Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College

    Basic knitting class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer a basic knitting class at the Vandalia Campus on Wednesdays, Jan. 27-Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number for the class is LLI-7102-VA01E.
    Learn how to do long tail cast on and knit, purl and bind off, plus increases and decreases. The instructor will discuss yarn texture, dye lots, types of needles and basic knitting know-how.

  • Where Are They Now?

    City where you currently reside: St. Louis, Mo.

  • Alumni Foundation and Friends Lottery Winner
  • Gary Berg appointed to U.S. Soybean Board

    Gary Berg, a St. Elmo soybean farmer, was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to be a director on the United Soybean Board.
    Berg will serve as a volunteer farmer-leader for a two-year term and will represent his fellow soybean farmers.
    He will invest soy checkoff funds in marketing, promotion and research projects to increase the profit potential of all U.S. soybean farmers.

  • Volley for the Cure Checks
  • Masons honor past masters, install officers
  • Vandalia native Paul Stroble publishes two more books

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble recently published his 17th and 18th  books.
    “Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament” is published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, Ky.
    Drawing on the New Testament story of the Walk to Emmaus, where Jesus explains the scriptures to two travelers, Stroble selects scriptures that Jesus might have explained to his companions on the road.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo:
    Norm Koerner.
    No one identified him.
    This week’s Scrambler: upotnryipto si ryou sotm aihepbrels useorcre.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned Homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting preplanning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.

  • We have Jake to thank for turkeys

    My son called me to the window a couple of weeks ago when, not 20 feet away, walked a wild hen turkey. The bird paused as though to give us plenty of time to run for a camera. Not knowing much about turkey habit, I wondered if this bird was a lookout for a larger flock.
    Ethan and I waited for what seemed a long time before the hen continued her trek. As soon as she was out of site, first one baby and then two more hurriedly followed her.