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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    What a present we had today from Evergreen Outreach, a huge blessing named Harold Swofford. As our main entertainer, well more about him later!

  • OASIS from Unity Bapist goes to Branson

     The excitement was growing as 42 seniors boarded the Cavilla big green bus to head to Branson on Tuesday, June 22.
    The group enjoyed seeing old friends and making new as they played “all about me” games, singing and playing bingo on the bus. By the time they reached the Six Flags area, they decided to have breakfast.
    After another stop for lunch in Springfield, Mo., for lunch, they arrived at Grand Oakes Hotel, their home away from home for the next four days.

  • Food Pantry
  • HCE holds annual meeting at Northside

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Fayette County Home and Community Education held its 67th annual meeting and dinner in the Northside Christian Church fellowship room in Vandalia on June 16, with 27 members and two guests of honor present.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 9
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • Officers of the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, July 11

  • Fayette County Speedway

    SUMMER NATIONALS-JULY 5

    SUPER LATE MODELS
    FEATURE
    21 BILLY MOYER
    21JR BILLY MOYER JR
    32 BOBBY PIERCE
    3S BRIAN SHIRLEY
    54 MATT WESTFALL
    25 JASON FEGER
    27M RODNEY MELVIN
    6K MICHAEL KLOOS
    R5 HUNTER RASDON
    24 RYAN UNZICKER
    18 SHANNON BABB
    81JR JASON RIGGS
    33X TIM MANVILLE
    15 KOLBY VANDERBERGH
    1M JIM MOON
    8 DN SCHLIEPER
    11D BRIAN DIVELEY
    C8 TIMOTHY CULP
    124 JOHN HAHLER
    96 TANNER ENGLISH

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Megan Steele, Danielle Steele and Blake Meseke.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ramyotrdm si eht lony ywa ni cwihh a nma nca cmeoeb mofuas uhtoitw iyblita.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Admit your errors before someone exaggerates them.

  • A look at our post-capital days

    I am involved in various historical pursuits during any given week, and one that I completed some time back was a transcription of the old Vandalia Minute Book for the years 1839-47.
    This was a very interesting time in Vandalia’s history, because the capital of the state had been moved to Springfield and the building that housed the state offices was given to Fayette County for use as a county courthouse. Provision was made in the gift that room be provided for the Vandalia Trustees and also that space be set aside for a school.

  • Our fair offers a wide variety

    For some, it's the pageants. For others, it's the 4-H shows. And yet others enjoy the stock car races, tractor and truck pulls, and other grandstand attraction. And, of course, there are the rides and the food.
    The Fayette County Fair offers all of that, and more.
    The fair gets under way on Sunday, as the county's 4-H members prepare for the shows that run through much of the week and the fair association presents a new grandstand attraction, an a capella quartet, that evening.