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Today's News

  • Church Briefs-May 19, 2011

    VBS registration begins in Brownstown
    Brownstown First Christian Church will host a Vacation Bible School Registration Carnival Kick-Off on Sunday, June 5, from 3-5 p.m. in Brownstown Park.
    There will be games, prizes, food, big blow-up toys and more. Kids, age 2 through eighth grade, are welcome to participate and to register for a whole week of Vacation Bible School.
    The theme for this year's week will be: “Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street; Where Jesus Makes a Difference Every Day.”

  • Evergreen Outreach-May 19, 2011

    By Pat Rhodes
    We were excited to see the sun shining on Monday as we arrived at the First United Methodist Church for Evergreen Outreach. The warmth from the sun was delightful, despite the cool breeze. We have experienced such a variety of temperature highs and lows here lately. You know what they say about Illinois, “If you don’t like the weather today, stick around, it will change tomorrow.”

  • Trucker Jamboree This Weekend

    Carl Burval, executive director of the Association of Christian Truckers, will oversee a Trucker Jamboree this Thursday through Sunday at the Road Angel Center at the Brownstown interchange of Interstate 70.

  • Minister's Forum

    Floods are definitely on our minds these days. The town branch has swollen to very high levels. The Mississippi is near record levels. There are plenty of news reports of people losing their homes and property, and many fields and farms are under water waiting for drier days.

  • Ag In Classroom Gives Books

    Martha Cripe, right, Fayette County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom coordinator, recently presented three books to Tara Tarter, librarian at Vandalia Elementary School and Jefferson Primary School.

    The books are about soybeans and the role they play in agriculture. The three books are: "Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture," "Awesome Agriculture – Soybeans an A-Z Book" and "The Super Soybean."  

  • Break in weather allows state's farmers to make planting strides

    Temperatures were above normal with a statewide average of 66.6 degrees. The average for the time period is 61.7 degrees.
    Rains resumed toward the end of the week for an average of 1.09 inches statewide. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches.
    The number of days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus.
    With higher temperatures and dry weather for the majority of the week, planting was in full swing, even though some acres were being replanted.

  • Crop report predicts rise in wheat, hay

    Winter Wheat
    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 61 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1. That is five bushels above last year’s yield.
    If this yield is realized, total production would be 44.5 million bushels, more than two and a half times last year’s production. Farmers seeded 760,000 acres to winter wheat last fall,  and expect to harvest 730,000 acres for grain.
    This compares to 330,000 acres seeded and 295,000 acres harvested in 2010.

  • In The Fields...Again

    Larry Osborne swings around to begin another trip down the field as he plants corn in the Shafter area northwest of Vandalia on Tuesday.

    Some area farmers are getting back into the fields after last week's rains again delayed planting in the county. 

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-May 19, 2011

    • Matthew L. Mobley, 27, Peru, Ill., was arrested on May 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence. Bond was $3,000.
    • Mark E. Eaton, 47, Brighton, Tenn., was arrested on May 17 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • A 15-year-old youth was arrested on May 17 on charges of mob action and illegal consumption of alcohol. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Area Community Calendar-May 19, 2011

    Thursday, May 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, May 20