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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Critters Keeping Cool
    Well, maybe not as cool as the proverbial cucumbers, but as they have plenty of water, shady areas to rest in and regular meals, they don’t seem to be feeling any stress weather-wise.
    Lady, the mini-horse, has a nice canopy (which was originally meant for the picnic table). It has a high center roof, so she gets the breeze flowing through it. We plan to build her a winter quarters before the snow flies, but the temporary shelter seems to be satisfying her.

  • Frogtown News

    Installation
    Associate Pastor Bernard Ross was installed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altamont on Sunday.
    Ross and his wife, Katie, have a 2-year-old son, Daniel. He is a 2014 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. A reception was held at the parish hall following the installation. The Rev. Bill Emrick was the preacher for the installation.
    Death
    Word was received that Sharon Mosley died last Thursday.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, July 10
    • For the June special activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go to the cheese factory south of Greenville.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District 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, July 12
    • St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.
    The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.
    Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
    Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These six young women are shown in a presentation in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse several years ago. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • A look at Vandalia businesses in 1924

    In 1989, I fell into the position as editor of the quarterly publication of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society.

  • Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair

    If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do, there's there's no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.
    The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events – including Civil War camps and skirmishes,  period arts and crafts, children's games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John A. Fairbanks, 33, 3146 N. 1450, Herrick, was arrested on July 8 on a charge of failure of a sex offender to register a new address. No bond information was listed.
    • Patrick M. Lawson, 19, Fairview Heights, was arrested on July 7 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on July 7 on a charge of battery. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Leidner heads up Lincoln Heritage Fest

    Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.

  • Miller hopes eye test will earn him a chance to play college baseball

    ROBINSON – In a baseball era driven by statistical analysis, it’s easy to categorize a player’s hitting ability.

    Punch a few numbers into a spreadsheet after each game, and it will generate his .329 batting average or his .381 on-base percentage or countless other figures developed to help tell how much value a player brings to his team.