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Today's News

  • Church Briefs

    'Weird Animals' VBS at First Methodist

    First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will hold a "Weird Animals" VBS this Sunday through Thursday, with the program running from 5-8 p.m. each day. A light dinner will be served from 5-5:30 p.m.
    During the event, participants will take part in Bible-learning activities, sing songs, play teamwork-building games, experience Bible adventures and test "sciency-fun gizmos" that they will be able to take home.
    The VBS program is open to kids from preschool to fifth grade.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Keeping Cool
    Well, maybe not as cool as the proverbial cucumbers, but as they have plenty of water, shady areas to rest in and regular meals, they don’t seem to be feeling any stress weather-wise.
    Lady, the mini-horse, has a nice canopy (which was originally meant for the picnic table). It has a high center roof, so she gets the breeze flowing through it. We plan to build her a winter quarters before the snow flies, but the temporary shelter seems to be satisfying her.

  • Frogtown News

    Installation
    Associate Pastor Bernard Ross was installed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont on Sunday.
    Ross and his wife, Katie, have a 2-year-old son, Daniel. He is a 2014 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. A reception was held at the parish hall following the installation. The Rev. Bill Emrick was the preacher for the installation.
    Death
    Word was received that Sharon Mosley died last Thursday.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 10
    • For the June special activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to the cheese factory south of Greenville.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, July 12
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.
    The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.
    Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
    Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These six young women are shown in a presentation in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse several years ago. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • A look at Vandalia businesses in 1924

    In 1989, I fell into the position as editor of the quarterly publication of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society.

  • Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair

    If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do, there's there's no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.
    The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events – including Civil War camps and skirmishes,  period arts and crafts, children's games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.

  • Lincoln Heritage Festival Schedule

    SATURDAY
    • 6-9 a.m. – Registration for festival participants and vendors.
    • 10 a.m. – Festival opens to the public.
    • 10 a.m. – Civil War camps open for public walk-throughs.
    • 10 a.m.-noon – Children’s activities in Locust Street pavilion, including learning to shoot marbles, horseshoes, three-legged races, sack races, balls and jacks, and watermelon-eating contest.
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Horse-drawn carriage rides and pony rides, in circle drive in Rogier Park.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 10

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the baseball and softball fields.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.