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Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    McDowell qualifies for auction contest
    Vandalia auctioneer Andrew McDowell will be competing on June 25 at the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest in Williamston, S.C.
    McDowell is sponsored by Greenville Livestock Auction Inc. He is one of 33 auctioneers from  the United States and Canada who qualified in the top eight in the four regional contests.
    The contest is sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association.

    Positions open for FSA committee

  • Recycling program set for agrichemical containers

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced this week that it has arranged to recycle them.    
    Beginning in August, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

  • Late planting impacting corn and soybean insects

    University of Illinois Extension

  • Above-normal rains halt fieldwork in some areas

    Warm weather and sunny skies gave crops a boost early last week before rains brought things to a halt on Friday.
    The average statewide temperature was 75.2 degrees, 4.8 degrees above normal.
    Average statewide precipitation was above normal this week at 1.32 inches. The norm for the time period is 0.92 inches.
    With 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork, some farmers were able to finally finish planting, or re-planting, while others were out spraying herbicides and baling hay.

  • Wet weather woes continue

    As the door closes on one of the weirdest – and wettest – planting seasons in recent memory, Ron Marshel offered an assessment of the situation.

  • Tools for School seeking supplies

    Though classes just dismissed for the summer, there are some among us who are already thinking of the upcoming school year.
    That group is Fayette County Tools for School, a committee of local residents that is dedicated to helping needy students have the necessary supplies when they head to school this fall. Last year, they helped nearly 700 county students.
    Now is the time of year that the group is gathering financial support and collecting school supplies. Among those supplies are paper, pencils, pens, rulers and other basic necessities needed by students.

  • Banks of the Okaw--June 16, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little guy, pictured about 23 years ago, grew up in Vandalia. He is currently in the military and lives out of state.

  • The Way We Were-June 16, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    20 Years Ago

  • Cox Massacre program yields new facts

    Last week in this space, I told of the upcoming commemoration of the Cox Massacre, the first Indian attack ever recorded in Bond County. My story of the attack combined several sources, and this past Saturday, I learned even more after attending the Hill’s Fort Living History Days in Greenville.

  • City must seek new efficiencies

    After months of budget reviews and line-item trimming, the Vandalia City Council last week voted to balance the city’s budget by making personnel cuts.