Local News

  • County still struggling with finances

    “It’s the same old song and dance,” Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting while talking about the county’s financial picture.
    The failure of the state to keep up with the payments owed to the county, Knebel said, continues to cause major problems.
    “You know that $355,000 that we set aside in the budget – we’re already into it,” Knebel said.

  • Former St. Elmo librarian arrested for theft

    More than six months after an Illinois State Police investigation into the financial records of the St. Elmo Public Library District, the district’s former librarian has been arrested for theft.
    Terri E. Gillespie, 51, of St. Elmo, turned herself at the Fayette County Jail on Saturday, two days after the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed theft charges against her.

  • Museum has two new displays

    New exhibits are on display at the Fayette County Museum.
    One display case features Fayette County advertising calendars from 1890-1964. Paper, die-cut and two calendar plates are included.
    Ramsey is represented by two unique calendars from Lindhorst’s Mammoth Store in 1914; J. B. Green & Son in 1903, 1904, 1908 and 1909; and Ramsey National Bank in 1917.
    Brownstown is represented by calendars from D.O. Pitcher in 1912 and 1913, and from Griffith Bros. and Co. in 1939.
    The Civil War is featured in the other two special cases.

  • State Quitline offers help with smoking cessation

    The Fayette County Health Department is recommending assistance for individuals who are trying to quit smoking as a New Year's resolution.
    Those who are trying to call the Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES.
    Sonsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Quitline is offered free of charge.
    Those who are trying to quit smoking receive support through the Quitline, and they can learn whether they are eligible to receive free nicotene replacement patches through the Fayette County Health Department.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ 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, January 14
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Shimkus accepting military valentines

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) is kicking off his “Valentines for Heroes” program, which has become a popular tradition for his constituents.
    Shimkus’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” he said.
    “The people of Central and Southern Illinois are overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”

  • The 2012 L-U Bridal Guide is now available in our office!
  • It's Here!

    Copies of our 2012 Bridal Guide are now available at The Leader-Union office, 229 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The guides are available free of charge

  • Coloring Contest Winners

    Pictured here are the three winners of the holiday coloring contest sponsored by The Leader-Union and 16 area business.

    In the first photo is Sara Blackburn, age 4. In the second photo is Katelyn Koontz, 8 1/2. In the third photo is Abby Guffey, 7. Each of the winners received a $10 Family Video gift card.

  • Third Time's a Charm for Pujols Poster

    The drawing for the Albert Pujols "Got Milk?" poster was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21.