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Today's News

  • St. Elmo Area News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

     

  • Farm Briefs

    GROWMARK aid to Lucas Benning

    Lucas Benning, an agronomy management major at Illinois State University, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from  GROWMARK, Inc. He is the son of Carl and Karen Benning of Shobonier.

    This year, the regional agricultural supply and grain marketing cooperative presented 39 scholarships, totaling $41,500, to students majoring in agriculture or accounting from 14 colleges and universities.

  • Illinois grain stocks down from 2009

    Corn stocks in all positions in Illinois on Sept. 1 totaled 246.3 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year’s stocks of 298.9 million bushels. Off-farm stocks, at 206.3 million bushels, accounted for 84 percent of the total. The indicated disappearance from all positions for the June-August quarter was 519 million bushels, up slightly from the same time a year ago.

  • One More Cutting

    Ashley Snow is shown on Monday raking this season's third cutting of hay on land owned by David and Ruth Stone. The field is located about five miles west of Vandalia. Recent weather has been good for harvest activities as well as baling hay. 

  • Harvest in high gear

    As farmers flipped the calendar to October last week, it must have seemed strange. Unlike last year, when they’d hardly gotten into the fields by Oct. 1, many county producers now have nearly 90 percent of their corn in the bin.
    Though there’s still some corn out there, it’s getting harder and harder to spot. And farmers have put a big dent in their soybean acres, as well.
    “The last four years have been strange,” said Ron Marshel, Fayette County Farm Bureau manager. “We don’t know what normal is anymore.”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Oct. 7, 2010

    • Kenneth D. McNish, 36, Alton, was arrested on Oct. 5 for failure to appear in court in Effingham and Montgomery counties. Bond was $5,500.
    • Jerrod A. Long, 31, 1322 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 4 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 4 on charges of aggravated battery, criminal damage to property more than $300 and possession of tobacco by a minor. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, October 7

  • Ramsey plays at Pana Tournament

    Ramsey's Morgan Miller attempts a block against the Taylorville JV team at the Pana Tournament on Saturday. At the tournament, Ramsey defeated Sullivan (25-17, 25-12) but fell to Pana (25-9, 25-20), Argenta (25-19, 25-10) and the Taylorville JV team (21-25, 25-19, 17-25).

  • Vandalia golf results (Sept. 30)

    Thursday, Sept. 30
    at Raymond

    Raymond - 173
    Vandalia - 176
    Pana - 208
    Individual scores – Blake Swofford, 38; Zach Reiss, 45; Josh Lawson, 46; Dalton Forehand, 47.

  • St. Elmo falls in MTC Tournament

    NTC Tourney First-Round
    Friday, Oct. 1
    St. Elmo at Dieterich
    Dieterich 12
    St. Elmo 2

    Tenth-seeded St. Elmo was eliminated from the National Trail Conference fall baseball tournament on Friday, falling to Dieterich, 12-2.

    Woodsen Savage had two singles and drove in both of St. Elmo's runs in the top of the first. Connor Beasley took the loss.

    St. Elmo was 8-13 for the season.