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Today's News

  • Elijah Lovejoy martyred for freedom of press

    Elijah Parrish Lovejoy was born in Albion, Maine, in 1802, and died at the hands of an angry mob in Alton on Nov. 7, 1837.
    An editor and Presbyterian clergyman, Lovejoy was outspoken on the subject of slavery. He preached abolition through the pulpit and through the pages of the newspapers he edited.
    Elijah received his license to preach in 1832, and was ordained as an evangelist two years later. At this time, it was fairly new doctrine to condemn slavery, along with whiskey drinking and gambling.

  • Harvest safety is no accident

    Though it seems too early to talk about harvest, the reality is that much of this year’s corn crop is ready and some farmers are already heading to the fields.
    That means it’s time to renew our awareness of safety practices during the harvest season – both in the fields and on the roads.
    The Illinois State Police this week issued a reminder to motorists that they’ll once again be sharing the roadways with farm machinery.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 2, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Historical Vandalia Inc., the operator of the Fayette County Museum, started selling engraved bricks, which will be placed in walkways around the museum.
    According to an Illinois State Police report, crime was down in Fayette County in 1994. The total crime was 257, down from 314 in 1993.
    Gene and Marette Durbin of Ramsey were planning to celebrate their golden anniversary, and Robert and Eileen Osborne of Vandalia were to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 2, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 50 years ago, grew up east of Vandalia. She was the owner of a downtown Vandalia business for several years. She recently celebrated a special birthday.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week. More photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn how swive het dwolr ta tyfif eth mesa yaw eh idd ta tynewt sha dawtse tyriht sraye fo feli.

  • Bell FG lifts Vandals to win in opener

    Daniel Bell's field goal with four seconds left lifted Vandalia over East Alton-Wood River in the Vandals' opener on Friday night.

    But the 24-21 victory wouldn't be secured until an EAWR receiver who caught a hail mary pass was stopped just feet from the goal line.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Come-from-behind win gives Patoka title at Ramsey

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • First Day of School

    Last Friday was the first day of kindergarten for a number of children in the Vandalia School District. In the first photo, Logan Nance sticks close to his mother while learning about his new classroom at Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia. In the other photo, Jefferson kindergarten teacher Lisa Robbins talks to Trinity Velazquez about some of the fun activities she will enjoy at school.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News Aug. 26, 2010

    By Panzi Blackwell

     

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News-Aug. 26, 2010

    By Anna Jean Rhodes