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Today's News

  • St. Elmo Registration

    Registration for St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School and St. Elmo Elementary School, including pre-kindergarten, will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and Wednesday, Aug. 11.

    All students, including those new to the district and district students who attend classes in Vandalia, should register at that time.

    Junior-senior students enrolled in physical education classes are required to wear P.E. uniforms, which can be purchased at registration for $10.

  • Decker-Hunt

    Deborah Charmaine Decker and Stephen Lee Hunt were united in marriage at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at Lincoln Park in Zionsville, Ind., with Dr. Barton Updike officiating the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy and the late Arlie R. White of Indiana.
    The groom is the son of Raymond and Tonya Hunt of Fort Wayne, Ind. The late grandparents of the groom, Iona and Lee Hunt of Ramsey and Hazel and Floyd Little of Vandalia, were honored during the ceremony and reception.

  • Walton – 50 years

    Kenny and Beverly Walton of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 16.
    The couple were married on July 16, 1960.
    They have two children, Kim and her husband Kent Dunaway; and Teresa and her husband Mark Tottleben.
    They have three grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband John Johnson, Kenny Dunaway, and Karlee and her husband Tyler Kruenegel.
    They have two great-grandchildren, John James Johnson and Arian Dunaway.
    They celebrated with a party on July 17 with family and friends.

  • McDowell – 50 years

    Ronnie and Janet McDowell of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 30, 2010.
    The couple were married on July 30, 1960, at Woburn Baptist Church by the late Rev. Dale Bennett, uncle of the groom. Their attendants were the late Joe and Sue Kistler.
    Janet is the daughter of the late Donald and Beatrice Hunter Cooper.
    Ronnie is the son of the late Glenn “Pat” McDowell and Julia Bennett McDowell.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, born and reared in the Ramsey area, has six children (four daughters and two sons). She loves to bake and clean. She adores angels of many sizes.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Bill Morton.
    Identifying him were: Mary Cripe, Donna Taylor, Esther Stine, and Phillip and Phyllis Richards.
    This week’s Scrambler:  kamsiset rea a caft fo feli. ti si het spornees ot eth orrre tath snoctu.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The auditor for the city of Vandalia, Dale Timmermann, told the Vandalia City Council that it should consider hiking water rates, citing water and sewer deficits.
    The signing of a new operating agreement between Fayette County Hospital and CH Allied Services was scheduled for Sept. 7, and a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital addition was set for Sept. 8.
    Charles and Yvette Hall of Mulberry Grove were planning to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Early visitors to Vandalia give impressions

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia, with a population of 800, “unchanged since it was founded 15 years ago.”
    He continued: “One can see about five or six big frame buildings containing stores.  The statehouse is a common brick building.  A solitary bank, a wooden church, with a small tower, and two or three state offices complete the community of Vandalia.

  • Y building shows power of dreams aided by means

    “So, what do you think?”
    That was the question posed by YMCA Board President Rick Myers to the crowd assembled Saturday at the dedication ceremony for the new building that houses the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    Spontaneous applause was their reaction to the unveiling of the $1.25 million, 16,952-square-foot facility.

  • Don Etcheson recalls days of family store in Shafter

    “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Don Etcheson probably has more memories of the old Shafter Store, which was located on Ill. Route 185, than most people do.
    This is not surprising, as he grew up there in the days when Shafter was rather a hub of business and activities.

  • Local NRCS office collects food for local food pantry

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is aiming to collect at least 50,000 pounds of food for food pantries in this country. The local NRCS office is joining in on that effort.
    The local NRCS office, located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture building at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, is participating in the national “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” program by collecting foodstuffs for the local food pantry at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Vandalia.