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Today's News

  • Another budget impasse effect

    Local residents learned last week of another effect of the state's inability to come up with a permanent budget – Kaskaskia College announced it planned to discontinue its licensed practical nursing progam in Vandalia.
    Although we hate to see that decision, we can understand what it's based on. Many, many tough decisions have come from many sources as a result of the state's inability to pay out the money that it owes, and this is one of those.

  • A history of the Miller brothers

    I am often asked where the ideas come for my articles that are published weekly in this newspaper. Often the idea comes from a question that someone asks me that I am unable to answer.
    One of these was asked some years back by the late John Leander of Vandalia, who volunteered at the Fayette County Museum. John told me he had a visitor in the museum who asked what he knew about the two Miller brothers of Ramsey who were both doctors. One of the brothers participated in the Oklahoma land rush.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – City police officer Danny Carman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Randolph and Coles streets that occurred while he was responding to a call.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson Stein of St. James were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The Vandalia City Council narrowed the list of candidates for economic development director from 38 to five.
    Eric Kingery of Ramsey signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lake Land College in Mattoon.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these boys grew up in Bluff City, and they all still live in Fayette County.

    Last week's photo: Bill Robison and Virginia "Ginny" Wilbur.
    Identifying them were: Linda Townsend, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey and John Schaub.
    This week’s Scrambler: tevrenaud si owlhtwheri ni sifelt.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Hindsight is an exact science.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation for meals is $3. Call the site  at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Life on the Homestead …
    … is getting back to normal and coping with the hot weather. Although the head homesteader (namely Bill) is still recuperating from his recent bout with pneumonia in the hospital, he is taking his medicine and following doctor’s orders and trying to stay in out of the hot sun, helped a great deal by “the kids” with the mowing, trimming and a special weed-killer sprayer-wielder.
    The critters are coping also, in spite of their furry or hairy coats.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 28
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.  
    Tuesday, August 2
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are asked to take school supplies for the grade school.
    Wednesday, August 3
    • St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., St. Elmo City Hall.
    Thursday, August 4
    • Registration at St. Elmo Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • More memories of the railroad in Vandalia

    Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover’s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.

  • Vandalia man acquitted on harassment charge by jury

    A Fayette County jury deliberated for only about 30 minutes before finding a Vandalia man not guilty of harassing a witness.
    In a trial that lasted only several hours, Larry M. Ishum, 32, was acquitted on a charge that alleged that he communicated with a female who was the alleged victim in a pending domestic battery case.
    Ishum was charged with the offense, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, as a trial on that domestic battery was getting under way in June of this year.