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Today's News

  • St. Elmo falls to Beecher for EIC fall baseball crown

    After stroking at least 10 hits in the first two games of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament, St. Elmo’s bats were shut down by top-seeded Beecher City’s Austin Miley during a 15-5 loss in the championship game last Thursday.

    Miley struck out eight Eagles in a six-inning, complete game effort, allowing only Ben Sperry, Connor Beasley and Woodsen Savage a total of four singles in the game.

  • Rushing attack gives Vandalia 200th win

    Two weeks ago, the Vandalia football team started well, scoring two quick touchdowns against Roxana, but then was blanked the rest of the game as the Shells scored 32 unanswered points.

    On Friday, the Vandals made sure that didn’t happen again. They hit hard early, put the pedal to the metal and never let up.

  • State Treasurer Candidate Visits Vandalia

    Dan Rutherford, a state senator from Pontiac who is the Republican candidate for state treasurer in November, stopped in Vandalia last week to visit with local residents. Rutherford, who is opposed by Democrat Robin Kelly and Green Party candidate Scott Summers, touted his 18 years as a state legislator as well as his experience  as a businessman. To Rutherford's left is state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

  • FOURGIVEN Quartet records CD in Tennessee

    Lawrence Brown, Dewayne Brown, Russ Stewart and Bob Culbertson traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to fill the request of their fans, to cut a CD of their music as the popular gospel group, the FOURGIVEN Quartet.
    They consented to share their experience, which proved to be even more unforgettable, sadly, by the fact that, due to the terrible onslaught of the recent storm, the area was flooded and homes and buildings ruined.

  • Candidates for April 5 election begin working

    While many candidates are in the home stretch of runs for public office this November, others are just beginning their efforts to win elected offices.
    Last Tuesday was the first day that individuals interested in running for positions to be filled on April 5 of next year could begin circulating nominating petitions.
    On the ballot next spring are full, four-year terms for half of the seats on local city councils and village boats, as well as seats on local school boards, park districts, library boards, community college boards and regional boards of school trustees.

  • Tish fails in attempt to dismiss suit

    A request by St. Elmo’s mayor to have a lawsuit filed by the city’s police chief he terminated has been rejected.
    Now, the suit filed against Larry Tish by Ken Thomason will continue with amended filings.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Tish’s motion seeking dismissal of the amended complaint filed by Thomason in July.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young cousins, pictured in about 1935 grew up in the area. The girl now lives in Carbondale and the boy lives in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Clockwise, from upper left: Wilma Rook Kruger, Frank Rook Sr., Frank Rook Jr. and Mary Rook Gebke.
    Identifying them were: Norma Terry, Shirley Mattes, JoAnn Corry, Paul and Phyllis Sarver, Carolyn Grames and Karen Zimmerman.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 30, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – A child playing with matches started a fire which caused extensive damage to his family’s home and destroyed two buildings near the house.
    Charles W. Mills, former owner and publisher of The Leader-Union, was selected as the parade marshal for the 53rd annual Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.
    Vandalia officials held a pre-construction conference for the extension of sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange. Construction was to get under way the following week.

  • Family stories enhance ties to ancestors

    In Panzi Blackwell’s recent Fayette Faces column "Meyers still holding hands after 70 years," we were allowed into the life of Elvis and Maxine Meyer of rural Vandalia.  
    Having known Elvis and Maxine for years, it was very interesting to learn more about how they met and their life together.
    Through the annual family reunions of the Meyer family, I came to know Elvis’s father, Clyde Meyer, as well as his brother, Claude, and sister, Fern Worker – all first cousins to grandma, Berniece Meyer Spires, of Bingham.

  • Get involved; run for office

    Municipalities and school districts throughout our area – and the state – are facing tough times financially, with much of it due to our state’s financial troubles. We depend on the individuals who live among us to represent us and get us through those tough times.
    Next April, we will be electing individuals to our municipal and school board positions. Hopefully, there will be many of you out there who will consider serving your communities through those positions.