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Today's News

  • Lawson reunion is planned

    Several months ago, two members of the Lawson family began researching their family history on ancestry.com from different areas in the United States.
    Through the wonders of the Internet and Facebook, they have connected and would like to connect with more of the extended family.
    Based on what family members have learned, they probably have relatives in each of the 50 states.
    Therefore, there will be a Lawson family reunion, on Saturday, July 28, at St. James Lutheran Church, located at 727 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.

  • In Uniform

    PFC Kristin R. Davison
    PFC Kristin R. Davison entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 2011, and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. on Oct. 20, 2011.

  • Church Briefs

    St. James, Zion to hold service at lake

    St. James Lutheran and Zion Lutheran churches will hold a joint service at Vandalia Lake on Sunday, June 24.
    The 10:30 a.m. service will be held at the Lions Pavilion, and will be followed by a potluck meal.
    Participants are asked to bring a covered dish and table service.

    Lesters' concert set for Fourth of July

    The Lesters of St. Louis will appear in concert at the Fourth of July  celebration at Lake Hillsboro. They will perform at 8 p.m.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    The program manager for this outreach meeting was Beverly Hood. She introduced singers Judy Varga and Randy Schukar, who would perform later.
    The refreshments of cookies and tea were provided by Retha Burnam and Priscilla Roeder. Bernie Ray played the piano while everyone enjoyed their refreshments and visited; with 10 tables full of people visiting and catching up from last week, it does take a while to catch up on things.

  • What does it take to be a great Christian?

    What does it take to be great?

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Awww, a Cute, Little, New puppy…

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Daughter
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday, they took a tour of Purina Farms and finished the day shopping in Chesterfield.
    On Sunday, they attended a fish fry hosted by the uncle of Nathan Jacquin to celebrate Mahala’s birthday.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 121. Acolyte was Logan Lotz.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 20
    • The Artworks Gallery Amateur Town and Country Art and Professional Art Show that started June 16 will continue through this Sunday at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
    Thursday, June 21
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school Class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • June wheat update

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Crop Production Report.
    State and national highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS
    The Illinois wheat yield for the 2012 crop is estimated to average 61 bushels per acre, based on the June 1 surveys, down one bushel from the May 1 forecast, but the same as last year.
    Total production would be 38.4 million bushels, a decrease of 18 percent from the 2011 production of 46.7 million bushels.

  • FSA accepts 3.9 million acres for CRP

    Scherrie V. Giamanco, USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, announced last week that 2,276 CRP offers – which include 52,190 acres – were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup.  
    Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres, bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres.
    “For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Illinois while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state,” Giamanco said.