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Today's News

  • SEB wins high-scoring affair in opener

    The St. Elmo/Brownstown junior high softball team showed off its offensive abilities on Monday, knocking off Ramsey, 12-7, in the season-opener.

    Katelyn Maxey had three hits, three runs and an RBI to pace the Jr. Lady Eagles (1-0), and Audrey Reynolds had two singles and two runs.

    Payton Hoopingarner added a single, two RBI and two runs.

    Ramsey took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but SEB stormed back for two runs in the bottom of the frame and one in the bottom of the second.

  • VFOD men's slo-pitch softball (Aug. 11-12)

    Top-seeded Roger Craig Welding won the inaugural double-elimination championship tournament of the Vandalia Field of Dreams men’s slo-pitch softball league.

    Second-seeded BCH Auto Detailing beat RCW, 9-8, in the championship game, but because that was RCW’s first loss of the tournament, the two teams matched up again, with RCW earning a 14-2 victory.

  • Fayette County Speedway (Aug. 8)

    UMP MODIFIED DIVISION
    Pos.     Car No.     Driver                       Points
    1     25C     CRAIG KERN         1050
    2     N59     CHAD EVANS         799
    3     BUD 1     LARRY ANDERSON     719

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Church Briefs

    Center Pointe Church to hold flea market

    Center Pointe Church will sponsor an outdoor flea market this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the church building (the former Rural King store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia).
    There is a small fee for those wanting to set up a booth.
    All proceeds from the sale will be used either for remodeling the building or for youth activities.
    For more information, call Allan at 423-2815 after 6 p.m.

    Steve Ladd at Liberty Christian Aug. 16

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M.  Jett
    Surprise, surprise, surprise! This is what our leader, Beulah Brown, deals with best! Her kindness and patience show through adversity (such as, when people don't show up).

  • Take time during busy summer months to be still

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10).

  • Dry conditions continue

    Dry conditions continued throughout the state last week. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.28 inches, 0.51 inches below normal for the week ending Aug. 3.
    Average temperature was 69.3 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal.
    Corn in the dough stage was rated at 55 percent, compared to the five-year average of 47 percent. Corn condition was rated at 81 percent good to excellent.

  • Record yields possible again, experts say

    Farmers are gearing up for a record corn and soybean harvest this fall, if the weather holds for the rest of the growing season, according to results of the latest Farm Futures survey.
    Corn production could hit 14.331 billion bushels this fall – nearly 3 percent more than the  record-setting harvest in 2013. Average yields of 171.06 bushels per acre appear possible nationwide, also a record after a summer marked by cool temperatures.

  • Forage Expo

    Fayette County dairy farmer Tony Snow recently hosted the semiannual Illinois Forage Expo on his farm northeast of Mulberry Grove.