Today's News

  • ROE No. 3 office schedules two TRS meetings in area

    The Regional Office of Education No. 3, in conjunction with the Teachers Retirement System, will hold group meetings to provide information about TRS benefits and to explain the retirement process.
    Members of the retirements systems who have questions about their benefits and the retirement process should plan to attend one of the group meetings:
    • Cafetorium at Effingham High School, 1301 W. Grove St.-Wednesday, Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.
    • Cafeteria at Taylorville High School, 815 Springfield Road-Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.

  • Business collecting supplies for area school districts

    Willms and Yakel Insurance Agency is part of the effort to provide school supplies for local children.
    Through its Back to School Community Program, the agency, located at 411 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, is accepting donations of school supplies through Aug. 31.
    General supplies being accepted include spiral notebooks, tissues, three-ring binders, No. 2 pencils, crayons, markers, color pencils and hand sanitizer.
    The donated supplies will go to schools in Vandalia, Brownstown, St. Elmo and Ramsey.

  • VCHS Band Camp
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two good friends joined the miliary in 1954, and both went to Camp Chaffee for basic training. One then went to Germany and the other went to Taiwan. Both worked in communications and both are now retired.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The first native brigadier general

    When I received my copy of The Leader-Union two weeks ago, the lead story of Bryan
    Radliff’s promotion from colonel to brigadier general was like déjà vu.

  • 50 years later, story is the same

    When the Okaw Area Vocational Center was established half a century ago, The Vandalia Leader ran an editorial in which we touted the value of the center. Their words on the value of vocational education still ring true today; therefore, we are reprinting that July 27, 1967 editorial.
    The Okaw Area Vocational Center will provide the filler for an educational gap in this community, which has long been in need of attention.

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, August 10

  • Frogtown News

    Spends Weekend with Grandparents
    Harper Jacquin of St. Peter spent the weekend with grandparents, Dale and Donna Jacquin of Washington, Mo.
    School Registration
    St. Peter Lutheran School registration will be held this Thursday, from 3-7 p.m., and this Friday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 126. The vacancy pastor is the Rev. Josh Frazee.
    The organist was Jamie Lotz. Dennis Wollin served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Curtis Jenne and Ed Young.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Faith Can Move a Mountain
    And Kelly Devall can move a barn, which he and his helper, Dale, did last week.
    The story is, when we lived in the south woods, we bought a small, barn-type shed for storage. When we moved to the north end of the lane, we didn’t move it along with us. (It wouldn’t fit in the pickup truck))  
    We had tried to contact the man who had moved it initially, but learned he had quit the business.
    Therefore, we had to trek a quarter of a mile and back to look for something we   had stored.