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Today's News

  • Extension among proposed state cuts

    With this year’s Fayette County 4-H Show just around the corner, funding for the program that provides that show is among those in the spotlight during the state’s budget impasse.
    University of Illinois Extension is one of the programs included in cuts proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner as he tries to get state legislators to approve a balanced budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday.

  • SWCD executive director explains potential impact

    Kelly Thompson, SWCD Executive Director
    Nearly $7.5 million Soil and Water Conservation District funding for FY 2016 has been named in the governor’s latest budget cuts and will be “suspended” July 1 if a balanced budget cannot be reached by the General Assembly.
    The suspension of funds accounts for district operations and cost-share project appropriations. If the suspension is not lifted, soil and water conservation districts around the state will be forced to dismantle their work force and offices will close.

  • Bids for swimming pool project opened on July 9

    Vandalia Park District officials will know in the near future whether bids for the renovation of the district’s swimming pool are in line with estimates for the project.

  • Law Dogs hold national rally in Vandalia

    If you were anywhere around Vandalia this past weekend, the thunder from the storms wasn’t the only loud noise you heard. You also heard the sound of 130 motorcycles as the Law Dogs LE/MC held its National Rally here last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at America’s Best Value Inn.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 25

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 26

  • Vandalia Lions starting Leo Clubs this fall

    It is documented that Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that that ball was a baseball, as Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday and Saturday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, they visited Mary Harpster at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    On Sunday, Mitch, Gretchen and boys traveled to Troy to the baptism of Katie Kline, daughter of Caleb and Krissie Kline, where they were serving as Katie’s godparents.
    Marriage

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    A Pleasant, Peaceful Day...
    … flavored also with good memories, was enjoyed by the human inhabitants of the homestead (namely Bill and Panzi) as we took a car ride down in the Shobonier/Southern Vandalia countryside one day last week.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 25
    • The 2015 Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show continues through Sunday in the upstairs Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open from 1-4 p.m. this Sunday.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Saturday, June 27
    • Fayette County 4-H Food and Clothing shows, Brownstown Elementary School. Check in is from 12-1 p.m. and judging at 1 p.m.
    Sunday, June 28

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: lal nhtsgi rea slbpeiso ot mih atht elhvibete.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.