Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo is of a popular local band in the 1960s.

    From left to right are Mike Hourigan, Mike Uelberg, Mike Scoles, Slick Cothern and Jerry Finley.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989  – The Vandalia Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was a huge success.
    A Cumberland Road Festival in the spring and an Old Capital Settlers’ Association Festival in the fall were to replace Fifth Saturday celebrations in Vandalia.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team repeated as regional champions with a 15-11, 15-3 win over Vandalia in the tournament finals. The Bombers lost to Newton in first-round sectional action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Levi Halford, with Mickey Gilley.
    Identifying him were: Mrs. Rabe, John Hagy and Kathy Blain.
    This week’s Scrambler: eth tweas fo elif sncdiocoea yb ntiryg ot od oto hyam ta neoc si plgipania.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: By perseverancem the snail reached the ark.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Most family stories pretty much true

    Having worked in family genealogy for nearly 35 years now, I have come to believe that most stories told within a family are 90-percent accurate. Some facts have been forgotten over the years with some added, as the story is retold in each generation, but the basic kernel of truth remains.
    One of my favorites, a story told in the Bricker family and recorded in the 1862 Knox County, Ohio, history book, tells about Ludwig (Lewis) Bricker, whose kin ended up in Fayette County and live here today.

  • Support programs that support us

    With economic times being what they are, many worthwhile programs in the community are looking for support from community residents. Opportunities to provide such support abound within the next week.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:

    Kenneth Lee Eastin
    Tonia Marie Crum
    Charles Braiden Pryor
    Jade Lynn Ledbetter
    Kenneth Edward Helton
    Teena Lynn Stewart
    Jamey Lynn Wilkinson
    St. Peter
    Jessica Sue Roman
    St. Peter
    Lukas Dean Perkins

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • David W. Howell, 42, Decatur, was arrested on Oct. 21 on a warrant for a charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. Bond was $30,000.
    • Zachary A. Willis, 21, 603 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 20 on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition without a Firearm Owners Identification card. Bond was $25,000.
    • Michael R. Rhodes, 29, Nokomis, was arrested on Oct. 20 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $150.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    YES – Lady, the Little Senior Mini-Horse …
    … now has not only one, but two new stable friends. The unknown, little jenny donkey that I knew was just waiting for us was found at the caring home of Ron Groennert and his sister Rhonda’s home in Okawville.
    When we saw their ad in the Trader paper to sell a jack donkey, we called to see if they would happen to know of a little mini-jenny, and there she was (among several other nice little jennies), waiting for us with a baby donkey by her side – a double blessing!

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 177.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Roxanne Emrick
    -Irma Jean Kruenegel
    -Ed Morton
    -Dorothy Vogus
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Mary Brimberry
    -Mary Dierks
    -Maria Oswald
    -Carolyn Quade

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, October 16
    • Fayette County 4-H youth ages 8-10 are invited to meet at the St. Elmo Public Library from 3:30-5 p.m. to participate in the NYSD event, “Rockets to the Rescue.” For more information, see the National Youth Science Day article following the announcements.
    Saturday, October 18