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Today's News

  • MGJHS softball headed to state

    The Mulberry Grove Junior High School softball team enters its second IESA Class A state tournament in six years with what coach John Barnes believes is a healthy mix of confidence and humility.

    The Lady Eagles have plenty of reasons to believe they can bring home some hardware as they enter Friday's 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal against Springfield Christ the King at Champions Field in Normal with a perfect 16-0 record, a lights-out pitcher in Becca Oldham and a potent offensive attack.

  • Restore the funds

    The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a resolution that could restore funds to keep the doors open at 14 historic sites – including the Vandalia Statehouse – and 11 state parks in the state.

    The 40-15 Senate vote means that body joins the Illinois House in supporting restored funding for those sites. Tuesday's Senate bill would funnel more than $220 million toward parks, historic sites and social service programs.

    Now, it's Gov. Rod Blagojevich who stands in the way of keeping the sites open to the public.

  • Crop survey projects high yields in Fayette County

    Some rain in the early spring delayed the planting of corn and soybeans in Fayette County. More rain delayed the planting even more. And yet more rain delayed the planting even more.

    And there were some crops that had to be replanted because of later rains.

    Yet, Fayette County looks to finish this growing season with some strong corn and soybean yield totals.

    In fact, the 2008 yield totals could be even higher than last year, which was deemed by farm officials to be one of Fayette County’s better years.

  • Memorial exhibit displayed at KC Vandalia Campus

    The words “hero” and “role models” are “bandied about kind of carelessly,” Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said in Vandalia last Wednesday.

    Many times, a hero is described as a professional baseball player who hits a home run in the ninth inning, Quinn said while speaking at the unveiling of the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

  • Senate OKs historic sites funding, BUT...

    Meeting in special session on Tuesday, the Illinois Senate approved legislation designed to reverse the proposed closure of state historic sites, including the Vandalia Statehouse, and state parks.

    But whether that action, OK'd on a 55-40 vote, will actually do that remains to be seen.

  • Corn Day offers many activities

    As area farmers prepare for harvest, our community is preparing for this Saturday’s annual Corn Day celebration.

    Sponsored by Vandalia Main Street, the event features a variety of activities – some to celebrate the prominent role that corn plays in our area’s economy and some just for fun.

    The activities get under way at 7 a.m. with a community-wide yard sale promotion. (See the ad elsewhere in this issue of The Leader-Union for the addresses of more than 50 yard sales included in the event. Many also have ads in the classified section of today's paper.)

  • Main Street looking for hay bales, corn stalks

    The Vandalia Main Street is looking for hay bales and corn stalks for next week's Corn Day celebration.

    Anyone who is willing to donate or sell hay bales and corn stalks at a reasonable price should contact the Main Street office, 283-8751. Main Street needs about 90 hay bales.

  • Kids' Safe-T Expo is Saturday

    The seventh annual Kids' Safe-T Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    The event will include children's car safety seat checks from 10 a.m.-noon, jumping houses, food, a children's photo ID stand, a duck pond and displays featuring an ambulance, helicopter and fire truck (with Pluggie).

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The event is sponsored by the Fayette County Interagency Council and Safe Kids Coalition.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 18

    eoe" The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Farm Bureau office on Sunset Drive, with local farmers, bank personnel and representatives of local agri-businesses canvassing the county. The results of the survey will be presented at the Farm Bureau's Market Outlook, a steak cookout at 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building. Tickets for the meal are $5 each and available at the Farm Bureau office. The guest speaker will be Adam Nielson, the Illinois Farm Bureau's director of issue management.

  • Warriors get key EIC win

    It is generally believed that the Brownstown baseball team is capable of beating anybody when ace Jared Winters is on the mound.

    That said, Patoka has to believe the Egyptian-Illini Conference title is their's for the taking following Monday's big 4-2 conference win over Winters and the Bombers at home.