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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 4, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured nearly 50 years ago, attended high school in Vandalia and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1975. He is married and has two children. His father was an auto body repairman at a local garage.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    No photo in last week’s Mystery Banks Photo.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ratts  yb nigdo thaw si rynaceses, hent twah si lobsipes, dan lydsunde uyo rae nodgi eht bimlesisop.

  • Post Office building unchanged in 75 years

    Last week’s column centered on the mural in the Vandalia Post Office painted by artist Aaron Bohrod under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.).
    This government program was created on May 6, 1935, to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression.
    On Aug. 27, 1934, Postmaster George L. Hausmann was notified that out of the 25 sites offered for construction of the new federal building, the corner location of the Schulte home at Fourth and Johnson streets was chosen.  

  • Election a wake-up call for change

    Even though the Illinois governor’s race was too close to call on Wednesday morning, it represented a number of races across the state and nation in which Republicans made significant inroads into Democratic strongholds.
    Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn held a lead of about 9,000 votes over challenger state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). About 97.5 percent of the precincts – representing 3.3 million votes – had been tallied, but the margin was too small to declare a winner.

  • Nancy Shipman contributes to HCE dress project

    During a recent visit to Brookstone Estates, members of the Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education were talking about their current project, “Little Dresses for Africa.”
    A resident sitting nearby overheard the conversation and asked for, and received, a pattern.
    Much to the club’s surprise, the resident soon had several of the dresses ready for the HCE project – the final products being like those done by a professional seamstress … and given with the promise of more to come.

  • Election Day Assistance

    Election judge Bill Borberly explains the correct way to cast a ballot to one of the voters at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall polling place on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Psychiatric report for teen charged with murder still not completed

    An attorney representing a 15-year-old rural Farina youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home told a judge on Friday that the youth’s psychiatric evaluation still has not been completed.
    After Monroe McWard, the Taylorville attorney representing Clifford W. Baker, told Judge Ericka Sanders that Dr. Frederick Klug had not completed the evaluation, Sanders said she expected the report to be filed in time for the next status hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    That status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

  • City planning to hike three tax levy rates

    The local CPA firm that performs the city of Vandalia’s annual audit reminded city officials on Monday night that they are not levying the maximum amount allowable for three funds, and that they could consider doing so to help with their budget deficit.
    About four hours later, the Vandalia City Council voted to levy the maximum amounts for the city’s corporate, fire protection and police protection funds.

  • Calm election day in Fayette County

    Illinois residents were still waiting on Wednesday to see who had won the state’s gubernatorial race. In Fayette County, however, there was no suspense on the evening of Tuesday’s general election, with only one local contest on the ballot.
    That contest was in Fayette County Board District 1, where Democrat incumbent Loy Staff defeated Republican challenger David Challans.

  • Patoka, St. Elmo and South Central to play for regional titles

    The Patoka, St. Elmo and South Central High School volleyball teams will all be playing for regional championships on Saturday.

    Patoka, the No. 3 seed in the Raymond Regional, will face No. 1 Raymond-Lincolnwood at Raymond-Lincolnwood High School at 2 p.m. The Warriors defeated No. 6 Mt. Olive and No. 2 Morrisonville to advance on Thursday.

    St. Elmo, the No. 1 seed in the Strasburg Regional, will face No. 2 Neoga at Stewardson-Strasburg High School at 5 p.m. The Eagles defeated No. 8 Brownstown and No. 5 Stew-Stras to advance on Wednesday.

  • Reunion - Porter

    The Porter reunion was held on Sept. 19 at the American Legion Home in Shelbyville, with 49 present.
    It was decided to hold the reunion at the same place next year. Officers elected were: president, Sam Sims; vice president, Joe Martin; and secretary, Terry Martin.
    The afternoon was spent taking pictures, visiting and playing games.
    Those present were:
    From St. Elmo: Lavern Buff; Tony, Lisa and Andrea Koberlein; Matt, Becky and Matison Koberlein; and Terry and Joe Martin.