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Today's News

  • Reunion

    Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building. There were approximately 52 in attendance.  

  • Card Shower

    Helen Stine
    A card shower is being requested for Helen Stine of Brownstown, who will celebrate her 90th birthday.
    Cards may be sent to: 1667 N. 1625th St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
     

  • Wedding

    Blythe McKay Smith and Nathaniel Alan Bergstrom, both of Florissant, Mo., were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on June 2, 2012, at North County Community Church in Hazelwood, Mo., with the Rev. Jimmie Montaigne officiating.

  • Anniversary

    Bill and Iris Rademacher of Vandalia will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Bill Rademacher and the former Iris Brooks were married on Aug. 17, 1952, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the late Rev. Bill Henderson officiating.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve Rademacher and his wife Barb of Imperial, Mo.; David Rademacher and his wife Leann of Centralia; and Lea Ann and her husband Bruce Rubin of St. Peter.
    They have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Maurice D. Trexler of Vandalia will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Frogtown News

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 16
    • First day of school. Early dismissal will be at 11:30 a.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck will be held at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, August 18
    • The Lions Club-sponsored hearing screening will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Phillips Building.
    Sunday, Aug. 19

  • Temperatures moderating, but rainfall still very short

    Temperatures moderated somewhat compared to previous weeks, while the rainfall total once again fell below average. Statewide temperatures averaged 72.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation totaled 0.28 inches, 0.63 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was unchanged from last week, with 72 percent very short, 23 percent short and 5 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated 80 percent very short, 17 percent short and 3 percent adequate.

  • Crop Survey: Corn 41, Beans 21

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee held its annual crop survey, with six teams of 26 surveyors collecting samples throughout the county.

    The survey showed estimated yields of 41.65 bushels per acre for cor and 21.49 acres for soybeans. Samples ranged from 0-170 bushels for corn and 2-51 bushels for soybeans. In the first photo, Nate Prater shows his team members a soybean sample north of Vandalia. In the second photo, from right, Prater, Paul Ruholl, Tim Brauer and Tim Schaal examine corn samples. Schaal is the marketing committee chairman.