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  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Two men, each with a long history of involvement in community activities, were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Towing the line: Ice storm means business, long hours

    While Fayette County residents have been enjoying the spring-like weather in recent days, no one likely appreciates the warmer temperatures than Lynn McDowell.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 2

    ✔ 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, February 4

  • Texas man killed in I-70 accident on Monday

    A Texas man was killed in an accident early Monday morning on Interstate 70 in eastern Fayette County.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that James Tinsley II of El Paso sustained fatal injuries when struck by a tractor-trailer shortly before daylight.
    According to the Illinois State Police, a tractor-trailer driven by Tinsley was involved in a crash, which Bowen said resulted in his lights being disabled.

  • Clymer, Ashdown win Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown are the latest residents to be honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for their service to the community.

    Clymer was honored for his years of serving as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. Clymer, a member of the Lincoln Presenters, successfully lobbied the organization to hold its annual convention in Vandalia several years ago.

    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the construction of a new Family YMCA facility.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clymer, Ashdown receive Abe Awards

    Abe Clymer and John Ashdown were presented with Abe Awards at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday night.

    Clymer was chosen to receive an Abe for the years that he has served as Vandalia's Abraham Lincoln. A Lincoln presenter, Clymer successfully lobbied to have the national presenters group hold its convention in Vandalia.


    Ashdown was honored for his leadership in the campaign for a new Family YMCA facility.

    Coverage of the chamber banquet will be in Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • 1 of 200 Weather-Related Incidents

    The drivers of these two vehicles escaped serious injuries in a weather-related wreck on U.S. Route 51, just north of Vera Road, on Friday evening.

  • Three businesses cited in ISP alcohol surveillance

    Illinois State Police District 12 officers conducted Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) surveillance at various establishments during the evening hours of Jan. 12 in Effingham and Fayette counties.
    The purpose of these ACE details is to determine which businesses may be selling alcoholic beverages to minors (persons under 21 years of age).
    Twenty-one locations were surveyed in Altamont, Vandalia, St. Elmo and St. Peter.