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Today's News

  • Reunions

    Libell
    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton, met on June 5 at Vandalia City Park.
    Thirty-four people attended, enjoying food, family and visiting.

  • Hunt – 50 years

    Ben and Peggy Hunt of Ramsey celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 5, at a private family celebration at Ramsey Christian Church.

  • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club was invited to Mike and Laura Mulhern’s home on Lake Yaeger in Litchfield for a picnic lunch and a tour of Lake Yaeger on pontoon boats on Thursday, May 26, with 20 members and three guests attending.
    After everyone arrived and the food was ready, Dean Black asked for a moment of silence for Marty Gorman, a member who died recently. He always enjoyed coming to the meetings when he was able.
    Black then gave the meal prayer. Club members enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, and all of the trimmings.

  • Frogtown News

    Farewell to Little Josie
    As we have shared with our readers, the health of our little dog, Josie, has been deteriorating for some time. She was 16years old on Mother’s Day.
    Josie was special in that she was so tiny when she was born. She was half the size of her three siblings and she was not breathing, nor was her heart beating when she was born.   
    Bill gently thumped her heart, then massaged it with one finger until she started breathing.
    She had been healthy, affectionate, happy and playful until the signs of age began showing.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Farewell to Little Josie
    As we have shared with our readers, the health of our little dog, Josie, has been deteriorating for some time. She was 16years old on Mother’s Day.
    Josie was special in that she was so tiny when she was born. She was half the size of her three siblings and she was not breathing, nor was her heart beating when she was born.   
    Bill gently thumped her heart, then massaged it with one finger until she started breathing.
    She had been healthy, affectionate, happy and playful until the signs of age began showing.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, June 18
    • Fayette County Amateur Town & Country Art Show and Professional Art Show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., upstairs in Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. It will continue through June 26. No admission charge.
    • Le Mar Marchman’s 90th birthday open house, 1-3 p.m., St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The family requests no gifts.

  • State asks judge to reconsider case dismissal

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed its arguments for having a judge reconsider his decision to dismiss a case before a jury had an opportunity to reach a verdict.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Duke filed at the end of last month a motion in which she asked Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to reconsider his ruling in the Benyamin Israel.
    In 2014, Israel was charged with robbery, aggravated battery/strangling, aggravated battery in a public case and obstructing justice.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ioiplsyniesrbt cetuasde.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Juanita Workman, Judy Elder and Andrew Crosswait.
     

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    25 Years Ago

  • Some early history of our schools

    The report of County School Superintendent C.F. Easterday published in the Nov. 16, 1905, issue of The Vandalia Union was especially enlightening because he went into some detail in his description of the interior of the school.