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Today's News

  • KC drops LPN program here

    Five days after a number of residents implored Kaskaskia College not to discontinue the licensed practical nursing program at KC’s Vandalia Campus, the KC Board of Trustees took that action.

  • Vandalia man takes 50 years in prison for child pornography

    Less than a month after he was arrested on 17 counts of child pornography, a Vandalia man has pleaded guilty to five of those counts and agreed to serve up to 50 years in prison.

  • Vandalia man acquitted on harassment charge by jury

    A Fayette County jury deliberated for only about 30 minutes before finding a Vandalia man not guilty of harassing a witness.
    In a trial that lasted only several hours, Larry M. Ishum, 32, was acquitted on a charge that alleged that he communicated with a female who was the alleged victim in a pending domestic battery case.
    Ishum was charged with the offense, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, as a trial on that domestic battery was getting under way in June of this year.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 28

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, July 29

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Natosha Doan, 18, 27701 Louse Creek Drive, Patoka, was arrested on July 25 on charges of motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal damage to property. Bond was $10,000.
    • Sarah E. Abrams, 23, Hillsboro, was arrested on July 24 on charges of obstructing justice and unlawful use/possession of a weapon. Bond was $15,000.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – City police officer Danny Carman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Randolph and Coles streets that occurred while he was responding to a call.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson Stein of St. James were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The Vandalia City Council narrowed the list of candidates for economic development director from 38 to five.
    Eric Kingery of Ramsey signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lake Land College in Mattoon.

  • Another budget impasse effect

    Local residents learned last week of another effect of the state's inability to come up with a permanent budget – Kaskaskia College announced it planned to discontinue its licensed practical nursing progam in Vandalia.
    Although we hate to see that decision, we can understand what it's based on. Many, many tough decisions have come from many sources as a result of the state's inability to pay out the money that it owes, and this is one of those.

  • A history of the Miller brothers

    I am often asked where the ideas come for my articles that are published weekly in this newspaper. Often the idea comes from a question that someone asks me that I am unable to answer.
    One of these was asked some years back by the late John Leander of Vandalia, who volunteered at the Fayette County Museum. John told me he had a visitor in the museum who asked what he knew about the two Miller brothers of Ramsey who were both doctors. One of the brothers participated in the Oklahoma land rush.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these boys grew up in Bluff City, and they all still live in Fayette County.

    Last week's photo: Bill Robison and Virginia "Ginny" Wilbur.
    Identifying them were: Linda Townsend, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey and John Schaub.
    This week’s Scrambler: tevrenaud si owlhtwheri ni sifelt.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Hindsight is an exact science.