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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at the church, located at 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted. The proceeds will help fund United Methodist Men projects.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps down, precip up during February

    Last month, statewide temperatures continued to be below normal, while precipitation was above normal throughout the state. Much of the state was hit with heavy snow early in the month, with total snowfall for the month ranging from less than 6 inches to more than 24 inches.

    Much of the wheat crop had been blanketed by snow for the first half of the month, and still remains dormant.

    February also marked the beginning of calving season for many cattle operations throughout the state.

  • USDA Farm Service Agency aids rural areas

    Last year, the Illinois Farm Service Agency provided nearly $650 million in assistance to the state’s agriculture producers.
    Those funds help farmers and ranchers recover from disasters, implement conservation practices and support other activities to ensure the well-being of American farmers.
    Following is the breakdown of the federal farm payments issued in Illinois during 2010:

  • VCHS FFA celebrates FFA Week

    The week of Feb. 19-26 was designated as National FFA Week, and the Vandalia FFA chapter celebrated by hosting a variety of activities.
    On Monday, all high school students were encouraged to support agriculture by wearing articles of clothing that were agriculturally related.

  • St. Elmo loses sectional game; Harter out of shootout

    ALTAMONT -- St. Elmo was able to take a 14-8 lead in the first quarter, but consistent play from Woodlawn on both sides of the ball in the final three periods doomed the Eagles during a 61-38 loss in the first round of the sectional tournament on Wednesday.

    Junior Jake Mansker and senior Garrett Buzzard both scored 10 points for St. Elmo, but Mansker missed a key layup in the final seconds of the first half, which left the Eagles down 22-18.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 3, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young girl, pictured about 45 years ago, is the youngest of eight children. She now has two daughters and two granddaughters. She is a widow and has lived her entire life in Mulberry Grove.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Kenny Smith, Robert Smith and Karen Smith Little.
    Identifying them was:   Doris Young.

  • The Way We Were-March 3, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A Vandalia City Council committee was to gather facts and public input before acting on Mayor Rich Walker’s proposal to change the form of city government.
    Ten area residents served as waiters at an American Heart Association fund-raiser, “Celebrity Celebration for Heart” at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. The event raised $3,172 for the heart association.

  • Morale soared with 'Captain Sam'

    Capt. Sam Houston was an honored member of Co. I, Fourth Infantry, of the Illinois National Guard, joining the unit in 1898 at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war.
    Lest I confuse someone, I’m talking about a golden eagle who served as the mascot for Fayette County’s local National Guard company.
    According to Major E.P. Clayton, one of the commanders of Co. I, “Captain Sam” was captured four miles south of Vandalia by Frank Williams in April 1898 and sold to Martin F. Houston.

  • Storm a wake-up call to get ready

    The storm that roared through Fayette County on Sunday night and early Monday morning should serve as a wake-up call that the spring storm season is upon us.
    Though no injuries or fatalities were reported, this week’s storm did cause significant property damage in a variety of locations throughout the county. Some appeared to be straight-line wind damage, others had some of the characteristics of tornado winds.

  • FCHD open house is Tuesday

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.
    A special section produced by The Leader-Union about the move is included with this issue of the newspaper.