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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Brant Wright was the winner of The Leader-Union’s “First Baby of the Year” contest. He was born at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham to Darin and Cheryl Wright of St. Elmo.
    New anti-drug laws affecting bus driver went into effect, meaning all school bus drivers had to pass drug and alcohol tests prior to getting their permit.
    The Pit Stop Restaurant opened in Vandalia. Owners included Judy, Vicky and Joyce Miller.

  • Past Masters Honored

    Past Masters of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. were honored recently.

    In front, from left, are Gerald Libsack, Cecil Richey, Jimmy McNutt and Harold Baumann. In back are Mark Miller, Winfred Morrison, John Crotser, Tim McMillan, Mike Gidcumb, Mark Augenstein and Leon Bowen.

  • Masonic Lodge Officers

    Officers for Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. for the coming year are pictured at left.

    In front, from left, are Mark Miller, David Meisinger, Mark Augenstein, Mark Miles and Jimmy McNutt. In the second row are Gerald Libsack, Jamie McNutt, Joe Moulton, Harold Baumann and David Carlisle. In back are Winfred "Bud" Morrison and Tim McMillan.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, January 1, 2015
    • Happy New Year!
    Sunday, January 4
    • The  Central Illinois Wedding Show will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Summer Breeze Wine House & Barn Venue at St. James and Carriage House Event Center at Altamont. More than 30 vendors will have booths. There is no admission charge. Those attending are asked to visit both locations for a chance to win a grand prize.
    Monday, January 5
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, January 6

  • Frogtown News

    Christmas Guests
    Weekend guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller, and Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster all of Jackson, Mo.; and Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    First of All
    Jimmy Feezel celebrated his birthday on Sunday.
    Dawson Taylor Wise
    A second son was born to Taylor and Mallory (Smith) Wise on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and has been named Dawson Taylor Wise. He weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He has a 2-year-old brother, Landon.
    Grandparents are Bill and Cathy Smith of Brownstown and Tom and Janet Wise of Rochester. Great-grandmothers are Joann Strobel and the late Lenore Parkison, both of Brownstown.
    Our Heartfelt Sympathies …

  • Cripe wins Big Buck contest

    Ben Cripe is the winner of an inaugural deer hunting contest held by the Fayette County Young Leaders of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
    Cripe took first place in the Young Leaders’ Big Buck contest, held during the first deer shotgun season.
    Twenty-three members participated in the contest, which the Young Leaders hope to establish as a tradition during the firearm deer season.
    Tyler Westendorf placed second in the contest and Kyle Reiss took third place.

  • Calendar

    Monday, Jan. 5

    ✔ The Women of the Moose will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    ✔ The Vandalia City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Tuesday, Jan. 6

    ✔ The Vandalia Rotary Club meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Lucas K. Ephron, 20, 928 W. Johnson St., Apt. C, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a warrant for aggravated battery. Bond was $25,000.
    • Kenneth R. Turner, 21, 527 W. Gallatin St., Apt. 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Dec. 29 on a charge of unlawful restraint. Bond was $25,000.
    • Spencer M. McCulley, 25, Overland Park, Kan., was arrested on Dec. 28 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.

  • Smith is youth minister at Northside Christian

    Tracy Smith came to Vandalia on Dec. 1 as the new youth minister at Northside Christian Church, with 15 years of experience in his chosen occupation, for which he felt a strong calling.