Today's News

  • Card Showers

    Earl Hovious
    A card shower is planned for Earl Hovious of Brownstown, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on March 3.

  • Maas elected chaplain of U.S. Daughters of 1812

    The Kaskaskia Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 installed new officers during a meeting held in Greenville, on Feb. 19.

  • VFW Auxiliary Places Veterans' Wreaths

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia again participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Wedding

    Rachel Clark of Norfolk, Va., and Trevor Elam of New Orleans, La., were united in marriage in a candlelight ceremony at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2011, at First United Brethren Church in Findlay, Ohio, with the Rev. Andrew Atkins, a cousin of the bride, officiating.

  • One more step for E-15

    America’s consumers are one step closer to expanded choices at the pump when they fill up, giving them the opportunity to save money while supporting a homegrown fuel.
    Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) learned in mid February that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved industry-submitted research studies proving that E-15, a blend of 15 percent corn-based ethanol and 85 percent conventional gasoline, meets the government’s health effects requirements for any new fuel brought to market.

  • Illinois products expo to feature local foods, wines

    Fifty-four Illinois food companies will give away samples of their products this weekend at the 14th annual Illinois Products Expo.
    The aptly-titled “Food and Cooking Extravaganza,” which also features Illinois-made wines and agriculture-based products like soy candles, will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In all, 77 companies are scheduled to participate.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps up, precip down in February
    Above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfall throughout the state continued into February. Some farmers are anticipating an early planting season if current conditions continue.
    Temperatures averaged 34.3 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Total precipitation was 1.20 inches, .63 inches below normal.
    Farmers reported good progress for winter wheat, though the continually soft ground has challenged some winter livestock work.

  • FFAers Drive Tractors to School

    Three members of the FFA chapter at Vandalia Community High School participated in Tractor Day during FFA Week at the school last Friday.

    From left to right are FFA members Tex Ringering, Devin Holman and Nate Elam.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Callie, the Kitty, is Fastidiously Clean
    We don’t know how she does it, but Callie, who is a calico cat, but has a lot of white on her, never has any dust, dirt or mud on her coat. She will come in out of the rain or snow and should have some sort of uncleanliness on her, but even the bottoms of her paws appear spotless.

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Shower
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baby shower of daughter-in-law Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Saturday.
    The shower was held in Jackson, Mo.
    Word has been received of the death of Floriene Borchelt Shuttner of Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 19.
    Floriene is the sister of Helen Jasper of St. Peter.
    Violet Chrisman of St. Peter died on Feb. 23.  The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday.