Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Farewell to Little Josie
    As we have shared with our readers, the health of our little dog, Josie, has been deteriorating for some time. She was 16years old on Mother’s Day.
    Josie was special in that she was so tiny when she was born. She was half the size of her three siblings and she was not breathing, nor was her heart beating when she was born.   
    Bill gently thumped her heart, then massaged it with one finger until she started breathing.
    She had been healthy, affectionate, happy and playful until the signs of age began showing.

  • St. Elmo News

    Saturday, June 18
    • Fayette County Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., upstairs in Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. It will continue through June 26. No admission charge.
    • Le Mar Marchman’s 90th birthday open house, 1-3 p.m., St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The family requests no gifts.

  • State asks judge to reconsider case dismissal

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed its arguments for having a judge reconsider his decision to dismiss a case before a jury had an opportunity to reach a verdict.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Duke filed at the end of last month a motion in which she asked Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to reconsider his ruling in the Benyamin Israel.
    In 2014, Israel was charged with robbery, aggravated battery/strangling, aggravated battery in a public case and obstructing justice.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ioiplsyniesrbt cetuasde.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Juanita Workman, Judy Elder and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    25 Years Ago

  • Some early history of our schools

    The report of County School Superintendent C.F. Easterday published in the Nov. 16, 1905, issue of The Vandalia Union was especially enlightening because he went into some detail in his description of the interior of the school.

  • Help two groups helping Vandalia

    Last Thursday, two groups whose work can greatly benefit Vandalia got together to discuss some ways to do that. One organization is new, and the other is a long-standing group that is going through a revitalization.
    New officers for the Vandalia Historical Society at its meeting at the Little Brick House, one of our historical assets that the group is tring to promote.

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.