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Today's News

  • Tools for School under way

    Once again, the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to Fayette County students who need help, is under way.
    Step one is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Any groups wishing to donate can contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia (283-0937) to see what is needed.

  • John Sawyer's place in history

    When German traveler Frederick Gustorf visited Illinois in the mid-1830s, he kept a journal that was later published. In the journal, he described the traveling conditions and his impressions of the people he met along the way.
    Many travelers like Gustorf who visited America returned to their home country and wrote travel commentaries. Thousands of people, upon reading their books, were able to choose what place in America they wanted to settle.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Bobby Joe Carroll.
    No one identified him.
    This week’s Scrambler: slersestsesn nda oitnstendc rea eht seiscetnise fo eorsgprs.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Prudence is the necessary ingredient in all the virtues, that without which they denegrate into folly and excess.

  • Tour, Grande Levée translate into local dollars

    Anyone in Vandalia who has questioned the value of tourism in the past should have seen that value in the past week.
    First, many residents watched hundreds and hundreds of vehicles, many of them classic cars and trucks, go through town at participants in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made their way to Indianapolis, Ind.
    What many didn't see were the stops that those drivers made in town, either to fill up on fuel or grab something to eat, or both.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Pete, The Missouri Dog, Update
    In answer to inquiries by our readers:  A phone call from Missouri was received by the Homestead this week from Pete’s owner and buddy, Bill’s brother, Joe Blackwell.   

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, June 22
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. See more info following the announcements.
    Friday, June 23
    • Art shows in Artworks Gallery, Fayette County Museum, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Lighthouse Pregnancy and Health Services inaugural golf outing. See info following these announcements.
    • Men’s Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.                 

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry M. Sasse, 60, 1030 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and improper lane usage. Bond was $1,500.
    • Dustin D. McNutt, 34, 530 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 20 for an alleged violation of bail bond and on a charge of resisting a peace officer. No bond information was listed.
    • Alex L. Golden, 18, Watson, was arrested on June 19 on a charge of mob action. He was subsequently released.

  • South Central holds awards night

    By Lynn Smith, South Central High School
    On Monday evening, May 8, the South Central High School 28th annual Academic and Athletic Awards Night was held.