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Today's News

  • Evergreen Outreach Dec. 22, 1011

    By Karen Redfern
    Both sadness and joy marked Monday afternoon, when Phyllis Rames announced that one incredible lady by the name of Jeanne Witbracht had died during the weekend.
    Steadfast, loyal and giving, Jeanne was a dedicated Evergreen Outreach volunteer who will no longer be in our midst. She will be missed.

  • Church Briefs

    Free Christmas dinner at Northside

    A free Christmas dinner will be offered at Northside Christian Church to those who aren't able to be with their family on the holiday.
    The dinner, which runs from noon until 1 p.m. on Christmas day, will be available to the first 100 guests to sign up. To make reservations, call the church at 283-1970 by Friday.
    The church is located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia.   

    Live nativity scene through this Friday

  • Postal Service considering processing center move

    The U.S. Postal Service has scheduled a public meeting this Thursday evening to discuss moving some mail processing operations from the Effingham Customer Service Mail Processing Center to the Champaign Processing and Distribution Facility.
    The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus' building in Effingham.

  • Statewide unemployment falls to 10 percent in November; 600 jobs added

    The November unemployment rate fell to 10 percent as the state added 600 jobs, according to preliminary data released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The data is seasonally adjusted.
    The decline from 10.1 percent occurs as Illinois has added jobs in eight of the past 11 months.

  • Fayette County Hospital awarded accreditation by The Joint Commission

    Fayette County Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
    The accreditation award recognizes Fayette County Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

  • Siblings open sewing shop in Vandalia

    Sisters Rita Miller and Carol Oldham have been around sewing since they were taught by their grandmother as young girls.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 22, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ti swa sylawa disa fo mhi ahtt eh wenk woh ot epke stamshric elwl, fi nya nam velia dessospes  het glenwokde. yam taht eb lytru disa fo su! nad os, sa nyit mit drosbeev, "dgo slebs su, ryeve noe!"
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Gettings stories in book an early present

    As I was working on preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebration, my thoughts turned to last year when, for me, Christmas came early.

  • Caring & Sharing keeps on giving

    Thirty-five years ago, a group of Fayette County Health Department employees banded together to make Christmas a little brighter for six local families.
    That special holiday program quickly grew into Fayette County Caring & Sharing, which has for several decades provided Christmas baskets for more than 400 less-fortunate families in the county.
    In its early years, all of those Christmas baskets were distributed at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia. Today, that church’s parish center is just one of a handful of distribution sites.