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Today's News

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Dec. 1 – Barbecue ribbettes on bun, succotash, rosemary potatoes, strawberries & bananas .
    Friday, Dec. 2 – Beef stew, lettuce salad, apple crisp, biscuit.
    Monday, Dec. 5 – Barbecue chicken, baked potato, mixed vegetables, plums, cookie and whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Pepper steak w/oriental vegetables, rice, butter beans, fruit for salad, whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Meatloaf, augratin potatoes, gourmet carrots, cheery fruit crisp, whole wheat bread.

  • Vandalia Lions host leadership seminar

    The Vandalia Lions Club and the District 1-L of the Lions of Illinois recently hosted a leadership seminar at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.
    The meeting was conducted by District 1-L Gov. James Strange of Altamont.
    Lions International has begun a new program for increasing leadership and membership in the clubs.
    This seminar was provided to the officers and members of District 1-L.

  • Birth

    Frederick Liam Towler
    Ashley and Chad Towler of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 5:25 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Huskey-Belcher

    Cori Michelle Huskey and Jason Keith Belcher, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2011, in Gretchen Wilson Park in Pocahontas.

  • Doll-Timmermann

    Kate Doll and Ben Timmermann, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joseph Havrilka officiating.

  • Farm Briefs

    FSA's committee ballots due Monday
    Ballots are due next Monday for the Farm Service Agency's county committee elections. Those ballots were mailed to eligible voters in early November.
    "The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government," said Scherrie Giamanco, FSA state executive director.

  • Corn growers react to crop insurance re-rating

    A decision this week in Washington, DC, means that the crop insurance investment made by Midwestern corn farmers more closely represents their risk, although officials with the Illinois Corn Growers Association say it still misses the mark on making sure that farmer and government investments stay out of corporate pockets.

  • GROWMARK essay contest open to high school FFAers

    The theme for the 2012 GROWMARK essay contest is “Cooperatives in a Global Environment.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 19th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders. The purpose of the contest is to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • Frosty Morning

    Two of the cattle owned by Lurkins Brothers Polled Herefords of rural Vandalia enjoy the morning sun on Wednesday after temperatures dipped into the 20s Tuesday night.

    The brothers, Darrin and James, raise the cattle on the Lurkins family farm, which is located east of Vandalia on U.S. Route 40.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 1, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured more than a decade ago, is now 92.