Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 26
    ✔ 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, August 27
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St. Admission is by donation.

  • News Briefs-Aug. 26, 2010

    VCHS yearbooks may be picked up

    Copies of the 2010 Vandalois, the yearbook at Vandalia Community High School, have arrived and may be picked up beginning Monday in the cafeteria from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or in the office after 2:15 p.m. Anyone having questions may contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge by phone at 283-5155 or e-mail at avieregg@fayette.k12.il.us.

    Habitat taking applications for home

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug. 26, 2010

    • Larry D. Willis, 49, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 24 on a charge of forgery. Bond was $3,500.
    • Abie W. Whipple, 45, LaClede, was arrested on Aug. 23 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a small claims matter. Bond was $640 cash.
    • Kevin M. King, 35, Tulsa, Okla., was arrested on Aug. 22 on a Kankakee County warrant for driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $10,500.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 26, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency gave Historical Vandalia Inc. $50,000 to use toward the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church, which houses the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.
    Vandalia School District officials and the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association agreed to a two-year extension on the contract for district teachers. The extension gave teachers a pay increase of 5 percent in each of the two years.
    Floyd and Lucille Bingaman of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 65th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 26

    No Mystery Banks Photo this week. (We need photos. If you have old photos that are at least 20 years old and are of people who are still living, bring them in.)
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Marcia Curry Haslett, Deborah Curry Merrill and Tom Curry.
    Identifying them were: Dick and Joyce Paul, and Maxine Crager.
    This week’s Scrambler: meit si a targe hatrece, tub tralfunyounte ti slilk lal sti plipsu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Schools are in session; use extra caution

    In case you haven’t noticed the increased morning and afternoon traffic around area schools, we’ll give you a gentle reminder that school is now in session.
    For those of us whose daily route takes us past a school, that means we must pay closer attention to students on their way to or from school. Whether they’re elementary school students who are prone to dash into the street or teens who are preoccupied with their cell phones as they walk or drive, school zones can be dangerous areas.

  • Don Funk exemplified a 'life well-lived'

     When I received my copy of The Leader- Union in the mail this past Thursday, I learned that my longtime chemo buddy, Don Funk, had passed.
    My first thoughts were of the place he had in my life.  
    I met Don Funk in 1999 when I began the long haul of chemotherapy for breast cancer.  We visited from time to time as we occupied easy chairs in the treatment rooms at Fayette County Hospital.

  • Brownstown Church to host car show Saturday

    Brownstown First Christian Church will host a “Shine for Jesus” car show this Saturday at the Association of Christian Truckers’ Road Angel Center, located three miles west of Brownstown at the intersection of U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 70.

    All cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors are welcome to enter. Registration, which opens at 8 a.m., is $5. Judging starts at 10 a.m., and trophies will be awarded.

    The Jeff Higginson Band from Inner City Mission in Springfield will perform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • School bus safety tips offered

    Julie Wollermann
    Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools

    As schools reopen, it is important to remember school bus safety.
    Across the US, a disturbing trend has emerged – motorists who fail to stop for school buses in loading zones have caused an Increase in fatalities.
    Nearly half of the deaths across the nation that occurred near school buses were attributed to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus that had activated its red lights and stop arm.

  • CEFS holds annual meeting

    According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
    Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.