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Today's News

  • Lessons from 2011

    By Dennis Bowman
    Champaign Extension Center

    What can we learn from the 2011 crop and season?
    It has been a year of extremes, a very wet April started the crop season, and – depending on your location – it stayed wet, got almost normal or turned into a blistering drought.
    The northern part of the state was wet throughout the season. The western and southern parts of the state were somewhat closer to normal. The central part of the state was hit with what has been meteorologically referred to as a moderate drought.

  • Harvest continues at a rapid pace... until rains arrive

    Temperatures decreased 3.1 degrees from the previous week to an average of 60.6 degrees, but still remained nearly 5 degrees above normal for the time period.
    Precipitation averaged 0.68 inches across the state, with a high of 0.9 inches being reported in the East Southeast district and a low of 0.4 inches in the West Southwest district. Normally, rainfall equals 0.51 inches for the time period.
    An average of 5.6 days suitable for field work was reported for the week.

  • Former Otego supervisor charged with theft

    A former Otego Township supervisor has been charged with stealing a large amount of money from the township.

    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed last Thursday two counts of theft and one count of official misconduct against Rodney L. Deal.

    Deal, 55, has been charged with a Class 1 felony for allegedly taking between $100,000 and $500,000 from the township.

  • Fire Prevention Presentations

    Members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department visited local schools during Fire Prevention Week last week to teach children about fire safety.

    Above, members of a Head Start class in Vandalia are shown with VVFD Chief Ed Taylor Jr. (right) and firefighter Sam Flowers.

  • Births Oct. 20, 2011

    Christine Ann Reneé Snider
    Reneé Snider and Scott Hull are the parents of a girl born at 12:38 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2011.

  • Marriage Licenses-Oct. 20, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:
    Kenneth Douglas Fleener
    Decatur
    Deborah Sue Allen
    Decatur
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    Dalton Glenn Patterson
    Vandalia
    Ashley Anne Dalton
    Vandalia
     

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Sept. 29 for its monthly meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    There were 25 members present, as well as two guests, Kenneth and Angie Hagen from Shelbyville.
    Following the pledge to the flag, Brock Fisher gave the meal prayer. After the meal, President Dean Black called the meeting to order, the secretary and treasurer report was given and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for September were read.

  • Riedle-Knoche

    Mary Riedle and Dave Knoche have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Roberts-Windler

    Sarah Roberts of Vandalia and Scott Windler of St. Charles, Mo., were united in marriage on Friday, July 23, 2010, at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters, Mo., with the Rev. Andrew Erickson performing the outdoor ceremony.

  • Moyer - 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. John Moyer of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Sunday.