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Today's News

  • Friends and Families of FCH holding raffle

    Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital has begun selling tickets for its annual meat raffle.
    The grand prize of the raffle is a $500 bundle of meat from Givens Meat Shop. Two other prizes of $250 worth of meat also will be awarded at a drawing that will be held on Dec. 14.

  • News Briefs

    Merchants Co-op plan weekend event

    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op will sponsor a two-day shopping event this weekend, with specials in participating stores and a live reindeer Friday evening.
    The promotion, called Winter Wonderland, will be held as a part of the Olde Tyme Christmas event in Vandalia. Winter Wonderland runs from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

  • School Menus

    BROWNSTOWN
    Elementary
    Breakfast
    Monday, Nov. 22 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Tuesday, Nov. 23 – Breakfast pizza.
    Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Choice of cereal, toast and jelly.   
    Thursday, Nov. 25 – No school.   
    Friday, Nov. 26 – No school.
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Lunch
    Monday, Nov. 22 – Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, California blend, pear slices, bread and milk.    

  • VCHS Talent Show

    First photo: Bailey Jones, left, and Matt Grove won first place in the 2010 Vandalia Community High School Talent Show on Friday night.

    Second photo: A musical group comprised of Chad Harrison (right), Amy Cox and Braden Henry placed second in the VCHS Talent Show. Whitney Newsom and Lexi Perkins placed third. Ellie Ehrat and Jaicob Arndt  served as hosts for the show, which featured 10 acts.

  • Honor Rolls

    St. Peter Lutheran School
    First Quarter
    High Honors
    FIFTH GRADE
    Adrianne Herbert,
    Honors
    FIFTH GRADE
    Baylie Maske,
    SIXTH GRADE
    Emily Chapman, Kacie Crain and Caleb Harpster,
    SEVENTH GRADE
    Tresston Bahde, Kinsyl Bell, Dakota Bockstruck, Brett Harmeier, Lauren Lotz and Deidra Schaal,
    EIGHTH GRADE
    Alexis Harpster,
    Straight A’s
    FIFTH GRADE
    Karsyn Garrison,
    SIXTH GRADE
    Rachel Bray and Hannah Rubin,
    EIGHTH GRADE

  • GROWMARK sponsoring essay contest

     The theme for the 2011 GROWMARK essay contest is: “The Importance of Agriculture in Everyday Life.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 18th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • ACRE payments to producers started

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started issuing an estimated $420 million in 2009 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments to producers enrolled in the program for wheat, corn, barley, dry peas, grain sorghum, lentils, oats, peanuts, soybeans and upland cotton.

  • Price of farmland stays strong in downturn

    Unlike many other assets whose values have tanked this past year, farmland prices have not fallen during the recent troubled economic times.
    A recent University of Illinois report examined this phenomenon. The report is an installment of Farm Economics Facts and Opinions, and is posted on the University of Illinois farmdoc website.

  • Birthday

    Dave Crye
    A party to celebrate the 80th birthday of Dave Crye of Vandalia will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.
    The party will be held in the banquet room at Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia. Those attending are asked to park on the west side of the building.
     

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 18, 2010

    • Broc A. Young, 25, Effingham, was arrested on Nov. 16 for failure to appear in Shelby County court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Robert C. Fudge, 48, Fenton, Mo., was arrested on Nov. 16 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a chemical with the intent to create a controlled substance. Bond was $20,000, and he was being held for St. Louis County authorities.