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Today's News

  • Lurkins turns love of showing cattle into a career

    Darrin Lurkins is showing his family’s Polled Hereford cattle at the Fayette County Fair.  He seemed especially proud of “Eclipse,” a heifer that was born in September.

    Raising Hereford cattle is the Lurkins family’s business.

    “We raise seed stock, and sell bulls and heifers to 4-H kids, and try to help people out as much as we can,” he said.

    Lurkins, a 4-H Club “veteran,” is an avid supporter of the organization.

  • Pippin, Summers win Fayette County crowns

    Amy Pippin of St. Elmo was crowned the 2010 Miss Fayette County Fair at the annual pageant on Monday at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Marissa Summers won the Little Miss Fayette County crown at Monday's pageant.

    More on the pageants, and more photos, will appear in this week's issue of The Leader-Union and on this website.

  • Senior Legion sweeps Effingham, heading into districts

    After a doubleheader at Effingham was canceled last Wednesday, the twin bill was moved to Tuesday at Vandalia, in what would be an important night for the Post 95 Senior Legion team as it heads into the district tournament this weekend.

    With a sweep of Effingham, Vandalia could find itself as the No. 1 seed going into the tournament.

    Vandalia was able to hold up its end of the bargain, downing Effingham twice behind solid pitching from Caleb Randle, Kyle Hawkins and Andy Hosick.

  • YMCA gets hardwood

    Another detail was added to the YMCA's new complex in the past few weeks – hardwood basketball floors in the gymnasium.

    The floors have been installed and lined for three basketball courts and three volleyball courts. It needs only be covered with three coats of sealant, and it will be complete.

  • In 1921, Dr. Mark Greer came face to face with an ailment that he could not treat – Milk Sick. 

    Dr. Mark, as he was affectionately known, started his practice in 1913 in Fayette County after graduating from St. Louis University. The son of a doctor, Dr. Mark began his practice much as his father had, afoot and with horse and buggy.

  • Come to the fair!

    It only comes around once a year, and next week’s Fayette County Fair is an event you won’t want to miss.

    Beginning this Saturday with the junior horse and pony show and concluding a week later with the always-popular demolition derby, the fair offers a smorgasbord of sights, sounds, smells and tastes that is vintage county fair. Nowhere else can your senses experience the same delicious mix.

  • Storm damage assessment nearing completion

    With the assessment team winding down its work, it appears that about 100 homes and businesses sustained damage from last week’s severe thunderstorm.

    That storm, which dropped between 6 and 7 inches of rain in less than two hours, caused severe flooding throughout town. High winds during that storm also contributed to the damage.

    Merle Adermann, the city’s fire chief and Emergency Management Agency coordinator, told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday night that the damage assessment team had met three times to pull together damage reports.

  • City to begin enforcing smoking ban

    Vandalia officials will hold a meeting next Monday afternoon to explain a city law that has been put on the books to address smoking and other activities that are “a menace to the health, safety or welfare of the public.”

    That city law approved by the city council in January was drafted after police were called to a downtown bar for a report of nudity during a special promotion.

  • Ethel Augenstein still going strong at 95-plus

    Ethel Augenstein’s name has been almost synonymous with good food during her 95 1/2 years.

    Although she held down other jobs in her earlier years, she found her way to various restaurants, schools and church kitchens in the area, and there she remained, assuring anyone who partook of her cooking good food.

    Ethel, however, did get out of the kitchen(s) long enough to live an interesting and active life, a fulfilling life as a wife and mother, and a useful life to her community, organizations, and her church…and still is. 

  • Look at making changes to town branch

    Sunday evening’s deluge was not your typical summer thunderstorm.

    The strong cell that dumped wave after wave of torrential rain on Fayette County caused considerable damage in low-lying areas.

    Neighborhoods near the Town Branch in Vandalia were particularly hard hit.