Today's News

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton, 52, was southbound on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a motorcycle when he struck the back of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m.

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Vandalia Airport on Saturday evening.

    Bowen said Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights made a jump from about 6,500 feet, and his parachute failed to deploy.

  • Vandals nearly top Southwestern

    The Vandalia High School football team stromed back from a 24-7 deficit to take a 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter, but a late touchdown by Southwestern gave the Birds a 31-27 win.

    Bryan Hosick and Levi Ulmer each had two touchdowns for the Vandals.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Soccer team to play Friday

    Vandalia High School has scheduled a soccer game against Altamont to be played Friday at 3 p.m. at the VHS soccer field.

    The Vandals had to cancel their game with Lincolnwood on Tuesday after the referees failed to show up.

    Vandalia plays its regional match at Mt. Carmel next Tuesday.

  • Church Briefs-Oct. 7, 2010

    Fall festival Oct. 24 at Liberty Christian

    Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will hold its annual fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the church pavilion.

    The event, planned by the youth team, will offer something for the entire family – a bonfire, hayrides, music and a devotion time.

    Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and buns for their family, soda and the ingredients for making s’mores.

    Hot chocolate, coffee and hot cider will be provided.


  • See You at the Pole

    First photo: A large group of students met at Vandalia Community High School on Sept. 22, to participate in the national See You at the Pole day. VCHS counselor Luke Holt, right, is shown addressing the group. 

    Second photo: Students at Vandalia Junior High School also participated in the See You at the Pole activity before school on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The  student-led event included students as well as teachers. (Photo contributed)

  • Evergreen Outreach-Oct. 7, 2010

    By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma
     Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., Evergreen Outreach was held back at our “home” spot, the First United Methodist Church.  Our guests approved. Edith Simmons, from Brookstone, said, “It feels more like home,  and we have more space here.”

  • Read through Bible; it will be a light to your path

    “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” wrote St. Jerome. He is important for his translation of the Judeo-Christian Bible into the common language of the Roman Empire. Jerome’s interpretation, called the Vulgate, is still used today.
    For centuries, translators and interpreters have labored diligently to put the Hebrew of the First Testament and the Greek of the Second Testament into words people can understand who do not read the ancient languages. Their interest was to bring Christ to people in their native tongue.

  • Scouts holding fundraiser

  • In Uniform

    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield
    ETSN Marion M. Mayfield is now stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, abord the USS Texas SSN775.
    Mayfield, the son of Layne and Brenda Mayfield of rural Vandalia and a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, enlisted in the Army in December 2008.
    He started basic training at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center in January 2009 and graduated in March of that year.
    He then started Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn., graduating on Jan. 14 of this year.

  • Birthdays

    Marilyn Francis
    Marilyn Francis of Vandalia will celebrate her 80th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
    Her children and grandchildren are requesting a card shower. Cards may be sent to her: c/o Nancy McDowell, 410 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.