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Today's News

  • Vandals smack Litchfield

    The Vandals learned some things from their first loss of the season, and worked on those areas in getting ready for Litchfield last Friday. The preparation worked, with the jumping out to a big lead early on their way to a 58-30 home win.

  • Frogtown News

    Marriage
    Michael Wollin and Mandy Wendte were married on Saturday at Tuscan Hills Winery in Effingham. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. David Hoehler. The couple will reside in St. Peter.
    Death
    Donna Oertwig of St. Peter died on Saturday. The funeral was held on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Weekend with Grandparents

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    News from Pete, the Missouri Dog
    A telephone conversation from brother Joe Blackwell and Pete, the Missouri dog, revealed that Pete is doing well and is getting his master (?), aware of Joe’s “best friend’s” (namely Pete’s) needs and wants.
    Joe said that Pet now sits on the deck and stares Joe down until Joe gives him a treat. Pete is not sitting on the couch and watching TV anymore, but it is too nice around the pond and in the Missouri woods to stay indoors, anyway.

  • St. Elmo News

    Announcements
    Thursday, September 21
    • Threads of Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 23
    • Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 2 p.m., American Legion Home.
    Sunday, September 24
    • Junior and senior high youth, 6-7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
    Monday, September 25
    • Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    Tuesday, September 26

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Death now investigated as a homicide

    Several hours after press time on Wednesday, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced that the death of a rural Brownstown man is now being investigated by his office and the Illinois State Police as a homicide.

    James "Jim" Skinner, 56, of Brownstown, was found dead in his home on Sunday, and at that, Bowen said that the death was suspicious in nature.

  • Garden volunteers gearing up for festival

    You can almost feel it in the air, and the anticipation is exciting – autumn bringing its glorious display of colors in the trees, fall flowers, the mums dressed in bright and beautiful colors, apples, peaches, pumpkins … and  Vandalia’s Little Community Garden Fall Festival, their only fundraiser for gardening “needs & seeds.”

  • Treasurer Rose Hoover won't seek a sixth term

    A long-time fixture in Fayette County government has decided to end decades of service to the county next year.
    Rose Hoover, who is in her fifth term as the county treasurer, told The Leader-Union on Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of that term in November 2018.

  • Two youths arrested for cemetery damage

    Two juveniles have been taken into custody for allegedly damaging more than two dozen tombstones in Vandalia cemeteries late last week.

    An 11-year-old juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property within a day of the damage being discovered, and a 12-year-old juvenile was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the same charge.
    Vandalia cemetery employees notified police shortly before 9 a.m. last Thursday that 25 tombstones had been damaged overnight.
    The tombstones were knocked over or pushed from their base, and some of them were broken.

  • Local youth step up

    Sophie Bowers saw her younger sister looking through her bracelets and got the idea of making and selling bracelets. At the same time, she thought about those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.