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Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    'Women in Ag' gives girls career options

    Illinois Agri-Women will host its second annual “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” career event on Friday, March 4, in Bloomington.

  • Website adds content from AgriCharts

     AgriCharts, the agricultural division of Barchart.com Inc., which provides market data, agribusiness website hosting and technology solutions to the agricultural industry, today announced that farmdoc, a University of Illinois Extension project started in 1999, has added market data, news and weather provided by AgriCharts to its website (www.farmdoc.illinois.edu).

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau Recognized

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau was honored for its achievements during 2010 at the recent annual meeting of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The local group was recognized with a gold award for achieving its membership quota and a bronze award for its efforts to promote ag literacy. Fayette County Farm Bureau President Ken Cripe, right, accepted the award from Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson, left. The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers that represents about two-thirds of Illinois farmers.

  • Agriculture in Classroom materials going high-tech

    What do soybeans and smart boards have in common? A new, high-tech curriculum from Illinois Agriculture In the Classroom, is designed to use farm-based themes to teach grade-school children, as well as help fourth- and sixth-grade students prepare for their Illinois Standards Achievement Tests.

  • Seven file for aldermanic seats in Vandalia

    Seven individuals ­– including three incumbents – wasted no time in getting on the ballot for Vandalia’s municipal election in the spring.
    The filing period for the spring election got under way on Monday morning, and right away, an aldermanic race was formed in one of Vandalia’s four wards.
    Up for election in the spring are four four-year terms, one in each of the wards, and a two-year term in Ward IV.
    In Ward I, those filing petitions included incumbent Bret Brosman, Jason Paslay and Kenneth Hubler.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Dec. 16, 2010

    • Joshua D. Wilson, 36, Cowden, was arrested on Dec. 13 for failure to appear in court on a charge of allowing a dog to run at large. Bond was $2,500.
    • Timothy D. Cox, 20, 105 S. First St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 13 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, resisting a peace officer and using an unlawful license plate. Bond was $3,000.
    • Gerald R. Stine, 18, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 12 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and improper lane usage. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, December 17

  • Eastern Illinois University to hold Christmas baseball camp

    Eastern Illinois University baseball coach Jimmy Schmitz is holding a Christmas baseball camp at the EIU Lantz Fieldhouse.
    The camp will run from Dec. 28-30, and players may commute or stay overnight at the Worthington Inn.
    Schmitz is running a total skills camp for players in grades 5-12, and the cost is $225 for commuters and $275 for players who choose to stay overnight. Meals are included.
    For more information about the camp, interested players should call Schmitz at, 217-581-7283 (office) or 217-962-0245 (cell), or e-mail jwconrad@eiu.edu.

  • Vandalia Jr. wrestlers go to Highland Howl Tourney

    The Vandalia Jr. Wresting Club traveled to the Highland Howl Tournament last Saturday.
    The club is hosting a 10-and-under tournament at Vandalia Elementary School on Saturday at 9 a.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 11
    at Highland
    6-and-under
    First place – Connor Ray
    7- and 8-year-olds
    First place – Markus Isaiah
    First place – Anthony Enlow
    Second place – Jarck Wehrle
    Third place – Kyle Miller
    Fourth place – Hobie Booker
    Fifth place – Gavin Mouser

  • Fayette County hunters take nearly 500 deer in second season

    There were 492 deer killed in Fayette County during the second firearm season and 1,907 during the 2010 season, according to totals released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    One hundred and fifty-one fewer deer were killed in the county in the two seasons, from Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, than were killed during last year’s deer season.

    Statewide, 98,700 deer were killed, a decrease of 719. In the second season, 30,663 deer were killed, a decrease of 2,630 from last year.