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Today's News

  • Meals In The ... Shed

    Farm Credit Services last week sponsored a meal on the farm of Lynn Wollerman, in first photo, northwest of Vandalia.

    The "Meals in the Fields" program provides a meal to give farmers a break during harvest activities. With crops maturing late this year, however, the meal was served in Wollerman's shed instead of in the field, since he hadn't started harvesting yet. Farm Credit Services provided more than 100 meals around the state.

  • Corn, bean stocks down 17 percent

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service this week reported that on Sept. 1, there were 824 million bushels of old crop corn and 141 million bushels of old crop soybeans in storage. Corn and soybean stocks stored in all positions were down 17 percent from 2012, according to the quarterly grain stocks report.

  • Volley for the Cure match is Thursday

    VANDALIA – One of the most anticipated dates on Vandalia’s volleyball schedule is finally here.

    On Thursday, the Lady Vandals will host Greenville in the annual Volley for a Cure match, and a couple of recent bouts with cancer have made this year’s game even more special for Vandalia.

    Brad Leiken, the father of 2013 graduate and standout volleyball player RaeChelle Leiken, died from cancer on July 15, and as a friend to many of the volleyball players on this season’s team, the game will have some extra emotion attached to it for many.

  • National Co-op Month

    GROWMARK, FS and other cooperatives across the United States are celebrating cooperative enterprise and the contributions cooperatives make to social and economic development as part of National Co-op Month in October.
    This year’s theme is “Collaborate, Communicate, Cooperate,” reflecting the benefits that arise from collaboration – the sharing of ideas, resources and capital, which helps individuals accomplish more together than they would on their own.

  • Temps up, precip down as Illinois harvest begins

    Above average temperatures and minimal precipitation last week allowed many producers to continue harvesting corn, soybeans and sorghum.
    Temperatures averaged 64.6 degrees for the week, 3.3 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation across the state averaged 0.28 inches, 0.47 inches below normal.
    There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 21 percent very short, 49 percent short and 30 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated at 24 percent very short, 45 percent short and 31 percent adequate.

  • Vandals off to Hillsboro this Friday

    No matter which team wins this Friday night, it will be a big deal.

    If the Vandals get a win at Hillsboro, it will be the first of the season, giving them a boost heading into the last set of home games in weeks seven and eight.

    If the Hiltoppers get a win, it will be their third of the season, putting them into prime playoff positioning.

    Either way, there will probably again be plenty of offense in week six.

  • Behrends sets program record with 22 Ks vs. Patoka

    VANDALIA – Senior Jacob Behrends had the best pitching performance of his career in leading Brownstown/St. Elmo to an upset win in the title game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament.

    Behrends struck out a program-record 22 batters during a 3-0 win against the top-seeded Warriors, leaving both coaches in the game unsure of how to adequately describe his outing.

    “He was something else tonight,” said Patoka coach Joey Eddy. “We have hit him in the past, but I have never seen him like that.

  • Big plays continue, but Vandals remain winless

    LITCHFIELD – For the second straight game, the Vandals gained more than 400 yards of offense, but it again wasn’t enough to keep up with Litchfield’s balanced attack.

    Purple Panthers quarterback Alex Hull threw for six touchdowns last Friday, and Litchfield forced several turnovers during a 46-34 win that keeps the Vandals searching for the first win of the season and knocks them out of postseason contention.

  • South Central wins 2nd consecutive NTC title

    It never seems to matter if South Central has to overhaul its roster after losing several players to graduation, the wins seem to come.

    Such was the case last Thursday when the Cougars wrapped up their second straight National Trail Conference regular-season championship with an 8-5 win against Neoga.

    Three players hit home runs during the game, which gives South Central two regular-season conference titles in two years of being in the conference since switching from the Midland Trail Conference prior to last season.

  • Another GRANDE Levée