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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 18

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a family flu shot clinic from 2:45-3:45 p.m. at the FCHD office, 509 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. Appointments are required; call 283-1044.

  • Veterans Day Program

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia held a Veterans Day program last Thursday at the Legion Home.

  • Location of Vosholler services changed

    The location for services for Tamara Vosholler, 16, of rural Vernon, has been changed.

    Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Patoka, with the Rev. David Rogers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at Day Funeral Home in Patoka. Memorials: Vandalia Community High School wrestling team. Online condolences may be made at www.dayfuneralhomes.com.

  • Depot burns early Thursday

    For the second time in a little more than three years, The Depot Restaurant was destroyed by fire.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to The Depot, located at 107 S. Sixth St. in Vandalia, at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning after Dennis Grubaugh smelled smoke and noticed that the building was on fire.

    Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke pouring from the eaves on numerous sides of the building. The fire broke through the roof within 30 minutes.

    Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters were called to provide mutual aid assistance.

  • Ben Forbis part of team for church addition

    “Many hands make light work” is an old adage that, according to Ben Forbis, chairman of the Emmanual Methodist Church Board, is true … to some extent.
    As the poem that accompanies this story indicates, the church stands on the prairie land in Sefton, north of Brownstown, as it has for over a century.
    In these days of extravagant, beautiful and ornate buildings, part of the charm of the Emmanuel Church in its country setting is the refreshing simplicity, which it has retained all these many years.

  • School board supports putting new 1% tax before voters

    Following the lead of the three other school districts in the county, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of allowing voters to decide whether to approve a countywide 1 percent retail sales tax that would benefit the school districts.
    The lone dissenting vote came from Jay Smith.