Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Cody A. Lange, 22, 1129 N. Second St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 14 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Dawson A.M. Rine, 18, 485 W. Cherokee Strip, Brownstown, was arrested on June 14 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, burglary and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. No bond information was listed.
    • Tyler P. Debono, 18, Holbrook, N.Y., was arrested on June 14 on charges of possession of cannabis, driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • You can join the beautification work

    Are you one of the Vandalia residents who bemoans the appearance of the community? Now you can be a part of a community facelift.
    The beautification committee formed by Mayor Rick Gottman late last year has met several times, kicking around some ideas about improving the city's looks. Now, it's inviting civic organizations and individuals to join the effort.
    The committee is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in council chambers at city hall, during which it will talk about possible beautification projects.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aenrnocig si tno silsb, ti si ibovlnio.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Melinda Garrison, LaTisha Paslay, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, Judy Elder, DeeDee Diveley, Cy and Lorene Locke, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • Honor Roll

    Fourth Quarter
    High Honors
    Third grade – Rylee Doza, Brookelynn Hill, Katie Meyer, Raegan Permenter, Camryn Phelps, Landon Robb, Karsyn Ronholdt, Lanie Spangenberg and Kaden Williams.
    Fourth grade – Alexis Beck, Destiny Barnett, Meredith Clark, Madilynn Garrett, Torrey Gray, Owen Landreth, Braden Meyer, Noah Reynolds, Sophie Smith, Kyndall Sturgeon, Brady Thompson, Breanne Torbeck and Wade Voelkel.

  • Golf Scramble
  • 14U Vandals finish second at Pawnee Tournament
  • YMCA offering water aerobics and tennis programs

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is offering two new programs this summer – water aerobics and Tennis.
    Registration for water aerobics is $30 for members and $60 for non-members; or $5 per session. Classes will take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 5-6 p.m., running from July 5 – Sept. 1.
    The Midwest Youth Tennis Team's summer season is every Monday from July 18 until Aug. 22 for age groups 5-10 and 11-14.
    Registration is $55 for members and $35 if registered by the early bird deadline, June 19.

  • Fayette County Shooting Sports Clubs compete at two events


  • Fayette County Speedway (June 5 results)

    JUNE 5

    HEAT 1
    1.    24 H MIKE HARRISON
    2.    N59 CHAD EVANS
    3.    10 CURT RHODES
    4.    21 KHRIS FOHNE
    HEAT 2
    1.    1S BRIAN SHAW
    2.    1 ZACH FAIR
    4.    128 ZACH SCHANTZ
    1.    1S BRIAN SHAW
    2.    24H MIKE HARRISON