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Today's News

  • It takes two games, but Lady Vandals win Decatur title

    DECATUR - Battling excessive heat and the top seed, the Lady Vandals still came out on top.

    After falling to Warrensburg-Latham in the first game of the double-elimination tournament in a Decatur league for high schools on Saturday in 100-degree heat, the Lady Vandals stormed back in an offensive show the second game to win the league championship, 15-13.

  • Softball team to play for Decatur title on Saturday

    The Vandalia High School softball team will play for the Decatur league championship on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lady Vandals will play on a field on Division St. about a mile from MacArthur High School.

  • FRIDAY: Two Route 51 meetings next week

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings in the area next week to present updates on alignments being developed for U.S. Route 51.

    The area meetings are:

    • Vernon/Patoka  6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Patoka Civic Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka.

    • Vandalia 6-8 pm. on Wednesday at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St.

    The meetings have an open-house format, with project staff to be available for discussion and questions.

  • FRIDAY: Patoka Library changes days next week

    The Patoka Public Library is changing its days of operation for the week of July 25.

    Next week, the library will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:30-5 p.m.

    The library is normally open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Vandalia softball to play in semifinals

    The Vandalia High School softball team is nearing completion of its summer season and will face the "No Names" in the championship semifinal of the Decatur summer league tournament on Friday at 6 p.m.

    Whichever team wins will play for the title on Saturday at 2 p.m., and the loser plays at noon.

    So far in the tournament, the Lady Vandals have beaten MacArthur, 13-11, and Taylorville, 24-3.

  • Fayette County Speedway cancels Friday's events

    Friday's races at Fayette County Speedway have been canceled due to excessive heat. The Speedway will reschedule for the event for sometime in August.

    The next scheduled racing is on Aug. 5.

  • Thursday – Treasurer, first treasury box visit Vandalia

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited the Vandalia Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon, arriving about four hours after Illinois' first treasurer money storage box and pan scales.

    Rutherford was accompanied by Linda Norbut Suits, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency curator Linda Norbut Suits, who told about the history of the money storage box.

    The treasurer's box and pan scales were taken on Wednesday afternoon back to Springfield, where they are displayed in the Old State Capitol.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • July crop report

    ILLINOIS CROPS
    WHEAT: The Illinois wheat yield for the 2011 crop is estimated to average 61 bushels per acre, based on the July 1 surveys, down one bushel per acre from the June forecast. Total production would be 43.9 million bushels, more than 2.5 times the 2010 production of 16.5 million bushels.
    Acreage expected to be harvested for grain is 720,000, more than double the harvested acres in 2010. As of July 3, 75 percent of the wheat acres were harvested, compared to 82 percent last year and the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Heat, lack of rain are affecting crops

    Statewide temperatures were 2.2 degrees above normal last week, averaging 78.4 degrees.
    Precipitation averaged 0.51 inches, 0.19 inches below normal. The far southern districts of the state received more than  1 inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
    Hot and dry crops were beginning to show stress.