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Today's News

  • Pinning ceremony held on Dec. 7 for LPN graduates at KC Vandalia

    The pinning ceremony for the 2016 class of licensed practical nurses at Kaskaskia College Vandalia’s Campus was held on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  It was a very memorable moment in the lives in these students who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ebospmrl etrace ueotpirosntip.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Cy and Lorene Locke, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
    Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A murder that was never solved

    The case began with a telephone call to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in early December 1962.
    Lyle McDonald, the newly elected sheriff, took the call and was asked whether a loss claim for a wallet found in a schoolyard near Herrick had been made. The wallet contained $500 and belonged to a man named Tony O’Dell.
    The caller said he did not want to get involved, but the sheriff should check some schoolhouse wells in the Herrick area for a body.

  • Looking at budget solutions

    "We knew the answer about four years ago, and here we are again."
    That's Glen "Whitey" Daniels, a member of the Fayette County Board, talking as the board discussed a deficit budget last Thursday evening.
    Indeed, the county board has been fighting financial issues for a number of years, some of which have been created by the state's failure to provide its payments to the county on a timely basis.

  • Pana, St. Anthony in VHT title game; Vandals play for 5th

    The championship game of the 45th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament will feature a rematch between Pana and Effingham St. Anthony.

    The two teams met earlier in the tournament, with St. Anthony recording a 50-48 win.

    The Vandals will play Shelbyville in the third-place game, set for 5 p.m.

    Patoka faces Flora in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m., and Ramsey faces Father McGivney in the seventh-place game at 3:30.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    ‘As the Eagle Flies’

  • Frogtown News

    Hospitalized
    Helen Limes of St. Peter, mother of Belinda Harpster, was taken to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital by ambulance on Wednesday, Dec. 21, where she remains a patient. Upon her release, she will be going to Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Christmas Day Guests

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, December 31
    • Summer Breeze Winehouse Barn Venue Bash, 6-10 p.m.
    Sunday, January 1
    • Royal Neighbors of America #2764 is furnishing ham and beans for the 2 p.m. dinner in the Phillips Building. Everyone is invited to take a potluck dish to complete the meal.       
    Monday, January 2
    • MOPS – Mothers of Fayette County preschoolers, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Tuesday, January 3
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.