Today's News

  • Marriage Licenses

    Shawn Michael Scarlett
    Megan Elizabeth Beck
    Matthew Steven Walton
    Misty Lucille Pfeifer
    Brandon Lee Dunn
    Desiree Nicole Carroll
    Ronald Keith Rogers
    Abigail Christine Hickerson
    Richard Scott Compton
    Courtney Renae Baker
    Tyler Patrick Meseke
    Ashley Lynn Durbin

  • First National Bank celebrates 150th anniversary
  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 20
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • The St. Elmo Education Foundation will hold its annual meeting this Thursday at 7 p.m. in the unit office. Directors and officers will be elected, and there will be discussion of fundraising activities and accomplishments.
    Monday, August 24
    • The Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday evening was 124.
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 85.  
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Larry Guerrettaz
    • Those with long-term health concerns
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Madison Lash
    -Dennis Lee
    -Carolyn Maske
    -Ed Morton

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    (Most) Homestead Critters
    Enjoying Lazy Summer Days
    Some of the barn critters are enjoying the summer days, namely Madricka, the mother donkey, and her young son, Buckwheat (aka baby Bucky).  
    They can often be seen stretched out in the sunshine, usually on their sides, soaking up the sunshine.

  • Two samples test positive for West Nile

    Samples gathered last week in two areas of Fayette County tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Cyr, supervising sanitarian for Fayette County Health Department, said that first West Nile virus positive batches of mosquitoes in Fayette County were collected as part of routine testing by the department.
    “These results demonstrate the continued need for people to ensure they are protected from mosquito bites,” Cyr said.
    The mosquito samples were collected in rural Ramsey and rural Shobonier/St. Peter last Tuesday and tested last Wednesday.

  • Mayor gives info on property at Eighth and Veterans

    As Vandalia’s mayor updated council members on the downtown demolition project on Monday, he also reported on another project, one on the city’s north side.
    Gottman told aldermen that the company leasing the property at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue from Larry Mabry has bought out the lease and turned the property back over to Mabry.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
    Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Vandalia Memories