Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes


  • Two from VCHS attend band camp

    Maresha Mitchell, left, and Alexa Campbell of Vandalai Community High School attended the Smith/Walbridge Drum Major Camp at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. They are shown with Gary Smith, a former director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois. At the camp, Mitchell and Campbell received leadership and training they will put to use with this year's Marching Vandals.

  • State school sales tax holiday begins Friday

    With the first statewide back-to-school sales tax holiday starting this Friday and running through Sunday, Aug. 15, the Illinois Department of Revenue is reminding families to plan on shopping for the new clothes and school supplies their children need to get a good start at school this year.
    A list of items qualifying for the 5 percent sales tax break is available at www.tax.illinois.gov and can be downloaded or printed from any computer, and used to help plan necessary back-to-school purchases.

  • College Achievements

    St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    Katie L. Ochs of Vandalia has been named to the dean’s list with honors for the spring 2010 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
    To make the dean’s list with honors, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.
     Ochs is the daughter of Vince and Cathy Ochs and is a 2005 graduate of Vienna High School.
     Founded in 1864, STLCOP is the oldest college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River.

  • Teen injured when truck collides with train

    A Vandalia teen sustained serious injuries on Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Nathaniel C. Henna, 16, was northbound on County Road 1050 East when he drove upon a rail crossing and was struck by a northbound train owned by CSX Railroad Transportation Co.
    The crash caused damage to the left front portion of the train and to the entire front portion of the truck driven by Henna.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students needing assistance, has set the dates for supplies pickup:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-noon.

    Vandalia Rehab holds supply drive

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Gerold Lee Wimberly
    Lora Lynn Crawford
    Quentin Ray Moore
    Emily Ruth Davito
    Jonathan Paul Brown
    St. Elmo
    Rachel Cory Jarrett
    St. Elmo

  • Bond set at $2 million for teen charged with murder

    Bond was set at $2million on Thursday for a 15-year-old Farina male who was arrested on Wednesday for the murder of two Loogootee residents in their home

    At his first court appearance, Clifford W. Baker was formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed the charges just before Thursday's mid-morning hearing.

    He is charged with murdering John Michael Mahon, 60, and Debra J. Tish, 53.

  • Names of murder victims released

    The names of the two individuals who were murdered in their home early Wednesday morning have been released.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday evening that Debra J. Tish, 53, and John Michael Mahon, 60, died in their Loogootee home after being shot multiple times with a high-powered gun.

    Bowen pronounced Tish and Mahon dead at their home at 4:27 a.m. on Wednesday. Autopsies on the victims were performed on Wednesday at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings are pictured about 35 years ago. They grew up west of Vandalia. The girl on the left now lives about 60 miles west of here, is married and has four children. They boy in the middle and the girl on the right still live in the area. The boy is single and has one son. The girl is married and has two children.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Erma Joy Warner.