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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shirley J. Johnston, 39, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, turned herself in on Jan. 12 on a warrant for failure to appear in court in small claims and ordinance violation cases. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Shawn M. Keith, 26, 409 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Ted E. Hanner, 36, Bunker Hill, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $30,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 14
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
    Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
    Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.

  • Flour mills operated in Fayette County

    Back issues of newspapers are a wonderful source for history of the county. In the Oct. 13, 1927, issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper, an article titled "Flour Milling in Fayette County" provided an overview of mills in the county, with special attention given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., “once the most-thriving of its kind in this part of the country.”

  • Volunteers needed at the Statehouse

    Last week in this space, we praised those individuals who have volunteered to assist the staff at the Vandalia Statehouse in the past.
    This week, we encourage other local residents to be a part of that volunteer team. In fact, it’s increasingly critical that the volunteer team grows.
    Statehouse Site Superintendent Mary Cole and Paul Imes retired at the end of 2011. Cole was replaced by Steve Riddle, and Imes wasn’t replaced.

  • Shimkus accepting military valentines

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) is kicking off his “Valentines for Heroes” program, which has become a popular tradition for his constituents.
    Shimkus’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” he said.
    “The people of Central and Southern Illinois are overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Randy Dale Pryor
    Vandalia
    Rebecca Lynn Toberman
    Vandalia

    Rebecca Christopher Brown
    Ramsey
    Cassidie Renee Guffey
    Ramsey

    Justin Dean Ellis
    Brownstown
    Patricia Nicole Barron
    Brownstown

    Mark Alan Wade
    Ramsey
    Mary Catherine Harris
    Ramsey

    Jeffrey Forrest Luttrell
    Ramsey

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

    Blackie & Rhonda (hens) Declare Truce on the Chicken Roost
    As our faithful readers know, Blackie, the bereaved hen, would not accept Rhonda, the red hen, as a friend, perhaps out of loyalty to Anita, her childhood playmate and mature hen, best-girl friend and confidant (who met a horrible fate when a devious Red Fox took her “out for breakfast”).