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Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College news

    'Community Engagement' set

    Dr. Jim Underwood, president of Kaskaskia College and Bill Hawley, chairman of the KC Board of Trustees, invite the public to join them for a “Community Engagement” meeting at the Vandalia Campus on Monday, June 27.
    The event is being held for Underwood and Hawley to meet with area residents to provide input and discuss the operations of Kaskaskia College.
    Area residents are welcome to stop by the campus between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 545-3036.

  • Wal-Mart grand re-opening is Friday

    The Vandalia Walmart, located at 201 N. Mattes Ave., will celebrate a grand re-opening this Friday, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience.
    The results of a two-month remodeling project will be  unveiled at 7:30 a.m.
    Among the many improvements are a new layout, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.

  • Frogtown News

    Return Home
    Elijah and Emma Latin of Chase, Mich., returned home after spending a week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Some Things We Take for Granted…
    …and do not bother inquire to whom we should give the credit.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, June 15
    • The Century Culture Club, 12:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Farm Briefs

    McDowell qualifies for auction contest
    Vandalia auctioneer Andrew McDowell will be competing on June 25 at the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest in Williamston, S.C.
    McDowell is sponsored by Greenville Livestock Auction Inc. He is one of 33 auctioneers from  the United States and Canada who qualified in the top eight in the four regional contests.
    The contest is sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association.

    Positions open for FSA committee

  • Recycling program set for agrichemical containers

    The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced this week that it has arranged to recycle them.    
    Beginning in August, sites throughout the state will collect the containers and grind them into small plastic chips that will be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other useful products.

  • Late planting impacting corn and soybean insects

    University of Illinois Extension

  • Above-normal rains halt fieldwork in some areas

    Warm weather and sunny skies gave crops a boost early last week before rains brought things to a halt on Friday.
    The average statewide temperature was 75.2 degrees, 4.8 degrees above normal.
    Average statewide precipitation was above normal this week at 1.32 inches. The norm for the time period is 0.92 inches.
    With 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork, some farmers were able to finally finish planting, or re-planting, while others were out spraying herbicides and baling hay.

  • Wet weather woes continue

    As the door closes on one of the weirdest – and wettest – planting seasons in recent memory, Ron Marshel offered an assessment of the situation.