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Today's News

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 2, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Historical Vandalia Inc., the operator of the Fayette County Museum, started selling engraved bricks, which will be placed in walkways around the museum.
    According to an Illinois State Police report, crime was down in Fayette County in 1994. The total crime was 257, down from 314 in 1993.
    Gene and Marette Durbin of Ramsey were planning to celebrate their golden anniversary, and Robert and Eileen Osborne of Vandalia were to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 2, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 50 years ago, grew up east of Vandalia. She was the owner of a downtown Vandalia business for several years. She recently celebrated a special birthday.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week. More photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn how swive het dwolr ta tyfif eth mesa yaw eh idd ta tynewt sha dawtse tyriht sraye fo feli.

  • Bell FG lifts Vandals to win in opener

    Daniel Bell's field goal with four seconds left lifted Vandalia over East Alton-Wood River in the Vandals' opener on Friday night.

    But the 24-21 victory wouldn't be secured until an EAWR receiver who caught a hail mary pass was stopped just feet from the goal line.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Come-from-behind win gives Patoka title at Ramsey

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • First Day of School

    Last Friday was the first day of kindergarten for a number of children in the Vandalia School District. In the first photo, Logan Nance sticks close to his mother while learning about his new classroom at Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia. In the other photo, Jefferson kindergarten teacher Lisa Robbins talks to Trinity Velazquez about some of the fun activities she will enjoy at school.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News Aug. 26, 2010

    By Panzi Blackwell

     

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News-Aug. 26, 2010

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

     

  • "Guitars for God" perform

    About five years ago, the Rev. John McIntosh, former pastor of First United Methodist Church of Vandalia, expressed his dream for a fellowship group for guitarists.
    The late Vera Durbin encouraged this idea and was one of the founding members. The fellowship grew into the group known as “Guitars for God.” The group is active playing and singing for  local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. By request, they have also taken their music to such public functions as local parades and celebrations.

  • Church Briefs

    'One Month To Live' series at Northside

     

    What would you do if you discovered that you had one month to live? What would you do to make each day count? How would you relate differently with those you love?

    Northside Christian Church in Vandalia will allow participants to ask those questions as they participate in a 30-day challenge presented by Kerry and Chris Shook, authors of the book, "One Month To Live."