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Today's News

  • Corrections (Aug. 30)

    The following players were incorrectly identified in last week’s Fall Sports Preview: Tristan Hull of Patoka's baseball team and Steven Schienschang. of Mulberry Grove's baseball team.

    Also in that section, Brownstown sophomore Katie Kroll was listed as a freshman.

    In last week’s sports section, a computer glitch caused a photo of Noah Powless to be replaced by that of Sevan Wright.

    We apologize for the errors.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Katy Scheduled for Elective Surgery
    Katy, the newest little doggie face on the Homestead, is now 19 weeks old and will soon have her doggie elective (?) surgery.
    The decision has also been made that she is ready to attend obedience classes. It isn’t that she is bad-tempered or mean in any way. On the other hand, she is overwhelmingly affectionate.
    She loves to play and wants everyone to play with her, all of the time.
    She is also proving to be a good watchdog and alerts us when anything moves in the edge of our yard in the woods.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 30
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.   
    • The first of four programs sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension will be at 7 p.m. at the U of I Extension Office in Vandalia at 118 N. Sixth Street. It is “Beyond Ash and Maple-Tree Selection,” and will be offered via the University of Illinois Telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois.

  • St. Peter Prairie Days
  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Morris Kern.
    Identifying him were: Mary Cripe, Dan Oberlink and Kenneth Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehet ear wot smeit ni feil hewn a nam ludhos ont leatcupes newh eh noctan rofdaf ti, nad newh eh nac.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Two weeks after agreeing to consider parasailing licenses for Vandalia Lake, the Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 not to allow that kind of license. Mayor Sandra Leidner cast the deciding dissenting vote.
    The Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight fast-pitch softball team finished second in the Class A state tournament.
    Johnny and Nellie Logue of St. Elmo celebrated their 50th anniversary.

  • Levi Davis left mark on Vandalia

    While cruisin’ the Internet a while back, I clicked on eBay, an on-line auction site, where you can find all types of items for sale.

  • Ward boundaries need adjustment

    It’s unlikely that the Vandalia City Council will act on Treasurer Marjorie Blythe’s recommendation to cut the number of city aldermen from eight to four. And while that suggestion may not spur any action, it should at least remind city officials that they should consider some action on the areas that aldermen represent.
    City officials talked several years ago about a study that would ultimately result in new boundaries for the four city wards.

  • Coal City woman killed in wreck

    A Coal City woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, Sharon Lang, 68,  was crossing a rocked parking lot at the intersection of North Eighth Street and Janett Avenue on a 2007 Honda Gold Wing when she lost traction, causing her to roll the throttle open.
    Bowen said Lang's motorcycle crossed Janett Avenue and crashed into a block retaining wall.
    She was transported to Fayette County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by Bowen.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Floyd C. Crisman, 39, Tamms, was arrested on Aug. 27 on a warrant for home invasion, aggravated battery and battery. Bond was $150,000.
    • William M. Peters, 25, 626 S. Locust St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 26 on charges of driving while his license is revoked or suspended and driving an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Bond was $1,500.
    • Zack C. Resner, 17, Effingham, was arrested on Aug. 26 on charges of reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude police. He was released on a notice to appear in court.