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Today's News

  • Farm Bureau identifies key ag issues

    The resolutions committee of the Illinois Farm Bureau met July 7-8 in Bloomington to consider a number of policy proposals that had been submitted by county farm bureaus.
    Serving on the resolutions is Ken Cripe, president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
    Among the issues being considered are those relating to labor, agriculture education, renewable fuels and utilities. All of the committee's actions will be forwarded to county farm bureaus for their input and consideration.

  • Crop yield estimates

    The 2010 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 180 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year’s yield and equal to the record yield set in 2004.
    Production of corn for grain would be 2.23 billion bushels, up 9 percent from 2009. Favorable conditions led to very early planting dates, followed by generally good growing weather with mostly adequate rainfall, although temperatures were excessive.

  • Farm Briefs

    County crop survey will be held Aug. 31

    Fayette County Farm Bureau will host its annual crop survey on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

    On that day, teams composed of farmers, bankers, agribusiness workers and the media will be dispatched throughout the county to check on the progress of area corn and soybean crops.

    This year, the survey will begin with a breakfast at the Vandalia Country Club at 8:30 a.m. The survey itself will last   two to three hours.

  • Evergreen Outreach-Aug 19, 2010

    By Pat Rhodes

    Monday was one of the most pleasant days we have had in several weeks. The high temperature for the day was only 86 degrees, a cold wave compared to what we have had here lately.
    Evergreen Outreach has been meeting at Fayette County Long Term Care this summer, and will continue to do so for the rest of this month while renovations to First United Methodist Church's Wesley Hall are completed.

  • New Parkview pastor a 'second career guy'

    Though John Glennon classifies himself as a “second-career guy” when it comes to his calling as a minister, his enthusiasm for his work is second-to-none.
    The new minister at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia has indeed taken a circuitous route to his work in the ministry – earning a mortuary science degree and then working as a manufacturing engineer before feeling the call to the ministry.
    But it wasn’t a smooth ride.

  • Believers must be able to state beliefs precisely

    By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • Frogtown News-Aug 19, 2010

    By Belinda Harpster

  • Brownstown-Sefton News--Aug. 19, 2010

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • St. Elmo News-Aug, 19, 2010

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured about 55 years ago, all grew up in Vandalia. The girl on the left was an Army wife and now lives in Lebanon, the girl in the center has been a familiar face around Fayette County Hospital and the boy on the right deals in antiques.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Larry Peyton.