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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Erik M. Klein, 30, Sorento, was arrested on Sept. 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Mercedez D. Hull, 20, Economy Inn, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 12 for failure to appear in court and on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and possession of a hypodermic needle. She was being held pending the setting of bond.
    • Jeffrey S. Nash, 52, Herrick, was arrested on Sept. 12 on a charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. Bond was $2,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, September 16

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding its monthly chicken and fish dinner, at a cost of $8. The meal is open to the public.

  • News Briefs

    Homeschool Group meeting again

  • Football game starts at 6 p.m.

    We just learned from Vandalia Community High School officials that the starting time for tonight's varsity football game in Staunton has been moved up an hour, to 6 p.m.

  • Electronic recycling could be lost

    In May, we published a story about how abuse could kill the electronic recycling program offered by the Fayette County Soil and Water District. Four months later, that's more of a possibility.
    While the program was initially offered free of charge, its operating costs have necessitated charging a $5 fee for each load of items turned in for recycling.
    Yet, there are many who try to use the service without paying that fee. The more who do that, the more likely that the service will no longer be offered.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Jamie and Justin Elmore, and Alisa and Lynsey Hourigan.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, and Raymond and Ljean Rush.
    This week’s Scrambler: sikr rsunsordu tegriyvneh tohrw ichogmalnipsc.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is curable; stupidity is not.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.

  • St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration
  • Survey says: 162, corn; 50.74, beans

    If the group of about 30 people that canvassed Fayette County last Thursday are on target – and they usually are – county farmers can expect some good yields come harvest time.