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Today's News

  • Frogtown News

    WEEK OF JAN. 17
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 180. Organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Baylie Maske. Elders were Curtis Jenne and Charles Wachholz.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Courtney Gerstenecker
    -Trudy Huffman
    -Charlie Pryor Sr.
    -Clifford Ray
    • Those serving our country:
    -Penny Taylor Davis
    -Corey Doyen
    -Ryan Howell
    -Nathan Jones
    -Josh Meseke
    -Kyle Rose
    -Cody Smith

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Jan. 20
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class potluck, noon, in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.
    Sunday, Jan. 23
    • Historical Vandalia Inc. and the Fayette County Museum at Vandalia will have the third Season of Entertainment fundraiser, a program on the history of the DeMoulin Factory at Greenville. It will be given at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, which is handicapped accessible.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Singing in the Homestead Hen House
    In spite of the cold, one-digit temperature weather, snow, strong winds and zero egg production, the “girls” – Blackie, Fuzzy and Anita – are still singing…as early as 6 o’clock in the morning!
    Since Bill put a nightlight in their quarters to help warm the air, they seem to be feeling pretty chipper.
    I wonder if a higher-wattage bulb would bring fishing worms to the surface and maybe give a jump-start to egg production again?

  • Farm Briefs

    Jan. 31 is deadline  for livestock losses

    Qualified Illinois livestock owners with 2010 losses must file an application for payment no later than Jan. 31, according to Farm Service Agency officials.

    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible livestock owners and contract growers for eligible livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather,  including losses due to floods, blizzards, disease, wildfires, extreme heat and extreme cold.

  • Webinars to show value of social media

    Farmers and agri-business professionals in Illinois are invited to participate in a series of free, online training seminars to learn how to best use social media to engage in conversations about farming.
    Whether they are brand new to social media, or have already started using applications like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) hopes that farmers will  participate in upcoming webinars.

  • Illinois corn stocks down while beans stocks up

    ILLINOIS
    Corn stocks in Illinois on Dec. 1 totaled 1.72 billion bushels, down 8 percent from a year earlier. On-farm stocks, at 980 million bushels, accounted for 57 percent of the total stocks. Off-farm stocks, at 741 million bushels, were up 9 percent from 2009.
    Early harvest and higher prices for corn gave farmers the incentive to move the corn to market faster than usual. This was true for all grains and oil seeds this quarter.

  • A step above the competition

    A Mercer County man has earned two awards at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta.
    Rory Frick of Aledo took home the “most innovative” and “most widely usable” awards at the Farmer Idea Exchange competition at AFBF’s 92nd annual meeting for a new kind of multi-functional ladder. Each award comes with a $500 prize.

  • Church Briefs

    Men's Bible study offers military coffee
    Northside Christian Church invites men to a Bible study from  8-9 a.m. on Tuesdays, featuring "Sniper's Brew Coffee," a coffee made specially for the military.
    Start your day right – with Bible study, fellowship and great coffee. Call 283-1970 for more information.
     
    Women's study on Paul is under way
    An 11-week video study for women at Brownstown First Christian Church on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., began last week.

  • What is so valuable that you'd sell everything for it?

    What do you collect? Some collect cars, dolls, coins or toys, and I have even heard of someone who is collecting yarn to make the world’s largest yarn ball.
    In Matthew 13:45-46, Jesus tells of a merchant who searched after fine pearls. This merchant found a pearl of great value. Do you know what he did? He went and sold all that he had and bought that pearl.

  • Blood Drive Challenge