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Today's News

  • Wren Bridge was gathering area for years

    Gary Dycus, from New York City, an occasional Leader-Union reader, e-mailed me recently about a story in his family where his grandmother (Susan Jane Nodine Fair) sold a pig in order to buy her daughter, Lena, material for a silk dress to wear to a special Wren Bridge fish fry. The dress was green and Lena had gorgeous red hair.

    Gary wanted to know who organized this social occasion, how long it ran, how it was advertised, what the people did, what the entertainment was and whether pictures survive.

  • Many reasons to give thanks

    With the economic conditions that we’ve endured in recent months, getting in a Thanksgiving mood may take a little work this year.

    But it shouldn’t.

    In an ideal world, gratitude should be our natural response to the many things we DO have – regardless of our circumstances and the things we DON’T have. Granted, that’s not an easy position to take. Yet, it’s a good approach that produces an attitude of gratitude.

    Here in Vandalia, we have many things for which we should be thankful:

  • Progress on U.S. Route 51 expansion plans explained

    It will still be some time before Fayette County residents will see U.S. Route 51 being expanded to four lanes, but they do now have a better idea of where the four lanes will run.

    At public meetings last week, Illinois Department of Transportation officials and representatives of Clark Dietz Inc., a Champaign engineering firm partnering with IDOT on the Route 51 expansion, presented preliminary alignments showing the likely paths of the four-lane roadway.

  • City looks at budget-cutting measures

    Vandalia officials were saying through the early part of this year that despite a sagging economy nationally, the city was still seeing strong retail sales tax numbers.

    That picture changed later in the year, however, and it is one of the factors causing city officials to look at some budget-tightening measures in the new fiscal year.

    In fact, they are working with department heads and city aldermen to make some cuts in the current budget year, which ends next April.

  • Lucille Fisher still going strong at 96

    Born in Bingham on April 30, 1913, Lucille Fisher has lived a long and fruitful life – fruitful for her friends, her neighbors, her community, the organizations to which she still belongs (and contributes to), and especially her family, which enjoys a closeness, respect and love for one another that is heart-warming to witness.

  • FCH Auxiliary Crafts Bazaar on Saturday moved to FCH

    The Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary has moved its fall Crafts Bazaar this Saturday to the conference room at Fayette County Hospital.

    The bazaar will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Recreation center will be an asset to the area

    As ceremonial shovels were thrust into the ground last Tuesday, a new era was launched for the Family YMCA of Fayette County. And for the city of Vandalia.

    The groundbreaking ceremony, which attracted more than 50 community residents, was the culmination of more than 15 years of efforts to build a community recreation center in Vandalia.

  • BREAKING NEWS-Mayor's dismissal of police chief stands

    A 3-3 vote by the St. Elmo City Council at a special meeting on Thursday night means that Mayor Larry Tish’s dismissal of Ken Thomason from the chief of police position stands.

    About 240 city residents were on hand for the meeting, which was moved from the Phillips Building to the St. Elmo Elementary School because of the size of the crowd.

    At the close of the meeting, which lasted about an hour, aldermen Chris Worman and Mike McCall, and Tish, voted to uphold Thomason’s dismissal.

  • Renaissance Man

    Vandalia Community High School senior Will Cowger is a big guy. At 6 feet 3 inches and 230 pounds, he stands out from the crowd. His size isn’t the only thing that separates him from the rest, though. Cowger is a three-sport star at VCHS. In the fall he’s under the lights on the football field, in the winter he’s on the hardwood of the basketball court and in the spring he’s under the sun, in the shot put ring.

    Even with the demands of his athletic schedule, Cowger maintains a 4.0 in the classroom and is currently at the top of his class.

  • Field of Dreams gets logo, begins fundraising campaign

    Tuesday night the Field of Dreams committee held a brief meeting to discuss which area businesses it would approach for donations and sponsorships.

    VCHS softball coach Brian Buscher handed out forms to give to businesses, detailing outfield wall signs that businesses can purchase at the cost of $300 a year and $200 for each additional year.

    The signs will measure 4 feet by 4 feet and sponsors have the option of where they would like their sign to be placed at.