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Today's News

  • Vandalia Football game postponed until Saturday.

    STAUNTON-Vandalia's football game at Staunton was canceled at about 7:00pm on Friday night and rescheduled for Saturday at 7:00pm. The game was called off due to heavy rains.

  • Lions Candy Day
  • Births

    Kiyah Beth Knoche
    Mary and David Knoche of Alton are the parents of a girl born at 4:10 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Engagement

    Courtney Carroll and Aaron Sapp, both of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Deidre King and Matthew Langston, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Hurricane Isaac brings much-needed moisture

    The remnants of Hurricane Isaac brought significant precipitation to the state last week.
    Statewide rainfall averaged 3.18 inches, pushing topsoil moisture levels to 19 percent very short, 28 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.
    This is the largest percentage of cropland in the adequate and surplus topsoil moisture categories since the middle of May.
    Temperatures averaged 76.1 degrees, 3.2 above normal.

  • Food Pantry assists 165 households

    More than 165 households, representing 193 children under 18 years of age and 404 adults, received food materials last Thursday during the Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry distribution in St. Elmo.
    To date, more than 1,000 adults and 600 children have been helped through the food bank this year.

  • 'All hands on deck' approach to government drought aid

    President  Barack Obama has called the U.S. government’s approach to drought assistance an “all-hands-on-deck effort,” and he has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies to find additional ways to help those impacted by drought.
    To date, the USDA has taken a wide variety of administrative action – including streamlining the disaster designation process, which has allowed the agency to more quickly authorize emergency aid for producers. In Illinois, 102 counties have been declared primary disaster areas for drought.

  • Promoting 'Ag in Classroom'

    The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture recently recognized the volunteering efforts of Martha Cripe of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.

  • Church Briefs

    Sefton churches to meet this weekend

    The 130th annual Sefton Township Churches Convention will be held this year at Emmanuel Methodist Church this weekend.
    The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday with an ice cream social.
    Sunday morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m., and the convention will conclude with a basket dinner at noon.
    The church is located at the intersection of 1200 E and 1850 N.

     The Chosen Ones concert is Saturday