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Today's News

  • Vandalia Lions starting Leo Clubs this fall

    It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.

  • Extension among proposed state cuts

    With this year’s Fayette County 4-H Show just around the corner, funding for the program that provides that show is among those in the spotlight during the state’s budget impasse.
    University of Illinois Extension is one of the programs included in cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he tries to get state legislators to approve a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, they visited Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    On Sunday, Mitch, Gretchen and boys traveled to Troy to the baptism of Katie Kline, daughter of Caleb and Krissie Kline, where they were serving as Katie’s godparents.
    Marriage

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Pleasant, Peaceful Day...
    … flavored also with good memories, was enjoyed by the human inhabitants of the homestead (namely Bill and Panzi) as we took a car ride down in the Shobonier/Southern Vandalia countryside one day last week.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 25
    • The 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show continues through Sunday in the upstairs Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, June 27
    • Fayette County 4-H Food and Clothing shows, Brownstown Elementary School. Check in is from 12-1 p.m. and judging at 1 p.m.
    Sunday, June 28

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: lal nhtsgi rea slbpeiso ot mih atht elhvibete.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1927 held its ninth and final class reunion.
    Gertrude Rosenberger of Ramsey was HEA’s “Homemaker of the Year.”
    Mary Peyton Meyer, Frogtown’s most popular resident and a Leader-Union area correspondent, was one of 20 people to be pictured on the cover of a Parade magazine that inserted in many daily metropolitan newspapers. The article was entitled, “What People Earn.” Meyer’s earnings were $3,900 as a substitute teacher.

  • Prime Timers taking trip to Alton in August

    Fayette and Bond counties will be hosting a Prime Timers trip to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
    And after touring the lock and dam facility, attendees will enjoy a two-hour cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on the Mississippi River. Lunch will be served while on the cruise.
    This excursion is open for any Farm Bureau member.
    The cost of the day trip is $60. Buses will pick attendees up in Vandalia at 6:45 a.m. and in Greenville at 7:15 a.m.