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Today's News

  • ETSB discusses ambulance issue

    Rushed efforts to get a second ambulance service available for Fayette County early last week and a way to prevent that in the future were discussed at length last Thursday evening.
    That discussion came during a regular meeting of the county’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board, which is charged with seeing that ambulances are dispatched on 911 calls.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s 911 coordinator, said that he was notified early last Tuesday morning that Vandalia Area Ambulance and Altamont Ambulance shut down their business.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.
    Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.
    This week’s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.

  • Volunteers, support needed

    It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.
    For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Longhorn Cowgirls Enjoying Cooler Weather
    Longhorn cows are survivors. We have read that they can survive on the barest of necessities, such as poor food supply and eating briers and weeds, and have thrived on such poor nutrition.
    Our cowgirls’ survival skills have never been put to the test. Here on the Homestead, they have always had hay and grain supplied to supplement the pasture when the grass is brown and dry from lack of rain … and I have never seen them yet munching on weeds.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of  St. Peter.
    The boys enjoyed riding in the combine with their Grandpa Dane.
    Installation
    The Rev. Ryan Meyer will be installed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct. 22, in a 4 p.m. service.
    A potluck will be held immediately following in the school gym.
    Those who plan to attend the meal should contact Belinda Harpster by Oct. 16.
    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, October 12
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Friday, October 13
    • Men’s outdoor Bible study, 6:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
    Sunday, October 15
    • Wolf Creek Cluster Charge Conference, 2 p.m., St. Elmo First United Methodist Church, After the service, refreshments will be provided in the Fellowship Hall.
    Monday, October 16

  • KC Community Forum here Thursday

    Kaskaskia College is inviting resident of Vandalia and the surrounding areas to attend a Community Engagement Forum at the Vandalia Campus at 3:30 p.m. this Thursday at the KC Campus on West Fillmore Street.
    The meeting is provided to share information with the public, as well as seek public input.  
    Speaking on the current state of the college and new developments at the college will be: Mary Schulze, director of the Vandalia Campus; Dr. Penny Quinn, KC president; trustees of the board and other members of the college administrative team.

  • KC Theatre Scholarships