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Today's News

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.

  • St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration
  • Survey says: 162, corn; 50.74, beans

    If the group of about 30 people that canvassed Fayette County last Thursday are on target – and they usually are – county farmers can expect some good yields come harvest time.

  • Council given two options on water, sewerage rates

    The Vandalia City Council will have at least two options to consider on water and sewerage rates for the coming year.
    Those two options – increases of 15.18 or 3.11 percent for water and 6.05 or no increase for sewerage – were presented as Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. presented the annual city audit report on Tuesday.
    If the council takes no action at its Sept. 19 meeting, the water rate will increase by 15.18 percent and the sewerage rate by 6.05 percent.

  • Sid File shares her battle with ovarian cancer

    “Listen, It Whispers” are the words Sid File, an ovarian cancer survivor, opened her story with as she talked about the ovarian cancer awareness program being held this Saturday by Fayette County Home and Community Education.

  • Reward offered for VCHS audio system theft

    The Vandalia Police Department is asking for help in finding out who stole the audio equipment from Mark Greer Field at Vandalia Community High School.
    And it’s paying good money to the person who can give them that information.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray said that the police department is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone giving information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole the audio equipment.