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Today's News

  • Engagement

    Allison Jo Brunk and Sheldon Sean Satterthwaite Jr., both of Brownstown, have announced their upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    Clarence and Mary Alender of Gillespie, formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th anniversary this week with family dinners on Sunday and Wednesday.

  • Church Briefs

    Farina patriotic gospel concert Saturday

    A patriotic gospel concert will be held in the Farina City Park this Saturday in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration there.
    The concert, hosted by John and Judy Roberts, will include the FourGiven Quartet of Vandalia and the Shepherdsmen Quartet from Woodlawn.
    The concert will begin at 4:30 and conclude at 6:30 p.m. on the stage in the Farina park.
    Those attending the concert are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit on during the concert.

  • Distractions keep us from being all we can be

    One of the things I’ve always loved about summer is baseball.

  • Farm Briefs

    Belusko attends ag teacher conference
    Matt Belusko, agricultural education instructor at Ramsey High School, recently joined more than 300 agricultural educators at the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers.
    Held in Champaign, the conference was designed to meet the needs of secondary and post-secondary agricultural educators. The program included general sessions, district meetings, business meetings, in-service sessions and special award recognition sessions.

  • Temperatures up, rainfall elusive

    Last week was yet another hot and dry one for Illinois. Statewide, temperature averaged 78.2 degrees, 3.9 above normal and rainfall increased slightly to 0.28 inches, but still was 0.62 inches below the historic average.
    Topsoil moisture is still a major concern for the entire state. It is currently rated at 52 percent very short, 37 percent short and only 11 percent adequate.

  • June report shows corn acres up, soybeans down

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service this week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports.
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  • IFB President Visits With Local Members

    Members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau met with Illinois Farm Bureau President Phillip Nelson, second from right, at a recent meeting in Effingham.

    He updated county members on key legislative issues affecting farmers. Pictured with Nelson are, from left, Keith Casey, Keith Sanders and Ken Cripe.

  • Vandalia Idol

    Her performance of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" earned Mary Ann Price (first photo) first place in the second annual Vandalia Idol competition held on Saturday by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

    In the second photo are the four finalists chosen from 12 competitiors. From left to right, are: Arika Craig, fourth place; Jordan Boren, third place; Joy Rode, second place; and Price.
     

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    In Response to Inquiries
    The Homestead Critters are tolerating the heat and dry weather. Several have asked about the critters, since it has been so hot. Papa Bear Bill has been keeping them supplied with fresh water, and they all have shade and/or shelter.
    •  Betsy LongHorn, the Bartels girl (namely Geneva), and the three youngsters, surprise us, as they do not take advantage of their shade trees.
    They seem to like to lie in the sunshine, even in the 100-plus degree weather.