Today's News

  • Laborers' Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday Southern and Central Illinois Laborers' Roadblock Day. On Saturday, laborers will be collecting funds, with the donations used to help disabled children in Southern and Central Illinois. With Gottman is Joe Hill, field representative for Laborers' Local 1197.

  • DAR meeting held

    The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Benjamin Mills Chapter, met for its monthly meeting on May 9 at The Glenwood in Greenville.
    Special guests were sisters Jane Hubbert and Ann Hunter, long-time members of the Benjamin Mills Chapter and residents of The Glenwood.
    Jennifer Dunkley from the Greenville campus of Kaskaskia College presented the program on literacy and discussed the Reading Link program, which she heads on the Greenville campus.
    After the business meeting was adjourned, refreshments were served.

  • Births

    Jas Edward Dean Taylor
    Amanda and Keith Taylor of Sandoval are the parents of a boy born at 7:46 p.m. on April 14, 2012, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Wedding

    Claralyn Kay Luchtefeld and Jonathan Tyler Denton, both of Vandalia, were united in married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elmo Christian Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Tom Fedrigon officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of LaQuita (Haslett) and Kelly Booher, and the late Frank Luchtefeld and his wife Lisa. She is the granddaughter of Keith and Margaret Haslett of St. Elmo, Shirley Feree of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late V.R. “Lucky” Luchtefeld.
    She was given in marrage by her stepfather, Kelly Booher.

  • Wedding

    Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitchell Ashbaugh of Effingham were united in marriage in a 2 p.m. ceremony on March 24, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating.

  • Farm-hauling issue resolved

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week that it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving the concerns of Illinois farmers.

  • Four local students receive Farm Bureau scholarships

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four local students who are planning on future careers in agriculture.

  • Corn planting done; soybean planting begins

    Last week, weather patterns returned to more normal conditions, and fieldwork resumed at a brisk pace in most parts of Illinois.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.67 inches, which was 0.34 below average. Temperatures were 62 degrees statewide. The drier conditions led to 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
    Corn planted reached 95 percent statewide, 30 percent above the five-year average of 65 percent. Corn emerged reached 76 percent, 41 percent above the five-year average.

  • May crop report

    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 62 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1, which is one bushel above last year’s yield. If this yield is realized, total production would be 39.06 million bushels, 16 percent less than last year’s production.

  • Church Briefs

    Still time to help with summer lunches

    If you were unable to attend the recent volunteer meetings for the Summer Lunches for Kids program, there's still time to help.
    Those who wish to volunteer or make donations to the program but were unable to attend the meetings are asked to call Pat Rhodes, 283-5372, or Northside Christian Church, 283-1970.
    The mission of the program is to provide children with free and nutritious lunches during the summer months.