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Today's News

  • Ramsey man dies in Wednesday accident

    A Ramsey man was killed in a two-vehicle accident south of Brownstown on Wednesday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Forest Stokes, 32, died after a 1997 Dodge Neon collided with a 1993 Ford pickup truck driven by Carl J. Sefton, 20, of Brownstown.

  • News about Motown coming

    A Leader-Union exclusive on the city of Vandalia's agreement with Motown Technology & Sports Facility is coming in this week's issue.

  • City sues Letters & Logos for loan defaults

    The city of Vandalia has filed suit asking that a local company that received city loans as part of an incentive package to repay those loans in full due to their failure to comply with the terms of the loan agreements.

    The city filed suit against Letters and Logos Inc. in Fayette County Circuit Court last Thursday, seeking a judgment of just under $90,000.

  • County will seek health insurance rate hikes

    As it continues discussions with the provider of health insurance for county employees, a Fayette County Board committee warns about a significant increase in premiums.

    Dean Bernhardt of the insurance and personnel committee told board members on Tuesday night that the committee has negotiated the upcoming increase down from 29.2 percent to 26.44.

  • Eagles celebrating 30th anniversary

    It is documented that on Feb. 6, 1898, six men sitting on a lumber pile in a shipyard in Seattle, Wash., decided to form an organization that, while providing activities and events for its members, would also focus on helping other individuals, communities and the nation.

    Starting out as a fledgling project, they called it the Order of Good Things. As it grew, and after its formal organization, the name was changed to Fraternal Order of Eagles.

  • Motown project raises red flags

    It’s time for the city of Vandalia to seriously look at discontinuing its relationship with the group that says it wants to build a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia.

    Why do we feel that way, in light of all of the jobs and money that the Motown project could bring into our community? The bad check the city received for the traffic study, of course, is one reason; but it is not the only reason.

  • 'Weary Willy' had Fayette connections

    Emmett Kelly, who became famous worldwide as "Weary Willie," the sad-faced clown, had his beginnings in a small Kansas town. But there is a local connection, too.

    Born in Sedan, Kan., on Dec. 9, 1898, Emmett was called “Tater” in his youth, alluding to his Irish heritage. His father, for whom he was named, was a section foreman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad, and owned the house in which Emmett Jr. saw the first light of day.

  • Motown's check returned

    When Kenneth Bardwell brought a large contingent to town on Dec. 7, he pointed out to a large audience at the Vandalia City Council meeting that he had brought with him a reimbursement check for a traffic study the city had performed. Four days later, city officials learned that the check was no good.

    And while the bank stamp indicated that the $17,500 check was returned for insufficient funds, Bardwell’s group and city officials say that it was rejected because it lacked proper authorization.

  • Vandals outlasted by Altamont again

    Playing on the road at Altamont on Tuesday, the Vandalia boys basketball team was trying to avenge a 66-61 overtime loss to the Indians in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament.

    And after playing a back-and-forth game for most of the contest, it came down to a last-second shot for the Vandals. Trailing by three with just seconds remaining in regulation, the Vandals were looking to get the ball to their leading scorer, Marty Johnson.

  • Wrestlers on a roll, taking down two conference foes

    It's been a busy week of highs and lows for the Vandalia wrestling squad. It looks as if the worst is over, as it picked up two big conference wins and had a great showing at the prestigious Princeton Invitational on Saturday.

    Vandalia was carried by the strength of its middle weights on Tuesday night against East Alton Wood River. Trevor Pyle, John Vosholler, Trevor Alstat and Zack Jackson all won their matches over the Oilers, solidifying the 48-27 victory.

    Jacob Whalen (215) and Marcus Mosley (285) also picked up hard-fought wins.