Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Gottfried, 51, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Nov. 27 for driving 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. Bond was $2,000.
    • Crystal L. Snider, 29, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Guadalupe Quintanilla, 35, Homestead, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 29

  • Sarver's book recalls rural life in 1914-15

    Recently I have been reading a book written by Jess Sarver, titled, “As It Comes To Mind.” Initially published in 1976 by The Pana News-Palladium of Pana, a second printing was done in 1980. My copy is from the second run.
    This little book centers on Jess’s home in Carson Township, and the family, neighbors and friends who were all a part of his life while growing up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

  • Shopping locally better than mall

    We've now survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we've even been subjected to a new phenomenon  – Black Thursday. That's the name given to sales that start on Thanksgiving Day.
    The national media has fanned the flames of these new examples of commercialism-gone-bad by highlighting the crazy antics of rude shoppers at the malls. We've seen fistfights, mad dashes for prized products and general displays of rudeness. It's all in the name of  getting a certain gift at any cost.

  • Santa to arrive this Saturday in Rotary parade

    Two weeks ago, Vandalia merchants officially kicked off the Christmas shopping season with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It was a rousing success, with crowds of shoppers meandering through festively decorated stores in the downtown business district.
    Since then, Vandalia merchants have been putting their best foot forward as they've welcomed holiday shoppers.
    This weekend brings another landmark in the Christmas tradition in downtown Vandalia.

  • Kaskaskia College sets Honors Program deadline for spring

    Kaskaskia College announces that Dec. 15 is the deadline for students to apply for the spring 2013 Honors Program.
    This program recognizes students who have demonstrated, or who evidence the potential for, consistent academic excellence.
    The mission of the program is to challenge students to think, to analyze, to investigate and to discover by stimulating them to achieve beyond the usual academic requirements. The program will develop exceptional talent and ability in highly motivated students.

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants for the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Beasley, Tharp score 1,000th point

    ST. ELMO – When it comes to playing basketball, there are a lot of similarities in the styles of Fischer Tharp and Connor Beasley.

    So it’s no wonder that the South Central and St. Elmo seniors each scored their 1,000th career point in the same game on Tuesday, a 45-31 Eagles victory.

    “It was good to get it out of the way early, and it was fun doing it with my friend, Connor,” Tharp said. “It’s really cool. I’m really happy for him.

    “I don’t know how many other friends get to do this.”