Today's News

  • Vandals excel in all facets of game to win tourney

    The Vandalia Junior High seventh-grade boys basketball team won its own tournament on Saturday by beating St. Elmo and Greenville after it had been defeated by a combined 112-40 in the first three games of the season.

    “It’s amazing,” said coach Eric Sinclair. “They looked like a different team. They ran their offense and got points. We finally found a groove.”

  • Hollinshead tabbed for local Extension post

    As a result of the reorganization of University of Illinois Extension, the Fayette County office has a new director. But that new director is a familiar face in this county.
    Rachelle Hollinshead, who has served as the Extension community and economic development educator for the past two years for Fayette and Clay counties, is the director of the newly created unit that includes Fayette, Clay, Effingham and Jasper counties.

  • Family YMCA numbers up dramatically since June

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County has only been in its new facility for four months, but in that short period, it has seen memberships increase significantly.
    And it’s offering non-members two chances in the near future to experience those new facilities.
    The Family YMCA is offering a free workout day for all veterans this Thursday, and from 7-10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, the new YMCA facility will be open free of charge to the public.
    The Family YMCA began using its new 16,952-square-foot facility located off of Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia in July.

  • County's request for furlough days rejected

    As Fayette County struggles through trying financial times, it appears that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to make concessions.
    Last month, Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board was looking at furlough days for employees as it works through financial shortfalls.
    But Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting that at least one group representing county employees is not willing to take furlough days.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 11, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, pictured about 50 years ago, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left is now a doctor in Pennsylvania. The one on the right still lives in Vandalia and works at Graham Correctional Center.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Greg Stine.
    Identifying him was: No one.

  • Our nation's freedom is not free

    Ernest Thorp had two consuming passions when growing up on a farm outside Wapella – farming and flying. As a child of the Great Depression, he had plenty of opportunity to pursue both. Thorp was a college student at Illinois State University in 1941 when he earned his civilian pilot’s license. Two years later, he was training to fly B-17 Flying Fortresses.

  • Thanks, Veterans!

    It’s not likely that many of the students who last week donned yellow hard hats and stood in the shape of a ribbon really understood the mission of the men and women they were honoring.
    How could they comprehend international politics? What do they know of the horrors of war? How could they appreciate the sacrifices endured by our soldiers – both today and down through history?
    They can’t.

  • Plank road helped settlers cross bottoms

    History is ever unfolding.  
    Driving east on U.S. Route 140 toward Bluff City this past Wednesday, I was surprised and thrilled to see logs piled up near the bridge construction site along that road.
    The squared logs were reminiscent of the hewn logs that had formed the plank road across what was known as the Okaw Bottoms more than 150 years ago. The logs, harvested from the virgin forest and squared with a woodcutter’s ax, were laid crosswise over the road with planks over the top to fit the wagon wheels.

  • Marriage Licenses-Nov. 11, 2010

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Steven Charles Connor
    Betty Ruth Bradley

    Ryan Keith Henna
    Kirstie Lynn Beck

    Shawn David Givens
    Erika Lynn Howard

    Corey Brandon Tull
    Beecher City
    Lauren Elizabeth Bekis
    Bartlett, Tenn.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 11, 2010

    • Paul T. Stasiak, 53, 223 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 8 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,500.
    • Teresa M. Witt, 42, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 for failure to appear in court in a divorce case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Timothy A. Dunahee, 21, 517 N. Riverview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $75,000.