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Today's News

  • Take time during busy summer months to be still

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).

  • Dry conditions continue

    Dry conditions continued throughout the state last week. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.28 inches, 0.51 inches below normal for the week ending Aug. 3.
    Average temperature was 69.3 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal.
    Corn in the dough stage was rated at 55 percent, compared to the five-year average of 47 percent. Corn condition was rated at 81 percent good to excellent.

  • Record yields possible again, experts say

    Farmers are gearing up for a record corn and soybean harvest this fall, if the weather holds for the rest of the growing season, according to results of the latest Farm Futures survey.
    Corn production could hit 14.331 billion bushels this fall – nearly 3 percent more than the  record-setting harvest in 2013. Average yields of 171.06 bushels per acre appear possible nationwide, also a record after a summer marked by cool temperatures.

  • Forage Expo

    Fayette County dairy farmer Tony Snow recently hosted the semiannual Illinois Forage Expo on his farm northeast of Mulberry Grove.

  • Good Season for Peppers

    Dale Harbison, right, and Haley Smith display two large peppers that Harbison has grown this summer. Measuring 12 and 9 inches, they are about twice the size of those normally grown by Harbison.

  • Reunions

    Niehaus
    The descendents of Louis and Alma Niehaus met for the annual Niehaus reunion at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Parish Hall for a noon meal and fellowship on Saturday, July 19.

  • VonBehren – Gash

    Sara VonBehren and Ryan Gash, both of Wapella, were married in a 6 p.m. ceremony on June 14, 2014, in Panama City Beach, Fla., with Sammie Stewart officiating.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 7
    • For the special August activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to Flesor’s Candy Kitchen at Tuscola.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Friday, August 8
    • The St. Elmo Board of Education will have a special board meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the unit office.
    Saturday, August 9
    • The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
    Sunday, August 10

  • HCE visits Hodgson Mill

    For the July Home and Community Education activity, to tie in with the HCE theme of “Been Cookin’ for 90 years, Vandalia Day Unit HCE members toured the Hodgson Mill facility in Effingham.
    Tour guide Hope Adams Yingst spoke of the original water mill located in the Missouri Ozarks and the current production at the Effingham plan. Their finest, all-natural, whole-grain products are included in the promotion of balanced nutrition.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday nights with parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    Larry, Sue, Kyle, and Olivia Urban joined the family for dinner on Saturday evening. Rollie Henson also visited over the weekend.
    Deaths
    The community was saddened by the passing of beloved coach and teacher Gary Shirley of Kinmundy last week.