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Today's News

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 6

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining may contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

  • County committee voting deadline is Dec. 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency County Committee elections.
    FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that the USDA began last Monday mailing ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country.
    Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 1 to ensure that their votes are counted.
    “The role and input of our county committee members is vital as we implement the 2014 Farm Bill,” Dolcini said.

  • Grants for Guns

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, center, presented to the Ramsey and Brownstown police departments AR-15 rifles that were purchased through a grant program he operates to provide equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

    Accepting the guns were Steve Flood of the Ramsey department, left, and Caleb Walton of the Brownstown department. The purchases used $3,300 in grant monies; Morrison funds the grants through drug forfeitures and seizures in the county. Grant funds have also been used to purchase radar guns and body cameras for officers.

  • Helen Hinshaw was a nurse during WWII

    Helen Hinshaw, in her early 90s, lives quietly in Ramsey, attending church with a friend when possible and enjoying eating meals with her friends and neighbors at the Ramsey Senior Citizen Center, and tries never to miss a concert or appearance by her favorite group, the FourGiven Quartet.
    “I went with a friend to hear them for the first time several years ago,” and she has been a faithful fan ever since.
    Her parents, both born in Ramsey, were Illinois Casey Hauskins and Dale Hauskins.

  • State police handling accident investigation

    The investigation into last week’s accident in downtown Vandalia that resulted in the deaths of four members of a Greenville family is now in the hands of the Illinois State Police.

  • Alderman leaves meeting, resigns

    A Vandalia alderman who criticized city council members voting to allow two gaming businesses, then walked out of Monday’s council meeting, has resigned from the council.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor planned to talk to Terry Beesley about reconsidering that action.
    Beesley initiated a lengthy discussion at the end of Monday’s meeting by saying that he feels that aldermen who supported two businesses operating solely for gaming made the wrong choice.

  • Conder wins county clerk post

    The effects of a strong Republican turnout on Tuesday were evident at all levels of government, including Fayette County, where the two contested races went to GOPs.
    Republican Vicky Conder won the county clerk recorder position, garnering more than 57 percent of the vote in defeating Democrat Kelly Taylor.
    And in the race for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board, Republican Jacob Harris received a little more than 55 percent of the vote in beating Democrat Timothy Hill.

  • Vandalia alderman plans to resign after walking out of Monday meeting

    An aldermen who walked out of Monday's city council meeting after voicing his displeasure with the council's decision to allow two gaming businesses plans to resign.

    Ward III Alderman Terry Beesley told The Leader-Union early Tuesday morning that he had submitted a letter of resignation.

    A short time later on Tuesday, Mayor Rick Gottman said that he planned to talk to Beesley about the resignation.

  • VJHS donating Thursday gate proceeds to Greenville family

    Vandalia Junior High School will be donating the gate proceeds from the girls basketball game with Greenville this Thursday night to the family suffering from the car-train accident last Thursday evening. The game starts at 6 p.m.

  • Web update: Vandals fall to Nashville, 48-39

    The Vandalia football team made a valliant comeback, but it was not enough, as Nashville earned a 48-39 win over the Vandals in a first round football playoff game on Saturday.

    Look for more on this story in the print edition.