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Today's News

  • The Union is 150 years old; let the celebration begin

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, H.S. Humphrey took a step of faith and launched The Vandalia Union.
    The date was April 16, 1864. The war between the states was droning on, and the carnage was building.
    President Abraham Lincoln would be re-elected to a second term that fall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
    WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
    Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken several years ago, shows several members of the Leo Brown Lumber bowling team that won first place in the bowling league.

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Steve M. Swofford, 44, 1314 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Justin R. Kellermann, 25, 206 N. First St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Raymond H. Feltner, 22, 511 S. Tower St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • Philbrick talks at last Lenten Luncheon

    Walter Philbrick was born in New Hampshire, moved to Minnesota with the company for which he was employed, and more recently, retired and moved to Vandalia, where his son, Matt Philbrick, is youth minister at First Baptist Church and Matt’s wife, Jenn, is employed at The Leader-Union.

  • PHOTOS: St. Elmo And Brownstown team up for wins

    The co-op teams from St. Elmo and Brownstown high schools each picked up wins last Thursday.

  • Over 60 cars at opening night at Fayette County Speedway

    By Kristopher Blankenship

    Opening night at Fayette County Speedway went off without a hitch last Friday night, as the UMP modifieds, B-Mods, street stocks and hornets all hit the track.

    The track was smooth and fast all night, and fans were treated to great racing in all classes, which featured 65 cars. A mix of old cars, new cars, new drivers and drivers changing classes should make for an exciting season in the points standings.

    In the UMP modified class, Brian Bielong and Robbie Eilers put on a show, with both drivers winning his heat race.

  • The Next Level: Graduate athlete roundup (April 17)

    Many athletes who spent their high school years in Fayette County have moved on to play for college or professional teams. Below are the athletes who recently made headlines.

    Spencer Patton • Pitcher • Omaha Storm Chasers

    •April 11 – Patton, a South Central graduate, picked up his second save of the season after pitching the final three innings of a 5-4 win at Nashville. The Kansas City Royals AAA prospect allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks, but struck out four.