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Today's News

  • 'Keep it for the Crop' is IEPA theme for program

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Precip, temps still below normal

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Corn, bean yields predicted to decline

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s September Crop Production Report. Highlights of the report include:
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    The 2011 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 161 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from the August forecast. The yield is down as a result of the exceptionally hot weather experienced while much of the crop was in the pollination stage. Production of corn for grain would be 1.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2010.

  • Wright Insurance Honored

    Bruce Wright, left, and Matthew Wright, right, were presented with two awards for outstanding sales and service of crop insurance by Leigh Lamb, center, the regional marketing manager of Diversified Services.

    Bruce Wright, who owns Bruce Wright Insurance of Vandalia, now qualifies for the Heavy Hitters Club.

  • This year's yields lower

    Fayette County farmers can expect to see corn and soybean yields lower than what they experienced last year, if last Thursday’s crop survey is any indication.

  • News Briefs

    EIU band at Vandals' game on Friday

    The Eastern Illinois University marching band, which includes two recent Vandalia Community High School graduates, will perform at the Vandals' varsity football game this Friday.
    Maggie Childers, who plays the mellophone, and Alexa Campbell, who plays the trumpet, will be a part of the EIU Marching Panthers' pregame performance. The EIU band will sit with the VCHS band until halftime, then perform two songs with the band at halftime.

  • McEndollar honored for 63 years in HCE

    Vontella McEndollar of the Wheatland Home and Community Education Unit was recently awarded with a Certificate of  Recognition for 63 years of membership in the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization.

  • Remembering Victims of 9/11

    Ray Karnes, left, and John McWhorter of the St. Elmo Fire Department conduct a memorial bell-tolling ceremony during the program held on Sunday by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    Other photos from the program are in a photo slide show to be added to our website this week.

  • County faced with big budget deficit

    As the time to finalize a budget for the upcoming fiscal year draws near, Fayette County Board members will be faced with some tough decisions.
    That’s the message that the chairman of the board, Steve Knebel, delivered to board members on Tuesday evening.
    “Right now, we’re looking at $639,000-plus the wrong way,” Knebel said, talking about the deficit with the new budget at this point in time.
    “It’s ugly, real ugly,” Knebel said.

  • 'Very unfair & a bit cruel'

    Though local officials have since learned that Vandalia Correctional Center is not on Gov. Pat Quinn’s short list of state facilities targeted for closure, State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce that the governor’s tactics of naming those facilities is “very unfair and a bit cruel” to employees and their families.