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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    New Year’s Eve attendance was 94. Organist was Scott Gercken.
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 107.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka.
    Acolyte was Dakota Bockstruck.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Glenn Bergmann
    -Chuck Dunaway
    -John Stedlin
    • Those serving our country
    • Our shut-ins
    Birthdays
    • Richard Dorr
    • David Harmeier

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Jan. 5
    • This is the deadline for enrolling in the Master Gardener program. See the information following the announcements.
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Marilyn Sproat’s home.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, Jan. 7

  • Grants available for 4-H, FFA clubs

    Each year, more than $20,000 in scholarship funds is awarded to college-bound high school seniors who are pursuing an agriculture-related education and career. Farm Credit Services of Illinois plans to present 25 $1,000 agriculture scholarships to current high school seniors in 2012.

  • GROWMARK adds history section

    In honor of the GROWMARK System’s 85th anniversary, a new history section has been added to the cooperative’s website.
    The "Our History" site is designed to be as easy to use for people who want a little information as for those who want to dig deeply into the history of the system.

  • Survey seeks cattle farmers for data on animal health

    Veterinary Informatics & Research Co. of Rolling Meadows is currently recruiting cattle farmers, feedlots and people within the Illinois cattle industry to participate in an animal health study.
    That study will track the use and prices of common veterinary products – such as vaccines and antibiotics – for large animals.
    The company cited the following benefits to the cattle industry:
    • Promotes more accurate forecasting of supply and demand;
    • Encourages competitive pricing between manufacturers;

  • Hog and pig numbers up 5 percent from last year

    The number of hogs and pigs in Illinois on Dec. 1, 2011, was 4.60 million head, up 5 percent from Dec. 1, 2010. Breeding hogs on hand were estimated at 480,000 head, steady with a year ago. Market hogs, at 4.12 million head, were up 5 percent from a year ago.
    The pig crop during September, October and November 2011 was 2.48 million pigs, down 1 percent from the same period in 2010. There were 250,000 sows that farrowed, down 4 percent from a year earlier.
    The litter rate for the quarter averaged 9.90 pigs saved, up from 9.60 for the same quarter last year.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps, precip are up for December
    For December, statewide average temperatures were 35.7 degrees, 5.9 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation was also above normal for much of the state, with an average of 3.43 inches.
    The warm temperatures allowed farmers to wrap up fall field work.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 5 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
    Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: From left, Henry Greer, Paul Bunyard, Elaine Bunyard and Mary Ellen Greer.
    Identifying them was: Donna Chrisman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eshet ghitns rae dogo ni lamsl ramesue tub levi ni garle: tysae, lats nad nashitoite.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • William Morrison finally gets grave marker

    A few years ago, I received a letter from Robert Morgan of Florida, who was working with others to locate burial sites for graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.