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Today's News

  • Anniversary

    Bill and Iris Rademacher of Vandalia will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Bill Rademacher and the former Iris Brooks were married on Aug. 17, 1952, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the late Rev. Bill Henderson officiating.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve Rademacher and his wife Barb of Imperial, Mo.; David Rademacher and his wife Leann of Centralia; and Lea Ann and her husband Bruce Rubin of St. Peter.
    They have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Maurice D. Trexler of Vandalia will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Frogtown News

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 16
    • First day of school. Early dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck will be held at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, August 18
    • The Lions Club-sponsored hearing screening will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Phillips Building.
    Sunday, Aug. 19

  • Temperatures moderating, but rainfall still very short

    Temperatures moderated somewhat compared to previous weeks, while the rainfall total once again fell below average. Statewide temperatures averaged 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation totaled 0.28 inches, 0.63 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was unchanged from last week, with 72 percent very short, 23 percent short and 5 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 80 percent very short, 17 percent short and 3 percent adequate.

  • Crop Survey: Corn 41, Beans 21

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee held its annual crop survey, with six teams of 26 surveyors collecting samples throughout the county.

    The survey showed estimated yields of 41.65 bushels per acre for cor and 21.49 acres for soybeans. Samples ranged from 0-170 bushels for corn and 2-51 bushels for soybeans. In the first photo, Nate Prater shows his team members a soybean sample north of Vandalia. In the second photo, from right, Prater, Paul Ruholl, Tim Brauer and Tim Schaal examine corn samples. Schaal is the marketing committee chairman.

  • Weathering the Drought

    Billowing dust plumes follow farmers’ trucks as they drive the parched gravel roads near Vandalia. And the crops lining those roads clearly illustrate the toll taken by the worst drought in decades.

  • Sutton is among the elite chosen for NASA camp

    Thomas “Tom” Sutton, who completed his freshman year at Vandalia Community High School in the spring, was one of only eight chosen from the state of Illinois to attend the coveted 2012 NASA WINGS Camp.

  • County board talks about several financial issues

    Fayette County’s ongoing issues with its finances were discussed for a couple of reasons at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
    During a finance committee report, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the county continues to struggle with the challenge of meeting payroll without dipping into funds generated through the sale of the county’s coal rights.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover told the board that the county did not have to take monies from the capital improvement fund for payroll at the end of July.