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Today's News

  • Working for a Cure

    After her daughter was diagnosed with a rare condition that can cause serious health issue, Amanda Walk did more than concentrate on her daughter.

  • Bridge work

    In about a week and a half, one of Vandalia’s busier intersections will be closed to traffic for an extended period due to a long-awaited construction project.

  • New raffle, poker run law on the books

    Two months ago, Fayette County Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said he didn’t like that organizations and groups holding raffles and poker runs as benefits were required to turn over some the money raised to the county.
    On Tuesday, the board put in place a new ordinance governing those fundraisers that Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said is much less restrictive.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    Alexander Joseph Rose
    Vandalia
    Megan Jean Otto
    Vandalia
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    James Wayne Trivitt
    St. Elmo
    Brooke Elizabeth Koester
    St. Elmo
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    Jeremy Michael Witt
    Farina
    Thunderina Francis Marie Foreman
    Farina
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    Blaine Edward Loker
    Sandoval
    Michel Catherine Martens
    Sandoval
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    Lucas Matthew Reavis

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Erik M. Klein, 30, Sorento, was arrested on Sept. 12 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Mercedez D. Hull, 20, Economy Inn, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 12 for failure to appear in court and on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and possession of a hypodermic needle. She was being held pending the setting of bond.
    • Jeffrey S. Nash, 52, Herrick, was arrested on Sept. 12 on a charge of aggravated battery of a peace officer. Bond was $2,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, September 16

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding its monthly chicken and fish dinner, at a cost of $8. The meal is open to the public.

  • News Briefs

    Homeschool Group meeting again

  • Football game starts at 6 p.m.

    We just learned from Vandalia Community High School officials that the starting time for tonight's varsity football game in Staunton has been moved up an hour, to 6 p.m.

  • Electronic recycling could be lost

    In May, we published a story about how abuse could kill the electronic recycling program offered by the Fayette County Soil and Water District. Four months later, that's more of a possibility.
    While the program was initially offered free of charge, its operating costs have necessitated charging a $5 fee for each load of items turned in for recycling.
    Yet, there are many who try to use the service without paying that fee. The more who do that, the more likely that the service will no longer be offered.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Jamie and Justin Elmore, and Alisa and Lynsey Hourigan.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, and Raymond and Ljean Rush.
    This week’s Scrambler: sikr rsunsordu tegriyvneh tohrw ichogmalnipsc.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is curable; stupidity is not.