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Today's News

  • Tools for School is Aug. 13-16

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for in-need students from Fayette County (including Brownstown, Farina, Ramsey, St. Elmo, St. Peter and Vandalia), kindergarten-junior college, will be in operation on the following dates, at the following times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 14  – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 15 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 16 – 9 a.m.-noon.

  • School Registration Information

    BROWNSTOWN
    The Brownstown School District will hold registration from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday in the elementary school cafeteria.
    Registration Fees
    • Grades K-6: $95.
    • Grades 7-12: $120; Okaw Vocational fee, $7; driver education, $50; P.E. uniform, $17; biology II, $111.60; and Strategies for Success, $41.85.

    VANDALIA
    Vandalia Community Unit School District #203 will hold district registration at the Vandalia Junior High School on Tuesday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Wednesday, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Daughter
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday and Saturday with her daughter, Mahala Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. They enjoyed shopping in Chesterfield on Saturday.
    Return Home
    Elijah and Emma Latin, returned home to Chase, Mich., on Sunday after spending the week with their grandparents, Larry and Sue Urban of St. Peter.
    Death
    Mildred Miessner, mother of Karen Benning of Shobonier, died on Friday morning. Services were held on Monday morning.
    Recovering from Surgery

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Lady, the Mini-Mare, gets new ‘Do’
    Sometimes when we are very busy, we kind of let our personal appearance slide, such as our hairdo. Such was the case with Lady, who, through no fault of her own, but due to the busy schedules we have had lately, her grooming and mane were in need of a shampoo, detangler comb, brush, and curry comb.
    She has such a heavy coat in the winter time that, although the wooly hair has detached from her skin, it tends to linger amid her smoother coat.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 31
    • Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinatown Restaurant.
    Saturday, August 2
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 North Walnut.
    • Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to do so can eat lunch together at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
    Monday, August 4
    • The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
    Tuesday, August 5

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born about 65 years ago in the Bluff City area, where they attended school. They both now live in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and a biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    30 Years Ago

  • Old Hurricane Church among area's oldest

    A few months ago, Brent Hunter shared with me papers that his mother had copied from the original church records of the Hurricane Baptist Church, organized near VanBurensburg before Illinois' statehood.

  • Tourism impact 'huge' in county

    Tourism is a big deal in Vandalia and Fayette County. We've known that for some time, but state tourism officials this week made it official.
    As a part of a five-day statewide barnstorming tour, Illinois Office of Tourism Director Jen Hoelzle and other tourism officials stopped in Vandalia on Tuesday. During a program at the Vandalia Statehouse, Hoelzle praised the local tourism effort and underscored the economic impact of tourism on the state and local economies.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 31

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. in the gym at First Baptist Church in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.