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  • Three members of family get jail time

    Three members of a Vandalia family who were taken into custody in January after the body of a Tower Hill man was found in their home were given jail time after pleading guilty last week.
    Of the three, Michael B. Cyrus, 28, received the stiffest sentence, 9½ years in prison. Sally J. Cyrus, 55, was given 120 days in jail, and William F. Cyrus, 31, was sentenced to 104 days in jail.

  • New-St. Elmo/Brownstown girls softball team begins practice

     The St. Elmo/Brownstown Jr. High girls softball practice has begun for grades 7 & 8.  Any interested 6th grade girls may also join the team.

  • Brownstown flushing hydrants Thursday and Friday

    The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday.

    Flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, so residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue of The Leader-Union that the flushing was to be done at the end of last week. We apologize for the error.

  • Monday at 10:25 a.m.: Wollerman takes oath of office

    One week after taking office, Julie Wollerman was sworn into office as the regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.

    With her family members and employees of Regional Office of Education No. 3 looking on, Wollerman took the oath of office from Judge S. Gene Schwarm, Fayette County resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.


    More photos in the Multimedia section.

  • FRIDAY: Two Route 51 meetings next week

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings in the area next week to present updates on alignments being developed for U.S. Route 51.

    The area meetings are:

    • Vernon/Patoka  6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Patoka Civic Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka.

    • Vandalia 6-8 pm. on Wednesday at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St.

    The meetings have an open-house format, with project staff to be available for discussion and questions.

  • FRIDAY: Patoka Library changes days next week

    The Patoka Public Library is changing its days of operation for the week of July 25.

    Next week, the library will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 12:30-5 p.m.

    The library is normally open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • Thursday – Treasurer, first treasury box visit Vandalia

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited the Vandalia Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon, arriving about four hours after Illinois' first treasurer money storage box and pan scales.

    Rutherford was accompanied by Linda Norbut Suits, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency curator Linda Norbut Suits, who told about the history of the money storage box.

    The treasurer's box and pan scales were taken on Wednesday afternoon back to Springfield, where they are displayed in the Old State Capitol.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Community Calendar-July 21, 2011

    Thursday, July 21

    ✔ The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday. The flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, and residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.

  • SmartSource coupons back in The L-U

    Beginning with this issue, the popular SmartSouce coupons will return to The Leader-Union.
    Each week thereafter, coupons valued at more than $100 will be inserted in the paper.
    Many subscribers will find that they can recoup the cost of The Leader-Union annual subscription in just one week of savings from manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons.
    The Leader-Union is recognized as the leading source of news and advertising information in Fayette County, and now it’s also the leader in money-saving coupons.