Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Wolerating Weather …
    … mainly because they are staying snug in their barn most of the time. Bill closes their doors and windows at night, and on the bitter cold, windy days, he carries their water and their hay and grain to the barn, so they don’t have to get out.
    They also get fresh, clean bedding often. Madr1cka doesn’t really like the closed door, we think, because she nudges against it, trying to open it.
    Lady, the senior mini-horse, has no objection to the closed door and window.

  • Frogtown News

    Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday through Sunday with their daughter, Amanda Eller and family in Jackson, Mo.
    Dusti Crain and Justin Dickerson were married on Jan. 3, 2015, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
    Dusti is formerly from St. Peter, and she and Justin are both performers at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge.
    Jayme and Jayme Michel are the parents of a daughter, Hadley Christine, born on Dec. 21, 2014.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, January 15
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First UMC Fellowship Hall. Note that the time change is correct. Ham, beans and cornbread are being furnished.
    Sunday, January 18
    • A pizza party will be held at 6 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. This is a kickoff for the grades 7-12 youth group. The group will be led by Pastor Dan and Pat Laack, and Jeffrey and Summer Maxey.
    Monday, January 19

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: Na mdeaunxnie feli si tno tohrw nliigv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has last his enthusiasm.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Early resident was born into slavery

    One of the hats I wear is that of editor of Fayette Facts, the bi-annual publication of the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society.
    Chrystal England is the volunteer who copies obituaries from The Vandalia Union preserved on microfilm, and from these copies I type up an alphabetical list of obituaries from 75 years ago. Currently, we are working on newspapers from January-June 1940.

  • Use Facebook to help sheriff

    Fayette County residents now have another way to help law enforcement get wanted criminal offenders off the streets, something they can do while reading posts on Facebook.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith recently began listing active warrants on his department’s Facebook page, in addition to having his officers make special efforts to serve warrants.
    Thus far, Smith’s idea of using social media has been working out well.

  • FCHD will offer career sessions for local youths

    The Fayette County Health Department has partnered with SCI-AHEC to provide Fayette County students in grades 6-12 with the opportunity to learn about different careers from professionals in the community.
    Four sessions are scheduled, and students who attend all four sessions will have their names entered into a drawing. All sessions will be held at the Fayette County Health Department, 419 E. Edwards St., Vandalia.
    Each session runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and there is no charge for students to attend.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Justin R. Kellermann, 26, 1209 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 13 for failure to appear in court in two cases. Bond totaled $545 cash.
    • Joshua T. Wetzel, 26, 213 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 11 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and disobeying a traffic control signal. Bond was $3,000.
    • Shawn A. Norris, 48, Vernon, was arrested on Jan. 10 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $30,000.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Devin Patrick Friesland
    Kara Leeann Beck
    Ralph Timothy Broesche
    Vidor, Texas
    Amanda Michelle Sims
    Vidor, Texas
    Jessie Rayford Turner Jr.
    Candace Simonne Blunt
    David Daniel Henderson
    Louisville, Ill.
    Corrine Nichole Oswald
    Louisville, Ill.