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Today's News

  • Vandalia Holiday Tournamet schedule announced

    The schedule for the 2012 Vandalia Holiday Tournament has been released.

    Flora has the No. 1 seed for the 41st annual event, and Vandalia is seeded No. 3.

    Maroa-Forsyth and St. Anthony replace Wesclin and Stew-Stras in this year’s VHT.

    Other local teams are No. 5 St. Elmo and No. 10 South Central.

  • Letter preserves history of Grandfields

    With the building of the National Road through Fayette County, beginning around 1829, workmen and their families arrived and villages grew along the route, with Howard’s Point being a prime example.
    One of these was that of Thomas Grandfield. Through a letter written in 1957 by Lewis Grandfield to a grandson, we learn that Thomas was a stone cutter, and worked his way from Philadelphia to Fayette County on the National Road.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Old photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew od creepenexi stemnom tybulesalo erfe morf ryrow. stehe firbe pirestse rae lacdel cinpa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. (Vince Lombardi)

  • Holiday Chorus

    Youth from St. Elmo Christian Church are joined by several adults in singing holiday tunes during "Christmas in St. Elmo on Friday night.

  • Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

    Arthur Young Inc., the local Chevrolet dealership, is again serving as the home for the Toys for Tots program, which provides Christmas gifts for needy young children in the area.

    New and like-new toys are being received at the dealership through early Monday morning. Shown here are Angie and Dennis Young of Arthur Young Inc.

  • FAYCO to hold ceremony at its new recycling center

    FAYCO Enterprises will celebrate more than 36 years of service to the community, as well as the opening of its new recycling center and new residential facility, with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony next Wednesday morning.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, December 7

  • Holiday Open House at Statehouse

    The Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse is this Saturday, from 4-6:30 p.m.

  • Couple gives back with Happy Hollow Farms

    “We wanted to give something back to our community,” Lindsay Lash said in explaining the reason that she and her husband, Ryan, created the popular Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch a few years ago.

  • TIF grant OK'd for former Jr. Food Mart

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two TIF grants, including one for the rehabilitation of a building at a major intersection in the city.