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Today's News

  • Brownstown seventh-graders going to state tournament

    VANDALIA — The Brownstown Jr. High seventh-grade girls basketball team qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A state tournament with a 24-10 victory against Roxana on Wednesday at the Vandalia Sectional.

    Brownstown led 20-4 going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a strong defensive effort, which included 24 steals, and solid rebounding.

    Dana Shelton led Brownstown with 11 points, while Deana Shelton added 14 rebounds and nine points. Fatima Viramontes had eight steals in the game.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, the Evergreen Outreach meeting was blessed by  SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They opened the meeting with beautiful, peaceful, soft music from 10 instruments (three saxophones, three trumpets, a French horn, a piccolo, a clarinet and a flugelhorn). Later, they incorporated jingle bells and a tambourine.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Lawrence Arthur McFall Jr.
    Brownstown
    Karen Elaine Cochran
    Brownstown
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    Andrew Jerome Hoover
    Mulberry Grove
    Mary Lavonne Turner
    Ramsey
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    Adam James Turner
    Vandalia
    Jaci Dawn Marie Litaker
    Vandalia
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    Calvin Taylor Ray Mazander
    Brownstown
    Cheyanne Nicole Swofford
    Brownstown
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    Benjamin Lee Gass

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Gottfried, 51, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Nov. 27 for driving 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. Bond was $2,000.
    • Crystal L. Snider, 29, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Guadalupe Quintanilla, 35, Homestead, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 29

  • Sarver's book recalls rural life in 1914-15

    Recently I have been reading a book written by Jess Sarver, titled, “As It Comes To Mind.” Initially published in 1976 by The Pana News-Palladium of Pana, a second printing was done in 1980. My copy is from the second run.
    This little book centers on Jess’s home in Carson Township, and the family, neighbors and friends who were all a part of his life while growing up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

  • Shopping locally better than mall

    We've now survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we've even been subjected to a new phenomenon  – Black Thursday. That's the name given to sales that start on Thanksgiving Day.
    The national media has fanned the flames of these new examples of commercialism-gone-bad by highlighting the crazy antics of rude shoppers at the malls. We've seen fistfights, mad dashes for prized products and general displays of rudeness. It's all in the name of  getting a certain gift at any cost.

  • Santa to arrive this Saturday in Rotary parade

    Two weeks ago, Vandalia merchants officially kicked off the Christmas shopping season with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It was a rousing success, with crowds of shoppers meandering through festively decorated stores in the downtown business district.
    Since then, Vandalia merchants have been putting their best foot forward as they've welcomed holiday shoppers.
    This weekend brings another landmark in the Christmas tradition in downtown Vandalia.