Today's News

  • Spend time with Jesus – pray as you work and play

    “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

  • CRP signup continues through June 14

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently reminded farmers and ranchers that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup period that will end on June 14.

  • SIU-C releases 'Saluki' disease-resistant soybean

    Midwestern soybean farmers looking for a high-yield variety with built-in disease resistance will soon have a new option – Saluki 4313, developed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
    Stella K. Kantartzi, associate professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems and principal investigator in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Lab, said the SIU Soybean Germplam and Variety Committee recently approved the variety’s release.

  • Heavy rains limit fieldwork in past week

    Heavy rains fell across most of the state last week, hindering planting progress and affecting crop conditions.
    Statewide, total precipitation averaged 3.70 inches, with some regions receiving close to 4.5 inches. With excessive rains causing flooding across the state, many fields are likely to require replanting.
    Localized severe weather caused damage to buildings and trees in various locations, while dumping several    inches of rain.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 69 degrees for the week, 1.7 degrees above normal.

  • Banners promote safety on rural roads

    With this year’s prolonged planting season keeping the county’s farmers traveling to and from their fields, the Fayette County Farm Bureau and other organizations are reminding motorists of the dangers of sharing the roads with oversized agricultural equipment.

  • Legion Auxiliary meets on June 20

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Legion Home.
    Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    All members are encouraged to attend.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is this Sunday at Ponderosa

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Those planning to attend are asked to gather in the Lincoln Room at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    All students of Shobonier School, former residents of Shobonier and those with strong ties to Shobonier are encouraged to attend. Each person is responsible for his or her lunch.
    A short business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a special memorial for those who died in 2012.

  • Amateur radio Field Day will be held June 22-23

    On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for members of the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club as they gear up to celebrate Amateur Radio Week, June 22-23.
    During Amateur Radio Week, enthusiasts will put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio.

  • Deem – 50 years

    Rod and Sharon Deem of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    The Deems, who met while Rod was teaching in Altamont, were married on June 2, 1963, in Altamont.

  • Howard – 50 years

    Ronnie and Mary Howard will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15.
    A special, early celebration was held at the Wisconsin Dells.

    Ronnie and Mary were married on June 15, 1963, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.
    They are the parents of two sons: Matthew and his wife Rhonda, and Jeffery and his wife Chris.
    They have six grandchildren: Brady, Madison, Maisie, Courtney, Brandi, and Jacqulyn and her husband Jordan Grace.