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Today's News

  • Callie Mae Ledbetter

    Josh and Ashanta Ledbetter of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 3:56 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Callie Mae.
    She has two siblings, 4-year-old Chad and 2-year-old Brenner.
    Grandparents are Patricia Wright, and David and Dianne Ledbetter, all of St. Elmo. Great-grandparents are Gary Wright of St. Elmo and Evelyn Hutchison of Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Main Street gains national accreditation

    Vandalia Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
    Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

  • Timmy Ray Snelling III

    Timmy and Jessenyn Snelling of Bellmont are the parents of a boy born at 9:58 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
    He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and as 20½ inches long. He was named Timmy Ray.
    Grandparents are Chris and Shara Smith of Vandalia, Lynn Lash of Vera, and Tim and Carlina Snelling of Mt. Carmel.
    Great-grandparents are Cecil Warren of Vera, Dean and Virginia Elam of Vandalia, David and Judy Banks of Mt. Carmel, and the late Doris Lash.

  • Jaesa Jolynn Worker

    LaNeil and Billie Worker of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 9:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20½ inches long. She was named Jaesa Jolynn.
    She has one brother, 9-year-old Kaelyb, and two sisters, 11-year-old Jaedyn and 6-year-old Billye.
    Grandparents are Bob and Billye Marquardt of Vandalia, Melvin and Betty Worker of Texas, the late Connie Worker of Vandalia, and Eddie and Sue Dean of Patoka.

  • Arrests from Sheriff's Log-Aug. 11

    • Cory A. Bunker, 17, 1604 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 10 on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon/bomb (two counts). No bond amount was listed.
    • Will J. Harre, 22, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on Aug. 10 on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon/bomb (two counts). No bond amount was listed.
    • Shane H. Cozadd, 31, Kewanee, was arrested on Aug. 10 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and public indecency. Bond was $1,000.

  • Card shower for Carla Woolsey

    A card shower has been requested for Carla Woolsey, daughter of Marilyn Spradling Torbeck, who is hospitalized in St. Louis.
    Her address is: Carla Woolsey, c/o Barnes Jewish Hospital, Room 6946, 216 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63110-1026.

  • Jack and Jerry Bail, 60th birthdays

    Jack Bail of St. Elmo and Jerry Bail of Shabbona, celebrated their 60th birthday on July 18. They spent a weekend at Bail Cottage near St. Elmo.
    On Saturday evening, a family dinner was served. On Sunday, the dinner included extended family members.
    Attending were brothers, Jim and Linda Bail of Chelsea, Mich., and Scott, Sharon, Jason and Justin Bail, all of Indiana, along with their mother, Erma and Jim Budlove of San Diego, Calif.

  • Richard Williams, 90th birthday

    Richard Williams of Farina will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Farina American Legion Community Center.
    He was born on Aug. 15, 1920, in rural Kinmundy, the son of the late James E. and Cora Vallow Williams. He is a retired farmer. He and his wife Ruth recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured nearly 50 years ago, has lived most of his life in Vandalia. He and his wife have three grown children and five grandchildren. In this picture, he was advertising a local car dealership.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Tammy Stine Votrain, G.R. Stine II and Kelly Stine Redenbo.
    Identifying them were: Juanita and Ted Workman, Danny Donaldson, Shirley Ferguson, Bailee Workman and Debbie Smith.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The chief of staff preservation services for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency came to Vandalia to view the rehabilitation work being done on the Fayette County Museum building.
    Tom Isbell, a Vandalia alderman and former member of the city planning commission, died after suffering a stroke.
    The Vandalia Vandals opened the 1995 football season with a 40-0 trouncing of Litchfield. Travis Blain led the Vandals’ offense with 73 yards, and Zach Gummert completed seven of 17 passes for 103 yards.