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Today's News

  • Midland States Bank buy two Peoples National Bank facilities

    Peoples National Bank announced on Wednesday that Midland States Bank will be acquiring its Effingham and Vandalia banking facilities.

    “We are very happy with the Effingham and Vandalia branches and are proud to have had the opportunity to serve our customers in these two markets. The sale of these two branches provides a great opportunity for us to redeploy assets to take advantage of growth opportunities in our core market areas,” said President Bill Bonan.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 4

    • TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sylvia Davis at 217-823-2607.

    •The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • Technicality costs Vandals a 7-0 start

    Synergy has helped a young Vandalia golf team race out to a strong start this season.

    But a technicality kept the Vandals from continuing a perfect start Monday at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton.

    Freshman Derrick Herker's 41 would have led the Vandals to victories over host Marquette and Piasa-Southwestern, improving Vandalia's record to 7-0.

    But he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

    Due to the disqualification, VCHS had to count a 51, which dropped its score to 192 - five strokes behind Marquette (187) and just one behind the Birds (191).

  • Vandals outrun the Storm

    It was one of the burning questions regarding the Vandalia football team heading into the 2008 season.

    How would an entirely new starting backfield produce?

    The question was addressed quickly and emphatically Friday night at Mark Greer Field.

    The answer? Nicely. Very nicely.

    In fact, the only question that remains after the Vandals' 55-12 Week 1 waxing of Sangamon Valley is how coach John Stout is going to keep his enviable stable of running backs happy.

  • Ramsey upsets Brownstown, wins own tourney

    For the Ramsey baseball program, five long years of frustration came to an end Thursday night on a hit that traveled no more than 65 feet.

    Noah Belcher's picture-perfect bunt single in the bottom of the seventh wound up scoring Andrew Cunningham all the way from second with the game-winning run, as a wild throw to first by Brownstown pitcher Jared Winters allowed the host team to pull off a 2-1 upset in the title game of its own season-opening tournament.

  • College Report to cover 15 area athletes this fall

    After a two-month break, I am back.

    As always, we start the year with an introduction article. If I have left someone out of the introduction article, it is completely unintentional. To add a name to my growing list, please send me an e-mail at Dan62801@aol.com. Be sure to include "The Leader-Union" in the subject line.

  • State shoots self in the foot by closing sites

    Just when you think that things can't get any worse in our state capital...

    The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, responding to budget cuts implemented by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, announced on Thursday the closure of 24 state historic sites and state parks. On that list is the Vandalia Statehouse.

    The news of those closures comes as a major blow to our state, which is getting ready to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, as well as to our community.

  • Luster family has many tales to tell

    The Luster family made its way into the wilderness that was Fayette County before statehood. At the head of the clan was Archibald Luster, who with his wife, Malinda Yarbrough, lived in the southwestern part of the county.

    Some of their sons moved across the Kaskaskia River and settled in the Pinhook area, about four miles southeast of Vandalia. Archibald and Malinda were parents of nine children: Henry, born in 1778, Chana, William, Josiah, Malinda, Catherine, Mary, David and Philip, the youngest, born in 1801.

  • Brad Williams chosen for St. Elmo award for his contributions to St.Elmo

    A St. Elmo resident who has worked at keeping the Fayette County Courthouse clean for more than two decades was recognized on Monday for helping to keep his community clean.

    Brad Williams received the Citizen of the Year Award from Mayor Jayson Porter on Monday evening as St. Elmo’s three-day Labor Day Celebration came to a close.

    Williams was one of four nominees for the award, which is sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association.

  • Monument honors 3 Mulberry Grove High School grads killed in Vietnam

    More than 35 years have passed since James Scroggins, Ronald Shipley and Michael Scott died in Vietnam. But their former classmates at Mulberry Grove High School have not forgotten about them, or about their service to this country.

    On Sunday afternoon, a large crowd – including family members of those three men – was on hand in front of the high school to dedicate a monument erected in their memory.