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Today's News

  • Looking to 2012

    A tough growing season in 2011 won't dim the hopes of U.S. farmers, who plan to increase production of major crops in the coming year, according to Farm Futures magazine's first survey of 2012 planting intentions.

    Lured by high prices and good profit potential, producers said that they expect to plant record corn acres, along with strong increases for soybeans and wheat.

  • Many activities for Labor Day

    As we prepare to celebrate the Labor Day weekend as the unofficial "end of summer" holiday and as a celebration of our nation's workers, there are many activities in the area that are worth noting.

  • Fellwock memoirs trace path to Illinois

    When John Frederick Fellwock was in his 80s, he relived the days of his childhood in the village of Nahhausen, Germany, through his memoirs.  

    His story became the story of many Wilberton Township families who were part of the Lutheran migration from Dodge County, Wis., to the St. Paul area in 1864.

    John’s father, for whom he was named, was an important man in the village of Nahhausen (now Nowodna, Poland), serving as village trustee, tax collector and member of the school board.

  • The Way We Were (Sept. 1)

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council agreed that it was too late to move ahead with plan to put before city voters a referendum on a change in the form of local government.
    Travis Blain ran for 160 yards as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Nokomis, 21-0, in football action.
    The new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center was ready to begin operations.

  • Banks of the Okaw (Sept. 1)

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured as a teenager about 55 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

    He was an over-the-road truck driver, and moved to Texas about 15 years ago. He retired and recently moved back to Vandalia.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Tom and Ed McCarty.

    Identifying them were: The girls at McKellar, Robertson, McCarty and Click Insurance, Elaine Michel, Amy Meseke, Sharon Elmore and Marjorie Blythe,.

  • Evans takes oath of office in 102nd District

    With family, friends and supporters looking on, Paul J. Evans took the official oath of office last Friday, becoming the new State Representative for the 102nd District.

    With his right hand raised and left hand on the Holy Bible, Evans was sworn in by the Hon. Judge George C. Lackey from the Circuit Court of Marion County.

  • Lions Candy Day

    The proceeds of the candy sale will be used for the Lions Club's sight and hearing programs.

  • Public record (Sept. 1, 2011)

    Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Terri Braun:

  • Hummingbirds flock to Wilhelm's feeders

    Sharon Wilhelm enjoys the tranquility of sitting on her front porch in the evenings, watching the many hummingbirds flock to  her feeders, and hearing the constant whirring of their wings as they fly about.

    The surrounding, scenic, view is also comforting and remindful of pleasant memories, as she was born and lived in a house in the woods nearby, until her father built the present house when she was 4 years old.

    Meet Sharon as she shares her enjoyment of the hummingbirds and some of her childhood memories of her rural Brownstown home.

  • Vandalia homecoming court named

    The Vandalia Community High School homecoming court was recently selected. 

    Homecoming will be celebrated at the Sept. 9 football game.