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  • Vandalia Idol scheduled for March

    Soroptimist of Vandalia will be holding its third Vandalia Idol contest in March.
    Vandalia Idol is a singing competition open to all ages of amateur vocalists.
    Auditions will be held on two nights, March 9 and 16, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Three finalists will be chosen each night from each of the two age groups. The finalists will be asked to return on March 23 for the finale.
    From the final 12, two Vandalia Idols and two runners-up, one from each age group, will be chosen.

  • Lincoln hat, note going on display at museum

    Nothing brings the image of Abraham Lincoln to mind better than his iconic stovepipe hat. And nothing sums up Lincoln’s beliefs better than a scrap of paper he may have stored in that battered hat.
    “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy,” the piece of paper says.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ 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.
    Sunday, January 27

  • FNB Gift to MG First Responders

    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville recently started a program called "Jeans for Charity."

  • Historical Music

    In the Fayette County Museum's third Season of Events performance, Dennis Straoughmatt of Albion played traditional music on the fiddle.

    He also talked about French history in Illinois and Missouri. The Season of Events helped raised funds for renovation to the museum.

  • New eatery fulfills pact

    The construction of a new restaurant in Vandalia will both provide a new eatery and fulfill the terms of a seven-year old agreement with the city.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that a Huddle House restaurant will be built near the Holiday Inn Express in the southwest quadrant of the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That means that developer Chuck Keller is finally able to fulfill the terms of a pact he signed with the city in 2005.

  • Going Behind Locked Doors

    A prison reform group based in Chicago that visited some Illinois prisons last year opined that problems at those prisons – including Vandalia Correctional Center – include overcrowding and deteriorating facilities.

  • Hill competing in state queen pageant this week

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

  • We Apologize

    In the Jan. 10 issue of The Leader-Union, a new-business story about Laack Flooring Innovations contained an incorrect telephone number.
    That number was listed with a 283 prefix; however, it should be 322-3863.
    We apologize for the error.
     

  • Library has Civil War exhibit

    The year 2011 began the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The war lasted five years, until 1865. History classes, books, movies and TV have taught a lot about that war, but there is always something new to learn.
    It is known that many men were lost in that war. However, more men were lost due to disease than to the actual fighting. In fact, this deadly weapon that could not be seen killed two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.