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Today's News

  • Wedding

    Tara Casey and Darren Lunn, both of O’Fallon, were united in marriage in a private ceremony on Dec. 30, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, with the Rev. Jimmy Duncan officiating.

  • Engagement

    Jamie Bullington and Paul Kistler, both of Torrington, Wyo., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Jones of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 6.

  • Diagnosing wheat viruses

    Wheat leaves displaying symptoms of virus infection, such as purple and yellow leaf tips or mosaic symptoms, have been observed in fields across the state, according to University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley.

  • Cash rent survey results are in

    For the second consecutive year, Macon County topped the state's list of cash rent rates in 2011.
    The average cash rent rate in Macon County is $260 per acre. Following closely behind were Sangamon County, with $252 per acre, and Logan County, with $246 per acre.
    Fayette County had an average cash rent rate of $128. Other surrounding counties were: Bond County, $124; Montgomery County, $212; Christian County, $237; Shelby County, $194; Effingham County, $126; and Marion County, $119.

  • Corn planting progress now nearing 80 percent

    Last week, most of the state experienced cooler temperatures and below-normal rainfall compared to previous weeks.
    Temperatures averaged 54.1 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, which is 0.40 inches below normal. The rainfall was heavier during the weekend, enabling a good amount of fieldwork to be completed during the week. Days suitable for fieldwork increased to 4.8 days, compared to 3.9 the previous week.

  • FFA members compete in ag mechanic contests
  • Farm Briefs

    May 31 reporting deadline for crops
    May 31 is the final deadline to report fall-seeded crops, according to the Fayette County Farm Service Agency.
    Annual reports are required for producers receiving benefits on DEC, ACRE, Federal Crop Insurance, CRP rental payments, commodity loans, NAP and SURE payments.
    Timely and accurate acreage reports are necessary to maintain planting history on a farm and to ensure program benefits are not jeopardized.
    Late-file reporting after May 31 costs a minimum of $46.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    The last day of April ushers in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries.
    Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors. I think I recall at one time our Vandalia school children had May Day picnics in the park.
    So, not to be outdone, EO volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, which delighted those attending on Monday.

  • National Week of Prayer

    Several area residents and pastors participated in prayers at various locations around Vandalia this week as a prelude to the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.