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Today's News

  • Birth

    Matthew and Jamie Smith of Brownstown are the parents of a boy born at 3:21 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Baumann-Durbin

    Amanda Baumann and Christopher Durbin have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Easton-Huffman

    Cassie Easton and Jeff Huffman have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is a graduate of Patoka High School and Kaskaskia College with an associate's degree and cosmetology license. She is currently employed at Attitudes Hair Salon in Carlyle.
    The future groom is a graduate of Patoka High School and is currently employed at Foltz Welding in Patoka.
    The couple are planning a Saturday, Oct. 22, wedding at the Huffman residence.

  • Kramer-Lane

    Bethany Kramer and Blake Lane were united in marriage on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, with the Rev. Robert Zwilling officiating.

  • Opfer-Doehring

    Nicole Opfer and Blake Doehring were united in marriage on July 30, 2011, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in rural Shobonier.

  • New Flagpole at Farm Bureau

    Gerald Forehand, center, a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau board and a Vietnam veteran, helps raise a new flag on a new flagpole at the organization's office on Sunset Avenue in Vandalia.

    With him are Ken Cripe and his grandson Thacker, left, and Ron Marshel, Farm Bureau manager, right.

  • FFA Members Attend Farm Progress Show

    Forty-two members of the Vandalia FFA Chapter traveled to the Farm Progress Show in Decatur on Aug. 31 to explore the world's largest outdoor machinery show.

    They toured dozens of booths and saw massive farm equipment displays. The shirts worn by the FFA members were provided by Mike Cripe at Vandalia Tractor Sales.

  • Nearly one-third of Illinois corn harvested

    Temperatures remained below normal for yet another week, averaging 56.6 degrees statewide. The average for the time period is 61.9 degrees. Light frost was seen in some areas at the end of the week.
    Most areas of the state received above-average rainfall, with isolated areas receiving as much as four inches. In other areas, rains were below normal. The average for the state was 1.23 inches, 0.59 inches above normal. Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Topsoil moisture was 15 percent very short, 34 percent short, 48 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

  • Taiwan signs pact to buy $3 billion worth of Illinois corn

    Illinois farmers sealed a two-year deal last week with a team of Taiwanese grain buyers to source corn from Illinois.
    Formalizing the agreement, Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) Chairman Bill Christ signed a letter of intent with the Taiwan Feed Industry Association in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
    Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted the 22-member trade delegation as part of a goodwill mission designed to further a long-standing trade relationship.

  • September grain stocks are reported

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s September Grain Stocks Report. State and national highlights of the report include:
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