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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: sroyuicuti liwl qenocru reaf nvee rmeo naht rvayber.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Graumenz creates variety of wood items

    Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Seeking a city administrator

    The city of Vandalia has begun its search for a city administrator, and three individuals have already expressed an interest in the job.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the job has been posted statewide through the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Department of Councils and the Illinois City and County Managers.
    Gottman said that he had begun posting the job more than two weeks ago, and that he has already received three resumés. The city will receive resumés through March 28, he said.

  • Changes in Extension

    A new person in the director’s chair is not the only change at the University of Illinois Extension office in Fayette County.

  • JPS students moving to VES, VJHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday a plan to move most students from Jefferson Primary School to two other buildings in the district.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Washburns purchase Schaal & Associates

    Jared and Kelly Washburn have purchased the realty business owned by Keith and Kathy Schaal, and have combined Schaal and Associates with their business, Fayette County Real Estate.

  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:

    John David McGinness II
    Vandalia
    Salina Mae Sandt
    Vandalia
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    Justin Louis Lee
    Altamont
    Kristy Lauren Lee
    Altamont