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Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, May 4
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.

  • Old Capitol View will open Thursday

    Old Capital View Restaurant & Lounge, located at 401 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will officially open its doors for business at 11 a.m. this Thursday.
    The  business’s specialty is “homemade everything.” They will feature a lunch buffet and a complete menu with entrée choices featuring beef, pork, chicken, pasta and seafood, as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and a complete line of desserts.

  • Wet soils impact anhydrous application

    Wet soil conditions are causing concern for anhydrous ammonia application this spring, said Fabian Fernandez, University of Illinois Extension specialist in soil fertility and plant nutrition.
    Anhydrous ammonia is the most widely used nitrogen fertilizer source in Illinois. In order for this fertilizer to be effective, good soil moisture conditions are necessary, Fernandez said.
    Ideal soil conditions are about 15-20 percent moisture. Within these moisture levels, a fine-textured soil, such as silty clay loam, feels slightly moist.

  • Planting delays prompt changes

     As the planting delay lengthens, many farmers are wondering if they should switch crops from corn to soybeans, and if they should change corn hybrids from earlier to later ones.
    “We’re ahead of the rest of the Corn Belt, but with only about 10 percent planted in April, it’s a disappointing start after the dry weather in early April,” said Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension agronomist.

  • Wet weather stalls planting

    For the second week in a row, cool temperatures, moist conditions and heavy rains have kept seeding and other field activities on hold across the state.
    A few areas were able to get out into the field on Sunday evening. The statewide average temperature was 1.2 degrees below normal, at 55.4 degrees.
    Average precipitation for the state was 2.34 inches. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches. Saturated fields and flooding have been a problem at some locations, especially along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.  

  • Cicadas ready to emerge after 13-year absence

    For the past 13 years, cicada nymphs have been underground, feeding on tree and shrub roots, but according to University of Illinois entomologist James Appleby, they will be emerging very soon, and when they do, you’ll know it because you’ll hear them singing.

  • Flooding continues

    Area farmers are feeling the impact of an exceptionally wet spring, This field, located southeast of Vandalia along U.S. Route 51, remains flooded, even though the Kaskaskia River level is finally dropping. The wet conditions are causing farmers to consider switching to late-season corn hybrids, or possibly planting soybeans instead of corn.

  • Soroptimists to hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is pageant call-in day

    This Saturday is the call-in day to sign up for this year's pageants at the Fayette County Fair.
    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents ages 5-7 as of July 11. To enter a girl in the pageant, call 427-3762, beginning at 9 a.m. The first 20 contestants will be accepted; no early calls will be accepted.

  • REMINDER – It's Cleanup Week in Vandalia

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items this week during the city’s annual Cleanup Week.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.