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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, born and reared in the Ramsey area, has six children (four daughters and two sons). She loves to bake and clean. She adores angels of many sizes.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Bill Morton.
    Identifying him were: Mary Cripe, Donna Taylor, Esther Stine, and Phillip and Phyllis Richards.
    This week’s Scrambler:  kamsiset rea a caft fo feli. ti si het spornees ot eth orrre tath snoctu.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The auditor for the city of Vandalia, Dale Timmermann, told the Vandalia City Council that it should consider hiking water rates, citing water and sewer deficits.
    The signing of a new operating agreement between Fayette County Hospital and CH Allied Services was scheduled for Sept. 7, and a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital addition was set for Sept. 8.
    Charles and Yvette Hall of Mulberry Grove were planning to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Early visitors to Vandalia give impressions

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia, with a population of 800, “unchanged since it was founded 15 years ago.”
    He continued: “One can see about five or six big frame buildings containing stores.  The statehouse is a common brick building.  A solitary bank, a wooden church, with a small tower, and two or three state offices complete the community of Vandalia.

  • Y building shows power of dreams aided by means

    “So, what do you think?”
    That was the question posed by YMCA Board President Rick Myers to the crowd assembled Saturday at the dedication ceremony for the new building that houses the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    Spontaneous applause was their reaction to the unveiling of the $1.25 million, 16,952-square-foot facility.

  • Don Etcheson recalls days of family store in Shafter

    “W.E. Etcheson, General Merchandise” was the large sign under which Donald Etcheson was (figuratively) born 82 years ago, and lived from infancy until young manhood.
    Don Etcheson probably has more memories of the old Shafter Store, which was located on Ill. Route 185, than most people do.
    This is not surprising, as he grew up there in the days when Shafter was rather a hub of business and activities.

  • Local NRCS office collects food for local food pantry

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is aiming to collect at least 50,000 pounds of food for food pantries in this country. The local NRCS office is joining in on that effort.
    The local NRCS office, located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture building at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, is participating in the national “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” program by collecting foodstuffs for the local food pantry at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Vandalia.

  • New downtown merchants group formed

    Merchants in downtown Vandalia have decided to combat the sluggish economy by taking matters into their own hands. To help jump-start business activity in that historic district, they have formed an association.
    Simply called the Merchants Association, the group attracted about 20 people to a kickoff meeting last Tuesday, and leaders have made plans to host a rummage sale on Gallatin Street on Saturday, Sept.11.

  • Construction on FCH SCU to begin soon

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday learned that the state department of public health has approved the plans for the renovation of the hospital’s Special Care Unit, and construction is likely to start within a month.

  • Family YMCA dedicates new facility

    After years of planning and months of construction, the new home for the Family YMCA of Fayette County was dedicated on Saturday.
    The grand opening included a full slate of activities and entertainment, as well as a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
    “This is one of the best facilities we have in Vandalia,” said Mayor Rick Gottman. “It is a very important project to enhance the quality of life here.”

  • Arrest log at Fayette County Sheriff's Office

    • Margaret J. Barnett, 44, RR 2, Vandalia, was arrested on July 27 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

    • Courtney K. Swick, 28, 927 W. South St., Vandalia, was arrested on July 26 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while her license is suspended. Bond was $3,000.

    • John Holt, 21, RR 1, Cowden, was arrested on July 26 on a charge of criminal damage to property. He was released on the order of the state’s attorney’s office.