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Today's News

  • Assistance now available for heat-related livestock deaths

    Producers who have lost livestock due to excessively  hot temperatures may have help available.
    Scherrie Giamanco, state executive director of the Illinois Farm Service Agency, this week reminded producers that the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides financial assistance for livestock deaths as a direct result of adverse weather conditions.
    "The hot, dry conditions that are widespread across Illinois may be good for the development of crops," Giamanco said. "However, they have proven to be detrimental for livestock producers."

  • Heat continues, though some areas receive rain

    Rainfall was sporadic throughout the state. Some counties reported continuing dry conditions, while others experienced flooding. Damage to crops and livestock due to flooding was reported.
    Precipitation across the state averaged 1.52 inches, 0.68 inches above normal, though most areas are still experiencing dry conditions.

  • Farm Heritage Days

    The American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville held its annual Farm Heritage Days last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the first photo, Mike Myers of Altamont drives his 1948 International M during a tractor pull on Saturday afternoon. In the second photo is a variety of Allis Chalmers tractors; Allis Chalmers was the featured tractor at this year's event.

  • Feeling the heat

    The longer the heat wave lingers over the Midwest, the more concerned area farmers become. And if the unusual weather pattern hasn’t already hurt yields, experts say that it won’t be long until it does.
    “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a prolonged heat wave like this,” said Ron Marshel, manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau. “And even though we’ve gotten enough moisture to keep the plants going, the heat has taken a toll.”

  • Volunteers sought for cancer care center at FCH

    Hearing the words “You have cancer” is tough. Finding help and answers is made easier at the American Cancer Society Patient Resource Center at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia.
    Would you like to make a difference for area cancer patients? Do you have some time on a Thursday to help?
    If so, Fayette County Hospital and the American Cancer Society would love to hear from you. Volunteers are needed to help cancer patients and their family members at the newly remodeled Patient Resource Center.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 4, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two cousins are pictured 45 years ago. The one on the left works for the county and lives in the southeast part of the county. The one on the right lives out of state, but grew up in the Ramsey area. She is a registered nurse.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 4, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A nationwide search was kicked off for Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man who gunned down Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer in the alley behind the lawyer’s office downtown.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution prohibiting drinking outside of bars in the city, after some bar owners asked for permission to have beer gardens.
    Bruce Clanton of rural Vandalia was recognized as a candidate for the American FFA Degree, the highest honor in the Future Farmers of America.

  • Wolf packs terrorized citizens, livestock

    “Grandfather Howell came to Illinois from Tennessee in 1825, settling in Marion County, having taken up land from the government, 80 acres at the time of his coming. He afterward bought 120 acres from the government, a part of which was timbered and a part was on the prairie.
    “There were not any settlements on the prairie at that time, all the settlements there were then being in the timbered land. The first Monday in May was wolf day. All the settlers gathered at that day and made a general drive, often taking numbers of prairie wolves.”

  • Volunteers will be needed for Lincoln Park

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since retired U.S. Sen. Paul Simon came to help Vandalia Main Street dedicate its downtown park and “Sitting with Lincoln” statue.
    On Monday, that park, and statue, officially became the property of the city of Vandalia.
    That means the city is now responsible for the expenses related to the park, which are, essentially, insurance premiums and electric bills.

  • News Briefs-Aug. 4, 2011

    Ramsey man arrested after shooting

    A Ramsey man has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm after a shooting incident early Tuesday morning.
    Ryan D. Donaldson, 26, was charged with the two felony offenses after he allegedly struck and shot Clint Martin.
    Martin was taken to Fayette County Hospital and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, and was released later in the day. He reportedly sustained a gunshot wound in the neck.
    Donaldson’s bond was set at $50,000.