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Today's News

  • Births (Sept. 1)

    Audrey Rose McDonald
    Sean and Rosie McDonald of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 10:27 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was named Audrey Rose.

    Grandparents are Gary and Susan Miller of Ramsey, Mike and Tammy McDonald of Ramsey, and Marcie Best of Vandalia.  

  • Anniversary (Coates)

    The Rev. Herbert and Mary Coates of Greenville will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

    Herbert and the former Mary Britt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Britt of West Lafayette, Ind., were married on September 7, 1951, at the Free Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., with the Rev. C.H. Coates, father of the groom, and the Rev. L.M. Gaines, pastor of the Lafayette, Ind., officiating.

    The Rev. Coates was the newly appointed pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Dallas City.

  • Engagement (Stuemke – Doyle)

    Bethany Stuemke of Altamont and Lee Doyle of Ramsey have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Dwight and Lori Stuemke of Altamont. Grandparents are Sam and Judy Stuemke, and Janice and the late Gary Wallace, all of Altamont.

    She is a 2008 graduate of Altamont High School and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois College, Harrisburg, with an applied science degree in the veterinary tech field. She is currently employed as a certified pet care tech at Heidanes Hidden Timbers in Altamont.

  • Young author has book published about her dogs

    When Caitlyn Campbell was a small child, she hated dogs. They scared her.

    But when her grandparents, Wynn and Sarah Provines, bought a pug puppy, it changed everything. Not only did she overcome her fear of dogs, but she and Charlie the pug became inseparable. They did everything together. And she took countless pictures of her four-legged playmate.

    Then – tragically – Charlie was hit by a car and died.

  • Farm Bureau to conduct crop survey on Sept. 8

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will host its annual crop survey next Thursday.

    On that day, teams will be sent out to all parts of the county to assess the crops.

    The event will start at Robbi's Restaurant at 8:30 a.m. and will last about three hours.

    The day will conclude with a Market Outlook Cookout at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Farm Bureau building at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Farm Bureau office or from Farm Bureau directors.

  • Spotty rains last week leave most areas parched

    The average statewide temperature last week was slightly above normal at 73.8 degrees.

    Though most districts received little to no moisture last week, some northern areas received above-normal rainfall for an average of 0.54 inches for the state. The norm for the period is 0.76 inches.

    The rains helped some soybean fields, but in most areas crops remained in need of moisture. Under-filled pods and small beans were evident in a number of fields. Corn remained stressed.

  • High Wire Act

    A group of pigeons gathered on an electric line near the grain elevator in Hagarstown this week. With area corn not yet ready for harvest, the elevator remains quiet enough for the birds to roost undisturbed.

  • Drying Down

    Area corn fields are beginning to turn from green to brown as the crop matures and as dry conditions persist. Soybeans are perhaps being more negatively impacted, as the drought is limiting the plants' ability to fill out the beans within the pods.

  • Looking to 2012

    A tough growing season in 2011 won't dim the hopes of U.S. farmers, who plan to increase production of major crops in the coming year, according to Farm Futures magazine's first survey of 2012 planting intentions.

    Lured by high prices and good profit potential, producers said that they expect to plant record corn acres, along with strong increases for soybeans and wheat.

  • Many activities for Labor Day

    As we prepare to celebrate the Labor Day weekend as the unofficial "end of summer" holiday and as a celebration of our nation's workers, there are many activities in the area that are worth noting.