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Today's News

  • Vandalia native killed in line of police duty

    A Vandalia native serving as a police officer in Caruthersville, Mo., was killed in the line of due early this morning.

    According to news reports from the St. Louis area, Evan Burns, 28, was among the police officers pursuing an individual in a stolen vehicle who was wanted for first-degree assault and auto theft.

    The chase started when the vehicle was located on Interstate 55, and as the driver of the reportedly stolen Escalade went onto state Highway 84, Burns and another Caruthersville stopped their squad cars to set up spike strips.

  • Jury selected, Baker trial to begin on Tuesday afternoon

    A jury trial has been selected for Clifford Baker's murder trial, and the trial is scheduled to get under way on Tuesday afternoon.

    Potential jurors were interviewed on Monday by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel and the team of three defense attorneys led by Taylorville attorney Monroe McWard.

    Four jurors had been selected by 1 p.m., and after more potential jurors were interviewed until shortly after 3:30 p.m., Judge Michael McHaney announced that the remaining eight jurors, as well as two alternate jurors, had been selected.

  • Field of Dreams and Park District reach agreement

    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday received permission from the Park District to tear down the backstop at the high school softball field.

    In addition, the Park District gave the committee $3,000 to put toward the renovation project.

    Other maintanence agreements and communication details were also ironed out between the organizations.

    Much more on this story will appear in the Aug. 18 edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Baker trial to begin on Monday

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a neighbor couple in August of last year will get under way as scheduled on Monday.

    The trial for Clifford Baker, 16, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.

    Last-minute motions in the case were ruled upon by Judge Michael McHaney on Thursday afternoon.

  • TV, movie star among those hurt in Thursday crash

    Television and movie star Miranda Cosgrove was reportedly one of seven people injured in one of two accidents on Interstate 70 about 10 miles east of Vandalia at about 5 a.m. on Thursday.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a semi had overturned in the westbound lanes, and while that accident was being investigated, a private tour bus hit the semi.

    Cosgrove reportedly suffered a broken ankle in the accident. One of the seven injured was airlifted from the scene.

    The accident is still being investigated by the state police.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The “Roving Rooster”
    A small, but feisty, little rooster has been venturing up our lane, which we believe is roving from his home roost in our neighbor’s chicken house.
    He begins his “bugging” early in the morning, not heading home until later that evening.

  • Frogtown News

    Visits Parents
    Mahala Harpster, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., is spending a couple of weeks with her parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Mahala has finished her internship at Classic Equine in Fredicktown, Mo.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Aug. 10
    • The Avena Township Park Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

  • Brownstown Alumni Reunion

    The Brownstown Alumni Reunion was held on Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion in Vandalia.

  • Card Shower

    John Terry

    The family of John Terry of Mulberry Grove has requested a card shower in honor of his 90th birthday on Aug. 18.


    Cards may be sent to him at 1364 Mulberry Grove Road, Mulberry Grove, Ill. 62262.