Today's News

  • 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.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Michael Darreal Kimbro
    Jane May Ponder
    Mulberry Grove

    Cynthia Jean Hamilton
    Leslie Sue Seelye

    Elijah Thomas Keppler
    Sydney Maxine Hilpert

    Harry Ernest Hodson II
    Deanna Lee Traylor Pruitt

    Ryan Jonathan Winn
    Valparaiso, Ind.
    Samantha Renne Hall
    Valparaiso, Ind.

    John Earl Bauer
    Diane Rebbe

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brittany K. Yokley, 24, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on July 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of distribution of a misbranded drug. Bond was $5,000.
    • Joshua D. Crawford, 36, Pocahontas, was arrested on July 28 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $5,000.

  • Hood stays positive even when he's not in the game plan

    ROBINSON – Clinton Hood didn’t fit into the offensive game plan for Post 95 during the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    So, he trotted out to the first-base coaching box most innings to help guide his teammates once they reached base.

    He didn’t fit into the starting pitching plans, either.

    So, he waited patiently until called upon as a reliever in the championship game, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball.

  • Controversial ejection mars Sr. Legion finale

    A controversial decision by the director of the Fifth Division Sr. Legion Tournament marred what became the final game of the finest Legion season ever played in Vandalia.

    Pitcher Jacob Behrends was ejected from last Wednesday’s game by tournament director Bob Oster, and Post 95 was unable to recover in a 6-2 loss to Herrin that ended its season.

    Herrin’s Nathaneal Higgins got caught in a rundown between third and home, and collided with Behrends as he approached the plate in the fifth inning.

  • HARNER: First year as a parent goes by too fast

    It’ll go fast, they said.

    Enjoy her while she’s young, they said.

    They’re only little once, they said.

    Turns out, they were right.

    Every last one of them.

    Last Friday, my daughter, Miranda, celebrated her first birthday by pulverizing a delicious cake, and while it seems like just weeks ago that she was a fragile 5-pounder, the truth is, she is now a jabbering 1-year-old, who

    I’m sure will start running around the house any day now.

  • Grobie Flooring takes 2nd at ASA state tournament

    A fast-pitch softball team from Altamont which features several players from Fayette County placed second last weekend at the Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state tournament in Casey.

    Grobie Flooring lost its first two games last Saturday, but reeled off four straight wins on Sunday in the consolation bracket to reach the championship game.

    There, Grobie lost to the Belleville Stallions, 4-0. Belleville was undefeated in the event.

  • One deer hunting season eliminated in Fayette County

    Deer hunting in Fayette County has been affected by recent changes approved by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    Fayette County was one of 20 counties removed from the late-winter antlerless hunting season in changes to the 2014-15 deer hunting season announced last Tuesday by IDNR Director Marc Miller. Bond and Clinton counties were also removed from the list.

    Additional changes also came in the number of firearm permits available in some counties. Fayette County’s permit numbers were not affected.