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Today's News

  • 50-Year Masonic Member

    Don Adams of Vandalia (center) receives a certificate and pin from Temperance Lodge No. 16 Worshipful Master Tim McMillan (left) and Chaplain Winfred "Bud" Morrison in recognition of his 50 years of membership in the Masonic fraternity. As a 50-year member, Adams is now exempt from any further dues payments.

  • Engagement

    Gretchen Schaible and Mitchell Smith, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Church Briefs

    Metro Church plans Kids Bible Kamp
    Metro Community Church will host a Kids Bible Kamp next Monday through Thursday at Rogier Park in Vandalia. The daily camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon for children from age 4 years through sixth grade.
    Under the theme of a "safari adventure," the event will include Bible stories, an obstacle course, sno cones, music and games.
    For more information, call 283-3465.

    Mother of Dolors plans rummage sale

  • Local youths help at camp

    Bond Christian Camp in Mulberry Grove hosted an all- day camp for first and second graders on Saturday, June 25.

  • One body, many members, many ways to minister

    “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).

  • Illinois crop yield survey data to be collected soon

    Enumerators representing the Illinois Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will soon begin collecting data that will be used to estimate the corn and soybean yields that Illinois farmers will harvest this year.

  • USDA invites signup for value-added farm grants

    Illinois USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Callahan announced that applications are being accepted for grants to provide financial assistance to independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, majority-controlled producer-based business ventures and agricultural producer groups through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program.

  • Corn Growth Affected By Rains

    Many area corn fields resemble rolling waves as the plants' height varies from 18 inches to 6 feet – depending on where the crops are in the field.

    Standing water in low-lying fields has stunted plants, or, in some cases, killed them. Conversely, corn in well-drained fields is entering the silking phase. 

  • Farm Briefs

    Barr named Farm Credit ag scholar
    Amanda Barr of Altamont was selected as one of 25 members of the class of 2011 to be named "We Understand" Agriculture Scholars by Farm Credit Services of Illinois.


    As an ag scholar, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship, to be applied toward her agriculture-related college education.
    She will be studying agriculture business at Lake Land College this fall.
    She is the daughter of Clyde and Barbara Barr.

  • Despite slow start, crops progressing well

    Corn planted in Illinois in 2011 is estimated at 12.5 million acres, down 300,000 acres from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and down 100,000 acres from last year.
    Acreage planted to biotechnology varieties is estimated at 86 percent of the total acreage, up from 82 percent last year. Bt varieties account for 14 percent, herbicide-resistant varieties account for 17 percent and stacked-gene varieties account for 55 percent.
    Planting got off to a slow start in 2011. As of May 1, just 10 percent of the crop was planted, 36 points behind the five-year average.