is inevitable, and we know that all our lives.

  • Beekeepers meeting Saturday at KC

    The Tri-County Beekeepers Association and the Illinois Queen Initiative invites all fellow and potential beekeepers to enjoy a special presentation by Grant Gillard this Saturday, from 12:30-4 p.m., at Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
    Gillard is now a commercial beekeeper, author, speaker, pastor, husband and father.  He operates about 200 hives of honeybees in Southeast Missouri, near the town of Jackson.

  • Kaskaskia College

    Honoring 1963 graduates
    Kaskaskia College is looking for students in the graduating class of 1963.
    The college is planning a special recognition of those graduates at this year’s graduation ceremony, which is scheduled for Friday, May 17.
    Individuals who are 1963 graduates or who know of someone who graduated from that class are asked to contact Cheryl Boehne, director of admissions and registration, at 545-3184 or by e-mail, cboehne@kaskaskia.edu.
    The deadline to contact the school with the names of graduates is April 1.