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Today's News

  • New spending review good for the county

    Fayette County officials will continue to struggle with its finances as they try to discontinue the trend of spending capital improvement funds for salaries. One policy change introduced on Tuesday appears to be a good step toward watching the county's spending.
    Forever, county board committees, during a break in the regularly monthly meeting, would go through their respective bills for that month, then recommend payment of those bills to the full board.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  Cowden-Herrick won the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    Wind chill factors of -30 to -40 degrees caused schools to be canceled in Fayette County.
    Forrest Meseke resigned after eight years as Fayette County Farm Bureau president.
    More than 400 Caring and Sharing baskets were distributed.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    There was no Banks photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: A shiw si a srdeie htiutwo na tpmetat.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Every crowd has a silver lining.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Briefs

    FCH Board meeting is on Dec. 16

    Due to the Christmas holiday observance, the regular monthly meeting of the Fayette County Hospital District Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the FCH conference room.

    Monday is final day to give veterans gifts

    Next Monday is the final day to donate gifts for veterans through Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary.
    Gifts may be dropped off at Wehrle Brothers on Ill. Route 185 or Mid-State Camper Sales in Bluff City.

  • Election filing begins Monday

    The filing period for candidates who wish to take part in the April 7, 2015, Consolidated Election is Dec. 15-22.
    This election includes all municipalities, school boards, park districts, library districts and fire districts that elect representatives.
    All candidates with the exception of school board candidates are required to file petitions with their respective units of government.
    School board candidates are required to file petitions in the office of the county clerk.

  • Marriage Licenses

    Jason Eugene Arnold
    Iuka
    Lori Ann McNary
    Vandalia

    Wesley Dale Rhodes
    Beecher City
    Jennifer Gale Koehler
    Brownstown

    Johnny Ray Burgess
    Effingham
    Sheralyn Marie Evans
    Effingham

    Nathan Lee Lindsey
    Effingham
    Amanda Kristine Pontious
    Effingham

    Rollin Ryan Martin
    St. Peter
    Victoria Leann Horst
    Brownstown

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Bobby L. Matheny, 59, Baytown, Texas, turned himself in on a warrant for failure to appear in court in a felony case. Bond was $3,000.
    • Michael L. Reynolds, 47, Centralia, was arrested on Dec. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of less than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Bond was $25,000.
    • James W. Atwood, 21, 413 E. Ash St., Brownstown, was arrested on Dec. 8 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 11

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Fayette County Courthouse will be closed from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for the annual employees' Christmas party.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.

  • FCH Auxiliary gift shop serves more than the hospital

    Kay Johnson has been a volunteer at Fayette County Hospital for many years, but was named the gift shop manager in the fall of this year.

  • Knebel, Beckman retained as county leaders

    With the Republicans maintaining majority control of the Fayette County Board, the board’s leadership remains unchanged for the next two years.