Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Night Woods Critters are active
    With all the rains, which soften and muddy the yard, we are seeing tracks of various little night critters who come out of the woods at night.
    The Homestead Security Team of Katy, the black Lab/blue heeler mix, and Josie, the 13-year-old “puppy,” don’t really patrol diligently, or even together, but each responds to the presence of woods critters in their own way.  

  • Frogtown News

    Celebrate Anniversary
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 11. They enjoyed dinner at Red Lobster that evening.
    The couple ordered anniversary rings, and are waiting for their delivery.
    Weekend Visitors
    Mahala Harpster of Village Ridge, Mo., spent the weekend at the home of her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., came to visit them on Sunday.
    Father’s Day Guests

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, June 20
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school Class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Friday, June 21
    • Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School for children pre-K through fifth grade, 6:15-8:15 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church at 112 W. Sixth St. Youngsters can register at the door. Those needing a ride may call 829-5050 or 267-4770.

  • Farm Briefs

    McDowell competes in auctioneer contest
    Andrew McDowell of Vandalia, competed in the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest last Friday in Montgomery, Ala.
    The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), in conjunction with its annual meeting and is held at various markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.
    McDowell is sponsored by Greenville Livestock Auction, which is Illinois’ largest livestock auction market. Owned by J.R. Hugo, and Travis and Shaina Diekemper, it is a second-generation, family owned business.

  • Soil moisture remains above normal

    Soil moisture levels remained slightly above normal for the middle of June in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.

  • Corn planting complete, beans near 90 percent

    With corn planting nearing completion, many farmers were able to move their focus to soybean planting, causing a noticeable 28 percent increase in soybeans planted this week.
    Due to frequent showers in some parts of the state, some farmers were scrambling to get hay cut and baled. Precipitation averaged 0.98 inches across the state, right in line with normal.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 72.8 degrees for the week, 1.0 degree above normal.
    There were 4.90 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • Another Rain Delay

    Last weekend's rains put a halt to fieldwork in most of Fayette County.

    Before those showers came, area farmers had virtually completed their corn planting, and were well into soybean planting. Statewide, 90 percent of the beans are in the ground, and 67 percent have emerged. The rig pictured above sits near a field just north of Vandalia – just waiting for the soil to dry.

  • Wheat projected at 64 bushels per acre; all-farm price index up 2 points
  • Soroptimists Beautify Downtown Vandalia

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia has again enhanced the downtown district by planting flowers in barrels in front of businesses.

    In the first photo, from left, Joanna Helm, Amber Miller and Megan McCarty plant flowers in front of Helm's business, Words, Wicks and Wood. In the second photo, from left to right, Soroptimist members Angela Graves, Marion Shroyer, Marilyn Cole, Teresa Walker and Cheryl England are shown on a planting day.

  • Tools for School drive under way

    Once again the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to students who need help in Fayette County only, is under way.
    The first step is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicate their students need.
    Those who wish to donate supplies, may contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, 283-0927, to see what is needed.