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Today's News

  • CMN Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has designated this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day in Vandalia.

    On Saturday, volunteers will be accepting donations for the CMN at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue. Shown with Gottman are Cheryl Pollard, left, and Franklin Terry III, employees of Walmart, which heads up local fundraising efforts for the CMN.

  • Shobonier woman dies in I-70 accident

    A Shobonier woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, drove eastbound into the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 68-mile exit shortly before 2 p.m.

    The state police said that the Sasse vehicle collided head-on with an International tractor-trailer driven by Uulu Marifat Azamat, 22, of Chicago.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Sasse dead at the scene at 247 p.m.

  • Southwestern Electric annual meeting is Sept. 6

    Southwestern Electric Cooperative members and their families are invited to attend the co-op’s 76th annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Greenville Junior High School. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and breakfast will be served from 7-9:30 a.m.
    The cooperative’s business meeting will follow at 10 a.m.

  • Wayne Adams joins L-U advertising sales staff

    Wayne Adams, a veteran salesman for phone directories in South Central Illinois, has joined The Leader-Union as an advertising sales representative.

  • Midland States Bank promotes Michael King

    Midland States Bank announced this week the promotion of Michael King to Regional Banking Center Manager for the Central and Southern Illinois regions.

  • Drew Baldridge Performs At Altamont

    Patoka native Drew Baldridge continues to advance his country music career.

    He recently performed at the Effingham County Fair in Altamont. During his career, he has shared the stage with artists such as Alabama, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry and Justin Moore.

  • Births

    William Scott Maher
    Megan and Greg Maher of O’Fallon are the parents of a boy born at 10:09 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Birthdays

    Mardell Carpenter
    An open house to honor Mardell Carpenter of Vandalia for her 75th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, in the First Pentecostal Church Educational Building, 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.
    For those unable to attend, cards may be sent to: 113 Woodland Hills Court, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Brian Willenborg added to state's 4-H Hall of Fame

    The Illinois 4-H Foundation annually recognizes one 4-H volunteer per county for exemplary service to the Illinois 4-H program as a Hall of Fame winner, and Fayette County’s nominee this year is Brian Willenborg.

  • Fayette County 4-H'ers show well at state fair

    Fayette County 4-H’ers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 7-17.  
    Seth Purcell placed third with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,275-1,345 pounds in the Junior Show.
    Purcell placed second in the Land of Lincoln Cattle Show with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,365-1,407 pounds, and placed second in the Livestock Show with his Hereford/Polled Hereford steer 1,365-1,407 pounds