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Today's News

  • FNB has scholarships, loan available

    First National Bank Trust Department is now accepting applications for scholarships.
    Numerous scholarships are available, and all applications must be postmarked no later than April 1.
    Also available to Fayette County students through the First National Bank is an interest-free loan funded by the Ella McKee Foundation.
    Those interested in applying for scholarships or a loan should contact the First National Bank Trust Department or call 283-5224.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Steve Jerden uploaded this photo of the ceremony for the unveiling of the Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia Statehouse in 1928.

  • Gas contract good for city

    As gas prices continue to drop to levels not seen in a number of years, you think about all the extra pennies that you're keeping in your pockets. Just think how excited those who purchase thousands and thousands of gallons of fuel must feel.
    Add the city of Vandalia to that list, after the city council voted on Monday to ink a contract with South Central FS for its gas and diesel purchases.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Washburns purchase Schaal & Associates

    Jared and Kelly Washburn have purchased the realty business owned by Keith and Kathy Schaal, and have combined Schaal and Associates with their business, Fayette County Real Estate.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    John David McGinness II
    Vandalia
    Salina Mae Sandt
    Vandalia
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    Justin Louis Lee
    Altamont
    Kristy Lauren Lee
    Altamont

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Derek W. Rogers, 32, RR 2, St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • James G. Rogers, 48, 1008 N. Maple St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of aggravated domestic battery. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.
    • Burr M. Waltz, 49, South Fifth Street, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 19 on a charge of methamphetamine, meth precursor or anhydrous ammonia trafficking. He was being held awaiting the setting of bond.

  • For Vandals, a tough loss to take

    OKAWVILLE — Vandalia's 76-54 loss to Madison left a bad taste in Brian Buscher's mouth.
    Simply put, Buscher wasn't very pleased with his team's performance on Tuesday during  the opening night of the 2015 Okawville Invitational.

  • Lady Vandals winning streak reaches five

    EFFINGHAM — An  11-0  spurt in the fourth quarter propelled the Vandalia Lady Vandals to a 49-42 win over Greenville on Monday night in the first game of the  Effingham Round Robin Girls Basketball Tournament.
    The Lady Vandals trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before they got going in a big way. Vandalia's girls scored 11 unanswered points to take control of the game.