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Today's News

  • Expert Service Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at Expert Service. On hand for the ceremony were, from left, Sally Emerick, Chamber president Ben Timmermann, Expert Service staff members Troy Poe, Sharon Stoldt, Steve Stoldt and Rhonda Poe, Mayor Rick Gottman, Chamber Executive Director Tiffany Berry and Greg Starnes.

  • Reserve Grand Champion at State Fair

    Cole Horner of Vandalia is pictured with his reserve grand champion Land of Lincoln wether at the 2012 Illinois State Fair.

    Shown with Cole are Dick and Brenda Horner, and Sarah, Maverik and Brad Horner, all of Vandalia. The lamb was raised by Horner Show Lambs of rural Vandalia.

  • Births

    Jonas Michael Baker
    Marcus and Ashley Baker of St. Louis, Mo., are the parents of a son born at 12:24 p.m. on May 1, 2012, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clark Sr. of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.


    Tom (Keltel) and the former Sharon Shevlin were married on Nov. 10, 1962, in Centerville.
    The Clarks have two sons: Tom Clark Jr. and his wife Betty, and Ron Clark and his wife Kim.
    They have five grandchildren: Angela and her husband Juan Arroyo, William “Billy” Clark, Tasha Clark, Ashley and her husband James Koonce, and Levi Clark.
    They have three great-grandchildren: Jon Ivey, Trent Clark and Kaiden Arroyo.

  • Wedding

    Karen Willms of Vandalia and Steve Storm of Brownstown were united in marriage in an 11 a.m. ceremony on July 4, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Rev. Jim Dann officiating.

  • Every day is good day to remember veterans

    By James E. Koutz
    When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors. But Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often-times, life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Judge Henry shares early Vandalia memories

    In 1914, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, the editor asked old settlers to write down their remembrances of Vandalia and submit them to the newspaper for publication in a special issue.

  • Remember our veterans on Nov. 11

    Directly on the heels of Tuesday’s election day, we’ll observe Veterans Day on Sunday. Though they are very different days, they’re bound together by a common theme.
    Both are centered on a key element of our nation: freedom.
    Our elections are a key element in preserving our democracy. We’re free to vote our conscience in our elections – whether it’s in the presidential race or in the most obscure local position on the ballot.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bernie R. Wideman, 59, Donnellson, was arrested on Oct. 6 for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft. Bond was $10,000.
    • Melvin C. Eller, 30, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 5 on a charge of retail theft (two counts). Bond was $1,000.
    • Shawn E. Allen, 32, RR 1, Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 5 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $70 cash.
    • Amber N. Ashworth, 24, 1603 W. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 5 on a warrant for retail theft. Bond was $2,500.