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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    If you’ve been suffering from the heat wave and drought, you should have come to Evergreen Outreach this week at Fayette County Hospital. We were all most abundantly refreshed and rewarded.
    Beverly Hood started the program, while we passed out cookies from Pam Baker – wonderful chocolate chip cookies that were slightly warm. Yum! And if that wasn’t enough goodness, Phyllis Thoman was tickling the ivory keys, producing beautiful notes to cheer us all up.

  • 'How much does it cost?' With sin, the price is high

    Don’t you just love cell phone commercials? For $29.99 a month,  you, too, can become a member of the modern-day communication community! I will never understand the 99-cent concept – just add the penny and round it off – be honest and make it $30!

  • Farm Briefs

    FB crop survey to be held on Aug. 9

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday, Aug. 9.
    At that time, the Farm Bureau will be sending out teams throughout the county to assess the progress of area crops. The teams will include farmers, bankers, members of the media and those involved in agribusiness.
    The day will conclude with a steak dinner cookout and the presentation of a market outlook report at the Farm Bureau office, located at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

  • Hot, dry conditions take heavy toll on area crops

    The hot, dry weather continued to prevail over much of the state again this week, with a few areas experiencing spotty showers.
    Statewide temperatures averaged 78.2 degrees, 1.8 above normal. Precipitation averaged .53 inches across the state, .31 inches below normal.
    Topsoil moisture continued to worsen, and was rated at 73 percent very short, 25 percent short and 2 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture also continued to be a concern, rated 70 percent very short, 26 percent short and 4 percent adequate.

  • Farmers urged to report losses to USDA's FSA

    Grain farmers are reminded to report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event, said Scherrie Giamanco, state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
    "Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed and could not be harvested because of a disaster-related condition," Giamanco said. "In order to meet FSA program eligibility requirements, producers must report failed acreage to the county FSA office before disposition of the crop.

  • Dought discussion meeting set for Aug. 1

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a "Drought Condition and Crop Insurance Discussion" for area farmers on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy LongHorn & Cattle Family Doing Well …
    … in spite of the lack of rain and resulting condition of their Homestead pasture.
    The rain we were blessed with last week helped put a little more green in it, but it still looks parched.
    However, the Longhorns, unlike some of the other breeds, actually like the prickly weeds and dried stuff that most other cattle don’t eat.
    But, we didn’t want them to be hungry, so we visited Preacher Pete and brought a load of nice hay back to them.

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Concert
    Belinda Harpster and Sue Urban of St. Peter and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill attended the American Idol Concert in St. Louis on Wednesday of last week.
    Home from Hospital
    Dane Harpster of St. Peter was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham by ambulance on Friday morning of last week. He returned home on Saturday afternoon. He was treated for heat exhaustion and severe dehydration.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 19
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Prairieland Pickers, 7 p.m., concert on the lawn at Mason Point, 1 Masonic Way, Sullivan.
    Sunday, July 22
    • Prairieland Pickers, 12:30 p.m., Lutheran Church at Shumway.
    Monday, July 23
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, July 21

    ✔ Hillsboro's 17th annual Olde Tyme Tractor Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Hillsboro Park.