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  • FSA offers help with loans

    Scherrie Giamanco, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency state executive director, reminds producers who want to obtain a Market Assistance Loan before the end of the year should contact their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible.
    Farm Service Agency offices need time to process the loans and prepare the loan documents. Market Assistance Loans are marketing tools available to producers to allow for more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the year.

  • SWCD selling trees again

    The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District is again holding a tree sale.
    The district has ordered large quantities of trees to sell, and available during this year’s sale are white pine, Norway spruce, blue spruce, red oak and white dogwood trees.
    White pine and Norway spruce trees make good windbreaks; they both grow relatively fast and have a fairly good survival rate.
    The blue spruce tree, which grows a little slower, is a good ornamental tree, and the red oak is a slow-growing hardwood tree good for shade.

  • News Briefs

    Benefit for Clifford Ray is on Jan. 9

    A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and is currently traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments.
    The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner with all of the sides, a live auction and a silent auction.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Dec. 30, 2010

    • Valerie L. Paulding, 22, Taylorville, turned herself in on Dec. 28 on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a sex abuse charge. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joshua L. Shellenbarger, 22, 612 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 27 on a charge of battery of an adult. Bond was $1,000.
    • Nathan L. Gaffner, 21, 1226 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 27 for failure to appear in court on a charge of illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $3,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 30

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, December 31

    NEW YEAR'S EVE

  • Vandals to play for third at VHT

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball team will play for third place at its own holiday tournament on Thursday.

    The No. 4 Vandals lost to No. 1 Flora on Wednesday night and will face third-seeded Pana on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

    Flora will play No. 2 Wesclin in the championship game at 8 p.m.

    Other games on Thursday are:

    Ninth-place: No. 7 St. Elmo vs. No. 10 South Central, 2 p.m.
    Seventh-place: No. 9 Shelbyvillle vs. No. 8 Greenville, 3:30 p.m.
    Fifth-place: No. 5 Altamont vs. No. 6 Stew-Stras, 5 p.m.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In this photo are the owner, driver and crew of a stock car that raced in Brownstown in the 1970s.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Robert P. "Bob" Meyer.
    Identifying him were: Ronnie and Norma Heather, and John Schaub.
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  • Many challenges ahead in 2011

    We are coming to the end of a year that has been tough for many individuals, businesses and governmental entities.
    In 2010, we experienced individuals directed to take furlough days, being laid off or losing their jobs as the struggle to get our economy back on strong footing continues. Local business owners continued to be impacted by the economy, and several fires put a major hurt on our downtown business district.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 30, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A space heater was believed to be the cause of a fire which gutted the building on North Eighth Street housing the Sunshine House Health Food store. Vandalia firefighters battled extremely cold weather in putting out the blaze.
    The Fayette County Board continued to study the county’s need for more space. The board met in closed session for about 40 minutes to discuss property acquisition.
    Andrea Lilly and Nick Hopfensperger were winners of “I Dare You” leadership awards.

    20 Years Ago

  • "The Year of the Deep Snow"

    Hughea Davenport was not a resident of our county, but his descendents were. It is through the late Berle Mattes that I received a copy of a memoir, written in May 1876 by his great-grandfather Davenport.
    Hughea was 12 years old when he came to Illinois from Kentucky in 1824, settling with his family six miles west of the hamlet of Springfield, which Hughea told consisted of eight to 10 houses, several stores –  including one with a whiskey barrel owned by Herndon – and the Capps brothers’ hardware and shoe shop.