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Today's News

  • Wedding

    Erin Ainscough of Vandalia and Michael (Mik) Rowe of Valley Mills, Texas, were united in marriage on Saturday Aug. 13, 2011, at the C-Bar Stables in Valley Mills, Texas, with the Revs. Tanner Green and Vance Yarter performing the outdoor ceremony.

  • Anniversary

    Thomas Jerry and Mary Ann Givens of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Thursday.

  • GROWMARK plans to celebrate 'Year of Cooperatives' in 2012

    The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, and GROWMARK is joining in the yearlong celebration.
    The international campaign kicked off on Oct. 31 in New York, and will highlight the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, employment generation and social integration.

  • Harvest winding down; corn 89 percent, beans 94 percent

    Harvest progress was aided by 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
    Corn harvested now stands at 89 percent, compared to the five-year average of 71 percent.
    Soybeans harvested are at 94 percent, compared to the five-year average of 80 percent.
    Many producers are also busy with fall tillage activities, along with fertilizer and lime applications, and seeding winter wheat.
    Temperatures averaged 50.4 degrees, 1.2 degrees below normal with a few reports of heavy frost in the northern part of the state.

  • Weather aids harvest; yields mixed

    Thanks to nearly ideal fall weather, Fayette County farmers have harvested about 85 percent of their corn and soybeans. And some have finished.
    “This has been one of the good years for harvesting,” said Ron Marshel, Fayette County Farm Bureau manager. “Just excellent harvest weather.”
    Yields, however, have been all over the map.

  • Fall Tillage

    Clayton Paradee on Monday turns his tractor to till another round in a soybean field after it had been harvested.

    He was working for Emerick Farms in a field about a mile north of Vandalia. Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel estimates that about 85 percent of the county's crops has been harvested.  

  • Banks of the Okaw Nov. 3

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Michelle Philpot Barker, Melissa Philpot Elam, Cindy Carpenter Lutz and Jill Philpot Perry.
    Identifying them was: Cynthia Autenrieth.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht nam how slofwol teh drowc lilw sylulau teg on rufhert naht het drowc. eth amn owh slawk nelao si keilyl ot nidf femshil ni slapec on eno seel sha reev nebe.
    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

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ post-season playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Senior Spotlight: Fearsome Four

    FARINA – They’ve shared one office space of 900 square feet for some 35 games this season, and yet, they still aren’t sick of each other.

    The Fearsome Four – the eldermost players on South Central’s high school volleyball team – often work in unison, combining their strengths to wreak havoc on opponents.

    These Lady Cougars probably aren’t the finest foursome in all of the state, but among area 1A schools, it’d be tough to argue that another team’s core is better.

  • Lady Cougars earn regional title

    FARINA – On its own floor, the South Central High School volleyball team won its third straight regional championship last Thursday, defeating North Clay in two sets, 25-16, 25-15.

    Senior Kinzie Neilson paced the offense with 14 kills – giving her 22 during the two games of the regional tournament – and junior Natalie Chapman had 16 assists and three service aces to help earn the victory.

    Senior Emily Atwood added six kills, and senior Sarah Kramer had 12 assists and a kill.