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Today's News

  • K of C MH Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, has signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days in Vandalia.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Knights of Columbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations for programs that benefit mentally handicapped children in Fayette County, including Special Olympics, FAYCO Enterprises activiteis and EMH/TMH activities at local schools. With Gottman is Mike Sahr, the MH chairman for the Fayette County Knights of Columbus.

  • Wedding

    Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of St. Elmo, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Revs. Olen Evans and Rob Gallion officiating.

  • SEHS Remembers Victims of 9/11

    The student council at St. Elmo Junior-Senior High marked the 10-year anniversary on the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by creating a sign with styrofoam cups on the west side of the school.

  • Willow Grove gives update on CO2 storage

    Fayette County is on the forefront in the nation’s move toward clean coal. Willow Grove Carbon Solutions, the nation’s leading carbon dioxide storage project development company, is developing a carbon dioxide storage project in the Loudon area, roughly between St. Elmo and Beecher City.
    Why Is It Happening in Fayette County?
    Fayette County is one of the best places in the entire country to store carbon dioxide. A large geological formation, known as the Loudon anticline, covers some 25,000 acres of northeastern Fayette County.

  • 'Keep it for the Crop' is IEPA theme for program

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Precip, temps still below normal

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Corn, bean yields predicted to decline

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s September Crop Production Report. Highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS
    The 2011 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 161 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from the August forecast. The yield is down as a result of the exceptionally hot weather experienced while much of the crop was in the pollination stage. Production of corn for grain would be 1.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2010.

  • Wright Insurance Honored

    Bruce Wright, left, and Matthew Wright, right, were presented with two awards for outstanding sales and service of crop insurance by Leigh Lamb, center, the regional marketing manager of Diversified Services.

    Bruce Wright, who owns Bruce Wright Insurance of Vandalia, now qualifies for the Heavy Hitters Club.

  • This year's yields lower

    Fayette County farmers can expect to see corn and soybean yields lower than what they experienced last year, if last Thursday’s crop survey is any indication.

  • News Briefs

    EIU band at Vandals' game on Friday

    The Eastern Illinois University marching band, which includes two recent Vandalia Community High School graduates, will perform at the Vandals' varsity football game this Friday.
    Maggie Childers, who plays the mellophone, and Alexa Campbell, who plays the trumpet, will be a part of the EIU Marching Panthers' pregame performance. The EIU band will sit with the VCHS band until halftime, then perform two songs with the band at halftime.