Today's News

  • Wedding

    Amanda Burchett and Travis Torbeck, both of Collinsville, were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2011, at Patriots Park in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Doyle Burchett and Patricia Richter of Greenville.
    She was given in marriage by her stepfather, Clinton “Mick” Richter.
    The bride chose her sister, Tamara Austin of Tuscon, Ariz., as her maid of honor.
    The groom is the son of Scott and Karen Torbeck of St. Peter.

  • Third Time's a Charm for Pujols Poster

    The drawing for the Albert Pujols "Got Milk?" poster was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

  • Master Gardener deadline is Thursday

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees and how to manage insect pests, then you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Winterizing the Chicken Roost
    With the temperatures taking a dip well below freezing, snowflakes drifting down and around, and the strong, cold, winds penetrating the surrounding timber, it was time to turn the heat on (not the oven or roaster), for the girls, Blackie and Rhonda (hens).
    Papa Bear Bill bought them a brand new heat bulb and the roost is now much warmer.  
    The other outdoors critters seem to be making it OK, with new, fresh bedding put down in their barn.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter Church
    New Year’s Eve attendance was 94. Organist was Scott Gercken.
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 107.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz.
    Elders were Reggie Grandt and Kevin Wodtka.
    Acolyte was Dakota Bockstruck.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Glenn Bergmann
    -Chuck Dunaway
    -John Stedlin
    • Those serving our country
    • Our shut-ins
    • Richard Dorr
    • David Harmeier

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, Jan. 5
    • This is the deadline for enrolling in the Master Gardener program. See the information following the announcements.
    • The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Marilyn Sproat’s home.
    • The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, Jan. 7

  • Grants available for 4-H, FFA clubs

    Each year, more than $20,000 in scholarship funds is awarded to college-bound high school seniors who are pursuing an agriculture-related education and career. Farm Credit Services of Illinois plans to present 25 $1,000 agriculture scholarships to current high school seniors in 2012.

  • GROWMARK adds history section

    In honor of the GROWMARK System’s 85th anniversary, a new history section has been added to the cooperative’s website.
    The "Our History" site is designed to be as easy to use for people who want a little information as for those who want to dig deeply into the history of the system.

  • Survey seeks cattle farmers for data on animal health

    Veterinary Informatics & Research Co. of Rolling Meadows is currently recruiting cattle farmers, feedlots and people within the Illinois cattle industry to participate in an animal health study.
    That study will track the use and prices of common veterinary products – such as vaccines and antibiotics – for large animals.
    The company cited the following benefits to the cattle industry:
    • Promotes more accurate forecasting of supply and demand;
    • Encourages competitive pricing between manufacturers;

  • Hog and pig numbers up 5 percent from last year

    The number of hogs and pigs in Illinois on Dec. 1, 2011, was 4.60 million head, up 5 percent from Dec. 1, 2010. Breeding hogs on hand were estimated at 480,000 head, steady with a year ago. Market hogs, at 4.12 million head, were up 5 percent from a year ago.
    The pig crop during September, October and November 2011 was 2.48 million pigs, down 1 percent from the same period in 2010. There were 250,000 sows that farrowed, down 4 percent from a year earlier.
    The litter rate for the quarter averaged 9.90 pigs saved, up from 9.60 for the same quarter last year.