Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, April 3
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 10.
    • The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of God at 3002 Thrill Hill Road in Vandalia.
    Saturday, April 5
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

  • Illinois: Corn acres down 1 percent, beans up 1 percent

    Illinois corn growers  intend to plant 11.9 million acres of corn in 2014, down 1 percent from 2013.
    Soybean planted area is expected to total 9.5 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year.
    Sorghum is expected to be planted in 30,000 acres, up 30 percent from 2013.
    Winter wheat area seeded last fall is estimated at 740,000 acres, down 15 percent from the previous year.
    The area planted to oats is expected to total 35,000 acres, down 12 percent from 2013.

  • Big year ahead for soybeans

    Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 81.5 million acres of soybeans in 2014, up 6 percent from last year and an all-time record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

  • Hitting the Fields – and the Roads

    With the arrival of warmer and dryer weather, farmers have been in the fields this past week doing tillage work and applying anhydrous ammonia.

    The beginning of fieldwork means that motorists will be more likely to encounter tractors as they move to the fields. Use caution, and give them plenty of room.

  • Cool spring temperatures continuing

    Early spring temperatures were cool throughout the state for the month of March.
    Many farmers were moving machinery out of storage and getting it ready for the season.
    Temperatures averaged 33.3 degrees, which is 7.6 degrees below normal.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 1.49 inches, 1.61 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture was rated at 2 percent very short, 15 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 29 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

  • Farm Briefs

    Illinois to receive specialty crop grants

      The Illinois Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for federal specialty crop grants.
    The agency has been notified that Illinois will receive a share of the funds and will be instructed to begin the proposal selection process. The exact amount of the award has not been determined.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 25 years ago, shows two cousins.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County Hospital and Christian Health Care Services signed a five-year agreement.
    Helen Meseke was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – After a three-hour,  closed-session meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to re-employ 16 first- and second-year teachers for the 1984-85 school year.

  • Levi Davis was a friend of Lincoln

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back,  I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale – from antiques and collectibles to cars.

  • How much are our schools worth?

    Last Thursday’s fundraising concert by the Vandalia School District bands was a feel-good evening that showcased the musical talents of students in the junior high and high school. From top to bottom, the students demonstrated their talent and love for music.