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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    Caring & Sharing to give 410 baskets

    More than 400 Fayette County families will have a brighter Christmas this year because of the work of Caring & Sharing.

    "Times are tough, but the people of Fayette County have responded generously once again," said Marlys Hayner, one of the organization's founders, who continues to help with the annual collection of food and Christmas presents for needy families in the area.

  • Area food pantries seek donations to meet needs

    Area food pantries are running low on supplies as winter weather sets in and more people are finding their resources dwindling.
    "We're seeing a lot of unemployment," said Janet Wise, outreach coordinator of the  Vandalia CEFS office. "That includes people who have lost their job and seasonal employees who can't work because of the weather."
    She said that CEFS served 422 households (representing 1,018 individuals) in November – the highest monthly total of the year.

  • Satan's tactics aren't fair in war on believers

    My youngest son, Casey, called me from Ft. Bliss, Texas, a couple of days ago to talk about some bad news he had received.
    He discovered that some soldiers from his former unit of the 101st Airborne Division were killed in Afghanistan last week. Two of them were close friends of his – having served with them two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He told me that what troubled him the most was the circumstances surrounding their deaths – they were shot by an Afghan police recruit they were training!

  • Christmastime in Vandalia
  • Vandalia hosts heritage coalition meeting

    Though Congress established a 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area more than two years ago, a series of public meetings was held in Vandalia and four other Illinois cities last week to determine what to do with that designation.
    In Vandalia, the meeting last Thursday allowed public officials and interested citizens to learn more about the heritage area concept and brainstorm about Vandalia’s part in it.

  • Judge Schwarm receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    S. Gene Schwarm, resident circuit judge for Fayette County and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at its Midyear Meeting last Friday at a noon luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
    Schwarm received the award in recognition of his many years of devotion to promoting a strong and independent judiciary and in appreciation for his time and valuable contributions to the Illinois judiciary.

  • Slow starts doom Lady Vandals in two losses

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team scored no more than 20 points in the first half of losses to Neoga and Hillsboro last week.

    Against Hillsboro last Thursday, the Vandals fell behind 30-14 at halftime. They did score 25 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit in a 60-52 loss.

    On Saturday, Vandalia traveled to Neoga and held a 20-18 halftime lead, but the Indians scored 36 second-half points en route to a 54-44 win.

  • Farm Briefs

    'Women in Ag' gives girls career options

    Illinois Agri-Women will host its second annual “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” career event on Friday, March 4, in Bloomington.

  • Website adds content from AgriCharts

     AgriCharts, the agricultural division of Barchart.com Inc., which provides market data, agribusiness website hosting and technology solutions to the agricultural industry, today announced that farmdoc, a University of Illinois Extension project started in 1999, has added market data, news and weather provided by AgriCharts to its website (www.farmdoc.illinois.edu).

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau Recognized

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau was honored for its achievements during 2010 at the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The local group was recognized with a gold award for achieving its membership quota and a bronze award for its efforts to promote ag literacy. Fayette County Farm Bureau President Ken Cripe, right, accepted the award from Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson, left. The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers that represents about two-thirds of Illinois farmers.