Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, September 11
    • The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. This is for St. Elmo High School graduates.
    • The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, September 13

  • Big Gain

    Sixth-grader Markus Isaiah rips off a sizeable gain during Saturday's contest against Staunton.

  • Area Prep Roundup

    Vandalia lost to Pana, 181-200, in a match on Monday at Oak Terrace in Pana.
    Zach Schaal led the Vandals with a 43, which tied him with Kody Bland of Pana for match medalist honors.
    Jake Bowen fired a 44, Alec Schroeder shot a 55 and Kain DuFaux rounded out the Vandals scoring with a 55.
    Others participating in the match were Alex Cocagne, 61; and Levi Cox, 63.
    The Vandals are now 5-6 on the year.
    The Vandalia JV squad edged Pana, 220-222.

  • Spencer Patton is now a major leaguer and a father

    It will take a lot for Spencer Patton to experience a better couple of days than he did last week.

  • Vandals fall to state-ranked Cavaliers

    Different polls have them ranked differently, but all pollsters agree – Carlinville is one of the better football teams in Class 3A.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Lucien Manion had a Red & White market on St. Louis Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets.

    This photo was provided to Vandalia Memories by Lucien's granddaughter, Liz Manion Rathburn.


    This and other photos from Vandalia's past can be seen on the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook

  • John Metzger an early member of St. Paul

    John Metzger, a 42-year-old brick manufacturer, landed in Vandalia on July 10, 1863, following a long voyage from his home in Canton Schofthausen, Switzerland, through the port of Havre, France, to New York aboard the “Goshen” and on to Chicago, arriving July 4, 1863.   
    With him on the perilous journey was his wife, Mary Magdalene (Stihl), and their seven children: John Ulrich, Jacob, Anna, Margarette, Mary Magdalene, John H. and Louise Metzger. One more son, Gottfried, would be born in Fayette County.

  • County website is a good project

    If you have visited the Fayette County website, you have noticed that it’s not really useful in your daily dealings with the county. And, some of the information there is even outdated.
    On Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved a proposal to have a company that specializes in the development and design of government websites.
    Hopefully, that partnership will create and maintain a website that is increasingly more valuable to county residents and others who have dealings with the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ted Miller
    Identifying him was: Todd Blackwell
    This week’s Scrambler: I oluwd herart ied fo sonpisa ntha fo romdboe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: You become what you believe.
    Oprah Winfrey

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Vandalia City Council hired Jeanne Gustafson as director of economic development. The Leader-Union unveiled its new farm page, to be a regular feature on the first and third Fridays of each month.
    Local farmers were experimenting with canola.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Area law enforcement agencies worked together to find and destroy at least 1,200 marijuana plants in Fayette County last week. The estimated street value of the marijuana was at least $25,000.