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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Awww, a Cute, Little, New puppy…

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Daughter
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent the weekend with their daughter, Mahala Harpster of Gray Summit, Mo.
    On Saturday, they took a tour of Purina Farms and finished the day shopping in Chesterfield.
    On Sunday, they attended a fish fry hosted by the uncle of Nathan Jacquin to celebrate Mahala’s birthday.
    St. Peter Church
    Saturday evening worship attendance was 121. Acolyte was Logan Lotz.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 20
    • The Artworks Gallery Amateur Town and Country Art and Professional Art Show that started June 16 will continue through this Sunday at the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
    Thursday, June 21
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school Class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • June wheat update

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Crop Production Report.
    State and national highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS
    The Illinois wheat yield for the 2012 crop is estimated to average 61 bushels per acre, based on the June 1 surveys, down one bushel from the May 1 forecast, but the same as last year.
    Total production would be 38.4 million bushels, a decrease of 18 percent from the 2011 production of 46.7 million bushels.

  • FSA accepts 3.9 million acres for CRP

    Scherrie V. Giamanco, USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, announced last week that 2,276 CRP offers – which include 52,190 acres – were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup.  
    Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres, bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres.
    “For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Illinois while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state,” Giamanco said.

  • Not enough rain to really help crops

    Illinois Department
    of Agriculture

    Much of the state finally saw some rain this week, but not enough to significantly alter crop conditions.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Glenn Poshard, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Vandalia.
    In his weekly column, Charles W. Mills wrote about Charles Lindbergh's flight over the Atlantic and his frequent visits to the airport in St. Elmo.
    Counselors at Vandalia Community High School and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce officials joined together for a job shadowing program for high school students.

  • Remembering the heroes of the early 1800s

    Mayor Ricky Gottman recently declared Monday, June 18, as a day that Vandalia will commemorate to remember the men who served in the War of 1812.
    The War of 1812 was actually a continuation of the Revolutionary War fought some 40 years earlier.
    Although America won the day in 1776, the British weren’t done, and organized with the Indians in Canada to keep the fire against the Americans burning.
    In Illinois, Territorial Gov. Ninian Edwards was charged with protecting the settlers throughout the territory.

  • Volunteers needed for our Statehouse

    We all know the value of the Vandalia Statehouse to our community, both for its historic value and the substantial money it brings in for local businesses that serve tourists.
    Over the years, a vital part of the operations at the state's oldest existing capitol has been the local volunteers.
    Those volunteers have, in the past, been most visible at Statehouse events, such as the Grande Levée, Christmas Open House and Lincoln's Birthday observance.
    The volunteers are part of the Friends of the Old State Capitol.