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Today's News

  • Crop predictions

    The Illinois field office of NASS this week released the USDA’s May Crop Report. Highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS

  • Corn planting starts in some parts of state

    Farmers in Northern and Eastern Illinois last week were able to plant corn where soils were dry enough.
    Little progress was made across the rest of the state as farmers were sidelined waiting for saturated soils to dry.
    Rains fell again late in the week, stalling any drying that had occurred. The heaviest rainfall totals fell over the south central portions of the state, where more than an inch was received. In other areas of the state, totals were generally less than an inch.

  • Finally!

    After a welcome break from this spring's rainy patterns, Fayette County farmers finally got into the fields to begin preparations for planting.

    In this photo, taken Tuesday night in a field in the Shafter area, one employee of Lay Farms works up the soil while another follows immediately after with the planter.

  • Battle of the Bots

    It was a tournament bracket like those used for baseball, basketball or softball competitions. But the competitors were not individuals or teams, but robots.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Mother’s Tea
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter accompanied Mary Harpster to the Mother’s Tea hosted by Lutheran Care Center last Friday.
    Entertainment and light refreshments were provided.
    Card Shower
    Mary Harpster will celebrate her 82nd birthday on May 16.
    If you would like to send her a card, the address is:  Mary Harpster c/o Lutheran Care Center, 702 W. Cumberland, Altamont, Ill.  62411.
    Death
    Leona Gehle, 86, formerly of Kinmundy, died on May 6 at Evergreen Nursing Center in Effingham.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    “Sneaky Pete,” the wily wolf, or a Coy Coyote?
    Late Saturday afternoon, “Katy,” the black lab/blue heeler (?), began barking excitedly as she looked toward the girls’ (Rhonda and Blackie) chicken roost. Glancing out the kitchen window and not seeing anything, I dismissed it as some little critter that was visiting the yard.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 16
    • National Nursing Home Week is being observed by Friendship Manor Nursing Home, and a homemade ice cream social will be at 2:30 p.m.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Friday, May 17
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 10 a.m. at the Tuscola Health Care and at 2 p.m. at the Arcola Health Care.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M . Jett
    A beautiful spring day set the tone for Monday's Evergreen Outreach meeting. Our pianist (Donna Smith) welcomed everyone, and the extra giant jumbo chocolate chip cookies, some with icing, were provided by Phyllis Rames. The Rev. James Fackler (with his joke book) was our leader, and we sang our traditional "Welcome" and "EO" songs.

  • PTSD support group to be started in Vandalia

    By Rev. Carl Rhodes
    Attention all combat veterans! It should come as no surprise to you that there are many military veterans within our community suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – the same disorder many of you experienced after returning from war. As you can attest, if this disorder is left untreated, PTSD can destroy lives – the life of the individual suffering the disorder and the life of anyone close to them.

  • For spiritual health, avoid 'junk food religion'

    We all know that a diet rich in junk food is very unhealthy.  We know that such a diet is a leading cause of obesity in our country.