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Today's News

  • Births

    Brynlee Merynn Willms
    Trevor and Megan Willms of Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 2:37 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

  • Birthdays

    Betty Yarbrough
    A surprise party for Betty Yarbrough's 90th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday May 12, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.

  • Phone workers reunion is Monday

    The annual gathering for all former area Illinois Bell Telephone operators and linemen will be held at noon next Monday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All men and women employees, and their spouses, are invited to attend.
     

  • Wedding

    Tara Casey and Darren Lunn, both of O’Fallon, were united in marriage in a private ceremony on Dec. 30, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, with the Rev. Jimmy Duncan officiating.

  • Engagement

    Jamie Bullington and Paul Kistler, both of Torrington, Wyo., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jones of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 6.

  • Diagnosing wheat viruses

    Wheat leaves displaying symptoms of virus infection, such as purple and yellow leaf tips or mosaic symptoms, have been observed in fields across the state, according to University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley.

  • Cash rent survey results are in

    For the second consecutive year, Macon County topped the state's list of cash rent rates in 2011.
    The average cash rent rate in Macon County is $260 per acre. Following closely behind were Sangamon County, with $252 per acre, and Logan County, with $246 per acre.
    Fayette County had an average cash rent rate of $128. Other surrounding counties were: Bond County, $124; Montgomery County, $212; Christian County, $237; Shelby County, $194; Effingham County, $126; and Marion County, $119.

  • Corn planting progress now nearing 80 percent

    Last week, most of the state experienced cooler temperatures and below-normal rainfall compared to previous weeks.
    Temperatures averaged 54.1 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, which is 0.40 inches below normal. The rainfall was heavier during the weekend, enabling a good amount of fieldwork to be completed during the week. Days suitable for fieldwork increased to 4.8 days, compared to 3.9 the previous week.

  • FFA members compete in ag mechanic contests