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Today's News

  • John the Baptist – no identity crisis with him

    On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s cry
    Announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake, and hearken, for he brings
    Glad tidings of the King of Kings.
    (Advent Hymn)

    John the Baptist did not have an identity crisis, but evidently the people around him did.  John knew very well who he was and what his life was all about; those around him seemed quite puzzled, though.

  • Farm Briefs

    Shimkus opposes
    dust regulations

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) supported legislation that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.  The bill, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (HR 1633), passed the House last Thursday with bipartisan support.

  • Farm Bureau annual meeting

    The Illinois Farm Bureau is home to a wealth of fond and familiar traditions, first and foremost being the promotion and support of agricultural and farming traditions.
    Yet, for many Illinois farmers, the tradition that means the most is the grassroots, member-driven decision making that stems from the IFB’s annual meeting. Each year, Illinois farmers gather during the first week of December to meet, discuss issues facing agriculture and set policy for the coming year.

  • Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year

    During the past five years, Martha Cripe, left, has volunteered in Fayette County schools to promote the Fayette County Farm Bureau's 'Ag In The Classroom' program. For her work, she was recently named the Illinois Farm Bureau's 'Volunteer of the Year' for the entire state. She was presented with the award at the recent IFB convention in Chicago. Pictured with her is her husband Ken.  

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Grandchildren
    Helen Limes of St. Peter returned home on Friday from a week’s visit to Hobbs, N.M.
    She spent the week with her grandson, Dustin Kizziar and family.
    It was a surprise for her daughter, Sandy Kizziar of Gruver, Texas, who was also visiting Dustin for the week.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 194. Sunday’s organist was Scott Gercken.
    Elders were Curtis Jenne and Charles Wachholz.
    Advent services will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and conclude on Dec. 21.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Rhonda, the Red Hen, New Girl on the Roost
    As Blackie, the hen seemed to still be in depression over the loss of her buddy, Anita, we decided she needed a new friend.
    Sharon, who works in the Rural King, volunteered to send one of her chickens to the Homestead to help Blackie adjust.
    Rhonda is an  “eyes-are-brown” hen and seems friendly and, we hope, will be a buddy to Blackie. However, at the present time, they have a chicken wire divider between them.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Dec. 15
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, 12 noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, Dec. 16
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education Christmas party, 11:30 a.m., Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a complimentary T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Births

    Chase Michael Herderhorst
    Trevor and Tiffany Herderhorst of Belleville are the parents of a boy born at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Smith-Bergstrom

    Alan and Cindy Laramee of Vandalia have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Blythe Smith, to Nathaniel Bergstrom, the son of Glen and Penny Bergstrom of Florissant, Mo.

  • Mad Dogs Donate to Toys for Tots

    The Mad Dogs Motorcycle Club presented on Friday its annual donation to the Toys for Tots program at Arthur Young Inc.