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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the fifth birthday party of their grandson, Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.
    Those attending were: Ron and Diane Eller of Salem, Anna Lou Eller of Salem, Heidi Hunter and Bruce of Fruitland, Carolyn Stein of Salem, Natalie Stein of Cape Girardeau, Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, and Doug and Pam Stein of St. Peter.
    Attend Baptism
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the baptism of grandson, Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Sunday.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 4
    • Have a happy 4th of July.
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of HCE will not meet until July 11.
    Thursday, July 5
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Koontz.
    Saturday, July 7
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to eat together can meet in the hospital cafeteria at noon.

  • Zoo Program at Library

    As part of its summer reading program, Evans Public Library offered a special program featuring animals from Scovill Zoo in Decatur last Thursday.