Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    FSA's committee ballots due Monday
    Ballots are due next Monday for the Farm Service Agency's county committee elections. Those ballots were mailed to eligible voters in early November.
    "The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government," said Scherrie Giamanco, FSA state executive director.

  • Corn growers react to crop insurance re-rating

    A decision this week in Washington, DC, means that the crop insurance investment made by Midwestern corn farmers more closely represents their risk, although officials with the Illinois Corn Growers Association say it still misses the mark on making sure that farmer and government investments stay out of corporate pockets.

  • GROWMARK essay contest open to high school FFAers

    The theme for the 2012 GROWMARK essay contest is “Cooperatives in a Global Environment.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 19th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders. The purpose of the contest is to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • Frosty Morning

    Two of the cattle owned by Lurkins Brothers Polled Herefords of rural Vandalia enjoy the morning sun on Wednesday after temperatures dipped into the 20s Tuesday night.

    The brothers, Darrin and James, raise the cattle on the Lurkins family farm, which is located east of Vandalia on U.S. Route 40.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 1, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured more than a decade ago, is now 92.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Jerry Bozak accepted the position as Fayette County Hospital’s new administrator.
    City patrolwoman Lisa Osborne submitted her resignation to Chief Carrol Dugan on Friday.
    Birth – a girl, Brittany Leeann, to Mr. and Mrs. Troy White of Coffeen.

  • Aaron Gutridge tells the story of his family

    My favorite types of stories are those “straight from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak. The events in the lives of the earliest settlers, preserved in their own words, give an insight into the history of our country that no other source can duplicate.
    The following family story was told by Aaron Gutridge in 1872, and included in the "History of Champaign and Logan Counties, Ohio." Aaron, who was 79 years old at the time, stated that he wrote the few lines without the aid of glasses.

  • Share with others at Christmas time

    It is, as the Christmas carol says, “beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” With the Thanksgiving activities barely behind us, the list of Christmas events in the area is already jam-packed. And that’s a good thing.
    For a full rundown of the events planned in Fayette County, see the story on page 1 of today’s Leader-Union. It includes a variety of holiday activities, numerous appearances by Santa and several holiday performances by students at area schools. Get those events on your calendar, and show your support by attending.

  • Evergreen Outreach Dc. 1, 2011

    By Joyce Mueller
    Simple acts of kindness seem to be less evident in today’s world. It is so important to look for ways that we can help each other. At EO, this is practiced by volunteers who give time and talent each Monday afternoon. Attendance is usually high, as everyone looks forward to the programs.
    Cindy Hunter was in charge this week and led everyone in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs. She also welcomed a first-time visitor, Crystal Atwood.

  • Church Briefs

    One Voice to perform Sunday in Cowden

    The gospel singing group, One Voice, will be performing this  Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.
    Formed in 2003, the trio has performed across the Midwest. They also have done tours in California, and have one planned for a five-state tour in the Southeast United States.
    For more information, call the church at 217-783-2109.

    Alma church holding revival services