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Today's News

  • VJHS Band Honorees

    Eight of the Vandalia Junior High School band students who were selected for the IMEA District 5 Honor Band at Eastern Illinois University are shown above. In front, from left to right, are: Ashley Bauer, French horn; Hannah Blythe, flute; Morgan Hall, tuba; Taylor Ingram, flute; and Jake Hathaway, piccolo. In back are Bryce Dickenson, trombone; Jonathan Torbeck, percussion; and Joe Meyer, baritone. Not present for the photo were: Johanna Walton, clarinet; and Cole Haynes, trumpet. Sara Berg is the VJHS band instructor.

  • VCHS Band Honorees

  • Frogtown News

    Christmas Gathering
    The family of the late Walter and Agnes Lotz celebrated Christmas on Dec. 19 at the home of Ed and Doris Young. Present were: Ed and June Opfer, David and Connie Feather, Jonathan Feather and friend Ami, Craig and Amy Opfer, Jason Opfer, Larry and Bev Lotz, Jason, Kellly, Lauren and Logan Lotz, Jamie, Emily, Andrew and Evan Lotz,  Jeff, Jeana and Krista Lotz, and John and Carissa Lotz. Unable to attend were Cindi Lotz, Tyson Lotz, Tessa Opfer, and Nicole Opfer and fiancé Blake Doehring.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Reprieve From Cooking, Dish Washing, Sweeping, Etc., Etc.
    When Bill’s sister, Ava Taylor, called with an invitatiton to eat with her at Los Amigos, her treat, Bill got a reprieve from his household chores since the “broken ankle-can’t stand on it long without crutches-so-can’t stand-over-hot-stove-and-cook-or-wash-dishes” incident.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., at the Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, Jan. 6
    • Epiphany day.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. Erna Koontz is hostess.
    • The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Jan. 6, 2010

    By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma

  • Church Briefs

    Wild game meal at Brownstown church

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host its fourth annual wild game supper on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 5:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to bring a wild game dish and other food.

  • View life's ups and downs with a cheerful heart

    I ran an errand early on the Sunday morning before Christmas. The light snow falling created a picturesque scene. I stepped on the sidewalk in front of a home and took one step. The next thing was a blur of coat and me hitting the sidewalk. I think the older I get, the harder I fall. I laid there for a minute, and then began to smile. I hope someone, anyone who saw this got a good laugh. My pride was hurt the worst, and then, a few hours later, other aches and pains began to settle in.

  • USDA reports more diversification in the nation's horticulture operations

    The sales of food crops grown under protection in the United States more than doubled in the last decade as U.S. horticultural operations are becoming more diverse and taking advantage of newly emerging agricultural trends, according to results of the 2009 Census of Horticultural Specialties released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

  • CRP celebrates 25 years

    Agriculture officials recently observed the 25th anniversary of the program that has protected farmland from erosion.
    Signed into law as a part of the Food Security Act of 1985, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was designed to protect highly erodible land.