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Today's News

  • YMCA to offer exercise programs

    The YMCA will offer several fitness programs in September.

    Every Monday and Wednesday starting Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the YMCA will offer aerobics with Lynn Ferguson.

    Every Tuesday starting Sept. 6, the YMCA will offer two bootcamps:  “Wild Bootcamp” from  5-6 p.m. and “Mild Bootcamp”  from 6-7 p.m, with Haron Denton

    On every Tuesday and Thursday starting Sept. 8, Zumba will be offered from 9-10 a.m. with Alison Durbin.

    Contact the YMCA at 283-1258 with questions or to register.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 19

    UMP DIRTcar Modifieds - 18 cars
    Heat 1    
    1    818       Kelby Simmons
    2    66    Michael Fox
    3    89    Norm Wood
    4    2H    Cody Hood
    Heat 2    
    1    25    Brent Keyes
    2    28       Michael Bolyard

  • 2:46 p.m. Tuesday: Baker guilty of murder, home invasion

    Loogootee teen Clifford Baker has been found guilty of first-degree murder and home invasion.

    The jury received the case at 11:06 a.m., and at 1:45 p.m., trial Judge Michael McHaney read a question from the jury, in which they asked whether they would be allowed to leave the building before the courtroom was emptied.

    The judge replied with a question: "Does this mean you've reached a verdict?" The answer: "Yes."

  • Murder case goes to jury

    The jury in the Clifford Baker murder trial has begun deliberating.

    Jurors were given the case shortly after 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), after hearing closing arguments presented by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and Mark Havera, one of three defense attorneys representing Baker.

    Jurors began deliberations after choosing a foreperson, and they were served lunch at about noon.

    Keep on eye on www.leaderunion.com for news of the verdict.

  • Insanity defense dropped in Baker case

    As previously scheduled, the prosecution and defense attorneys in the Clifford Baker murder trial will deliver closing arguments first thing on Tuesday morning.

    But as the attorneys met with Judge Michael McHaney to prepare jury instructions, Baker's defense team, led by Monroe McWard of Taylorville, announced that it would no longer present arguments for an insanity defense.
     That leaves the defense of involuntary intoxication.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Possum Dog Needed
    As our doggie population has decreased, the wild critter invasion has increased. Some of our past doggie friends were real guardians of the Homestead, always on the lookout for unwelcome varmints.

  • Frogtown News

    Upcoming Reunion
    The annual Fred J. Meyer and Magnus reunion will be held Sunday at noon at St. Peter City Hall. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 17
    • Teacher in-service – no student attendance.

  • School Menus

    VANDALIA
    Breakfast
    Monday, Aug. 22 – Jumpstart breakfast and milk.
    Tuesday, Aug. 23 – Belgian waffle stix, juice and milk.
    Wednesday, Aug. 24 – Muffin/cereal, fruit and milk.
    Lunch
    Grades K-8
    Monday, Aug. 22 – Cheese pizza cruncher stix, combination salad, sliced peaches, fruit juice bar and milk (J.H.) chicken quesadilla.
    Tuesday, Aug. 23 – Wafer sliced ham on white grain bun, corn on the cob, fruit salad, pretzel rods and milk. (J.H.) barbecue rib.

  • ROE hosts new teacher training

    Julie R. Wollerman, regional superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties, hosted a training session for new teachers on Friday, Aug. 5, at Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant in Vandalia.
    Sixteen teachers from across the three counties attended the event, which featured presentations by two educational consultants and Wollerman.
    Bill LaDage, a retired Vandalia administrator and a school improvement consultant, spoke to the group of new teachers about classroom management and discipline techniques.