Today's News

  • Wreaths Across America

    The VFW Post 3862 Auxiliary in Vandalia participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Planning for Relay for Life begins

    Twenty-five people attended the Relay For Life rally on Jan. 9 held at Joe’s Pizza.
    The theme of this year’s walk, which will be held June 2-3 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, will be “Rockin’ For a Cure.”
    Currently, 11 teams have signed up to raise funds for the Relay for Life.
    This year’s goal is $65,000, and $12,500 has been raised to date.
    Anyone interested in forming a team or assisting with the event is encouraged to contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Thomason to compete at state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held Jan. 19-23 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2012 fair.

  • Early Lambs Arriving

    A week-old lamb on the farm of Lynn Wollerman northwest of Vandalia munches on a piece of straw as it explores its new surroundings.

    The lambing season will begin in earnest in late January and into February.

  • Annual crop summaries for Illinois released

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS last week released the USDA’s annual crop production summary, winter wheat seedings and grain stocks report. State highlights of the reports include:

  • Farm Briefs

    Risk management meetings planned
    Farmers interested in receiving a checkup on their risk management plans are invited to attend one of two upcoming meetings in the Central Illinois area.
    Meetings will be held on Jan. 31 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon and on Feb. 1 at the Northfield Suites in Springfield. Both meetings begin at 5 p.m., cost $19 and include a ribeye steak dinner.
    Registration closes on Jan. 23. For more information, contact a COUNTRY financial representative or a Farm Bureau office, or go online at www.agrivisor.com.

  • Frogtown News

    Return from Vacation
    Rev. Bill and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter vacationed in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
    They returned on Monday of this week. While there, they visited Bill’s brother Tom Emrick.  
    Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy are the parents of a daughter, born on Jan. 15, 2012. She has been named Claire Anna. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the Little (Adorable) donkey…
    …seems to have a touch of claustrophobia (or maybe cabin fever).
    As he had chewed on the shutters of his barn until they were destroyed, Bill had put a piece of tin over his window to protect him against the cold wind until new shutters could be made.
    Smokey likes to stand and look out his north window, although he has another opening, a doorway, on the east side. The north window gives him a good view of the driveway, and he seems to like to watch who is coming and going.

  • St. Elmo News

    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    • The monthly birthday party at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home, 2 p.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    • At the St. Elmo Public Library, an Excel computer class will be held at 10 a.m., and the eBay/Craig’s List class is at 6:30 p.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class will have a potluck at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. All interested persons are invited to attend the potluck.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

  • State still behind on payments to schools

    The Vandalia Board of Education, in an abbreviated meeting on Tuesday, heard that the state continues to lag several months behind in its payments to school districts.
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the state owes the district $526,652 for transportation and special education, $25,000 for the Pre-K program that was started again this year on a small scale, and $250,000 for the Title I and Title II programs.
    Additionally, about $600,000 is owed to the Okaw Area Vocational Center.