Today's News

  • Farmers urged to report losses to USDA's FSA

    Grain farmers are reminded to report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event, said Scherrie Giamanco, state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
    "Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed and could not be harvested because of a disaster-related condition," Giamanco said. "In order to meet FSA program eligibility requirements, producers must report failed acreage to the county FSA office before disposition of the crop.

  • Dought discussion meeting set for Aug. 1

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a "Drought Condition and Crop Insurance Discussion" for area farmers on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Betsy LongHorn & Cattle Family Doing Well …
    … in spite of the lack of rain and resulting condition of their Homestead pasture.
    The rain we were blessed with last week helped put a little more green in it, but it still looks parched.
    However, the Longhorns, unlike some of the other breeds, actually like the prickly weeds and dried stuff that most other cattle don’t eat.
    But, we didn’t want them to be hungry, so we visited Preacher Pete and brought a load of nice hay back to them.

  • Frogtown News

    Attends Concert
    Belinda Harpster and Sue Urban of St. Peter and Andria Cavaletto of Walnut Hill attended the American Idol Concert in St. Louis on Wednesday of last week.
    Home from Hospital
    Dane Harpster of St. Peter was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham by ambulance on Friday morning of last week. He returned home on Saturday afternoon. He was treated for heat exhaustion and severe dehydration.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, July 19
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church.
    • Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Prairieland Pickers, 7 p.m., concert on the lawn at Mason Point, 1 Masonic Way, Sullivan.
    Sunday, July 22
    • Prairieland Pickers, 12:30 p.m., Lutheran Church at Shumway.
    Monday, July 23
    • The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 19

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, July 21

    ✔ Hillsboro's 17th annual Olde Tyme Tractor Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Hillsboro Park.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin D. Wyatt, 22, Salem, was arrested on July 17 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.
    • Christopher M. Melton, 35, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on July 17 on an alleged violation of an order of protection, criminal trespass to a residence and disorderly conduct. No bond information was listed.

  • Kaskaskia College News

    Extended hours on main campus
    Kaskaskia College will hold extended hours of service on the main campus Aug. 6-31 for the convenience of students registering for fall 2012 classes.
    During this time, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Admissions and Registration, and Cashier’s offices – and the college bookstore – will be open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Fridays, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    For more information, contact the college at 545-3000.

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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young ladies, pictured in the mid-1950s, were attending 4-H camp at Allerton State Park.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia’s first city administrator, Ron Neibert, had begun work at Vandalia City Hall.
    Former Vandalia residents, Winifred and Dennis Smith,  were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.
    Members of the Vandalia Historical Society approved the incorporation of the group, a step that became necessary after local historian, Mary Burtschi, announced her wish to donate the Little Brick House to the society.