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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Wild game meal at Brownstown church

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host its fourth annual wild game supper on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to bring a wild game dish and other food.

  • View life's ups and downs with a cheerful heart

    I ran an errand early on the Sunday morning before Christmas. The light snow falling created a picturesque scene. I stepped on the sidewalk in front of a home and took one step. The next thing was a blur of coat and me hitting the sidewalk. I think the older I get, the harder I fall. I laid there for a minute, and then began to smile. I hope someone, anyone who saw this got a good laugh. My pride was hurt the worst, and then, a few hours later, other aches and pains began to settle in.

  • USDA reports more diversification in the nation's horticulture operations

    The sales of food crops grown under protection in the United States more than doubled in the last decade as U.S. horticultural operations are becoming more diverse and taking advantage of newly emerging agricultural trends, according to results of the 2009 Census of Horticultural Specialties released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • CRP celebrates 25 years

    Agriculture officials recently observed the 25th anniversary of the program that has protected farmland from erosion.
    Signed into law as a part of the Food Security Act of 1985, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was designed to protect highly erodible land.

  • Illinois milk production down; U.S. numbers up

    Milk production in Illinois during October totaled 153 million pounds, 4 million pounds below October 2009. November production decreased 1 million pounds from last year to 152 million pounds.
    The number of milk cows on farms averaged 98,000 head for both months, down 3,000 head from last year.
    Milk per cow averaged 1,560 pounds for October, up 10 from October 2009. November milk per cow was 1,550 pounds, up 40 from last year.

  • FS Contributes To Ag In Classroom

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 6

    ✔ 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, January 7

  • News Briefs

    Benefit for Clifford Ray is Sunday

    A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and has been traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments. He was airlifted to Barnes Hospital on Sunday because of a blood clot, and underwent surgery on Tuesday for the clot.

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Jan. 10 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Jan. 11 – Pancakes w/syrup.
    Wednesday, Jan. 12 – Choice of cereal, blueberry muffin.   
    Thursday, Jan. 13 – Sausage egg and cheese biscuit.   
    Friday, Jan. 14 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Jan 6, 2011

    • Bobbi J. Forbes, 29, 215 N. Locust St., St. Elmo, turned herself in on Jan. 4 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of allowing junk on her property. Bond was $145.
    • Shaw M. Wheat, 41, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 3 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $3,500.
    • Akeelan L. Paulette, 21, Cahokia, was arrested on Jan. 3 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.