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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: There was no photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: tfiesnidense fo srpeoup si eth gtasrtni tipno fo lal mecanetvehi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Vote Tuesday

    Our opportunity to have a voice in our government – at all levels – comes on Tuesday.
    Tuesday is Election Day, a day when we give our input in county, state and federal government.
    At the county level, there are only two races, and only one of them is a countywide post – county clerk and recorder. The second race is for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board.
    Both of those are important offices. The county clerk and recorder handles elections, birth and death records, and property records as part of that person’s duties.

  • A look at some of our earlier settlers

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Leo A. Penn, 30, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Oct. 28 for failure to appear in court on an alleged violation of an order of protection. Bond was $5,000.
    • Jeffrey A. Beck, 41, Ramsey, turned himself in on a Vermillion County warrant for failure to appear in court in a traffic case. Bond was $3,000.
    • Jacob C. Witherall, 21, Mason City, was arrested on Oct. 27 for failure to appear in court in Williamson County. Bond was $6,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 30

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Halloween is Diveley's favorite time of year

    DeeDee Diveley’s Favorite
    Time of the Year …
    … is now! She has always loved dressing up for Halloween, and recalls that some of her favorite memories of nursing at Fayette County Long Term Care occurred at this time of the year.

  • Lions' parade kicks off Halloween week

    Halloween kicks off in grand style this Thursday night when the Vandalia Lions Club holds its 71st annual Halloween parade.
    The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Gallatin streets, and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.
    Participant lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. in the area of the former Washington School on Eighth Street.
    Local businesses are again joining with the Lions in sponsoring the parade, offering eight prizes in the float competition and four prizes in the walking group competition.

  • School audit: 'Much improvement'

    The presentation on the Vandalia School District’s audit from the past fiscal year was not what Superintendent Rich Well expected.
    Robin Yockey of the Shelbyville firm that performed that district audit told Well and members of the school board last week that the audit shows “much improvement” over the previous year.
    “The biggest thing is that expenditures were down by $793,000, and the fund balances increased as a result of that,” said Yockey, of the Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull firm.

  • Downtown Trick or Treat is Saturday
  • Vandalia Lions host Harlem Ambassadors