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  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 16

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 17

  • The Way We Were-SEpt. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – At the request of Mayor Rich Walker, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hire a Missouri firm to update the city’s zoning, subdivision, lake and interchange regulations.
    The city’s consulting engineering firm, HMG of Carlyle, recommended that the city increase its water and sewer rates. The proposed rate increase would be 35 percent. It would be the first rate hike since 1986.
    Site work began on the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman grew up in Lone Grove Township. She is married, and has a son, two grandsons, a stepdaughter, two stepgrandchildren and a grand- dog! She lives in Vandalia and works in a local factory.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Camille Ann (Hathaway) Brown.
    Identifying her were: Linda Townsend and Lily Reed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  dohbel eht luertt: eh lyno kemas srepgors nehw eh kitscs shi kenc uto.

  • McDowell competes in world auctioneer contest

    Among the 33 best auctioneers in the world gathered in Oklahoma City, Okla., this past June for the World Livestock Championship was Andrew McDowell, son of Mulberry Grove auctioneer, Alva R. McDowell, and his wife, Linda.
    Described as “the toughest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the world,” this was not Andrew’s first world championship.

  • Vandalia falls to Roxana 32-14

    Despite an early 14-0 lead, the Vandalia High School football team lost to Roxana on Friday, 32-14.

    Bryan Hosick returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Marty Johnson also rushed for a score.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

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    By Belinda Harpster

  • St. Elmo News

     

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Chappel quoted in Post-Dispatch story

    Ernie Chappel, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch column on Aug. 31.
    Business columnist David Nicklaus, writing about the impact of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, quoted Chappel's reaction to the legislation.
    Chappel likened the act to "Aunt Betty's sweater, the ugly and uncomfortable one you were forced to wear at Christmas.

  • Konrad returns home, joins Lawinger law firm

    Vandalia native Will Konrad has returned home to accept a position as an associate attorney with the Lawinger Law Office in Vandalia.
    In that position, he will be focusing on family law, worker's compensation law and estate planning.
    After graduating from Vandalia Community High School, Konrad graduated from Blackburn College and Marquette University Law School.
    Between college and law school, he worked as a substitute teacher and freshman/sophomore basketball coach at VCHS.