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Today's News

  • Local youth step up

    Sophie Bowers saw her younger sister looking through her bracelets and got the idea of making and selling bracelets. At the same time, she thought about those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Two youths arrested for cemetery damage

    Two juveniles have been taken into custody for allegedly damaging more than two dozen tombstones in Vandalia cemeteries late last week.

    An 11-year-old juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property within a day of the damage being discovered, and a 12-year-old juvenile was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the same charge.
    Vandalia cemetery employees notified police shortly before 9 a.m. last Thursday that 25 tombstones had been damaged overnight.
    The tombstones were knocked over or pushed from their base, and some of them were broken.

  • Treasurer Rose Hoover won't seek a sixth term

    A long-time fixture in Fayette County government has decided to end decades of service to the county next year.
    Rose Hoover, who is in her fifth term as the county treasurer, told The Leader-Union on Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of that term in November 2018.

  • Weekend death considered 'suspcious'

    The Fayette County Coroner’s Office is currently considering the death of a rural Brownstown man suspicious in nature.
    Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he is still waiting on lab results to determine the cause of death of James R. “Jim” Skinner.
    Skinner was found dead in his home in rural Brownstown on Sunday. He was pronounced dead by Bowen at 5:24 p.m. on Sunday.
     

  • Cavaletto decides not to seek re-election in '18

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in the upcoming November 2018 election.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Death now investigated as a homicide

    Several hours after press time on Wednesday, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced that the death of a rural Brownstown man is now being investigated by his office and the Illinois State Police as a homicide.

    James "Jim" Skinner, 56, of Brownstown, was found dead in his home on Sunday, and at that, Bowen said that the death was suspicious in nature.

  • Garden volunteers gearing up for festival

    You can almost feel it in the air, and the anticipation is exciting – autumn bringing its glorious display of colors in the trees, fall flowers, the mums dressed in bright and beautiful colors, apples, peaches, pumpkins … and  Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Fall Festival, their only fundraiser for gardening “needs & seeds.”

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Cody J. Hawkins, 30, Taylorville, was arrested on Sept. 19 on charges of official misconduct, bribery, possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and bringing contraband into a prison. No bond information was listed.
    • Clinton H. Walker, 35, 2727 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 18 on charges of theft more than $500 and criminal trespass to a vehicle. No bond information was listed.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, September 14
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., Brownstown Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, September 15
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Saturday, September 16
    • Soup luncheon, 11:30-12:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. Everyone is welcome.
    Sunday, September 17