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Today's News

  • Engagement

    Sarah Meyer of rural Alma and Mitch Johnson of rural Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Megan Hunter and Gregory Maher, both of O’Fallon, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:

    Mark Allen Thomas
    Mason
    Tammy Jo Johnston
    Mason
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    Terry Alan Shellabarger
    Vandalia
    Mary Jane Otto
    Vandalia
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    Antony Cortez Johnson
    Vandalia
    Kendra Mae Barker
    Vandalia
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    Dylan Kenneth Fulk
    Krissy Reanna Connell
    Vandalia
     

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shirley J. Johnston, 40, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 28 on a warrant for burglary. Bond was $10,000.
    • Mary V. Steele, 55, 1410 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 28 on an alleged Bond County probation violation. Bond was $250 cash, and she was transferred to Bond County.
    • Robert D. Taylor, 28, 223 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 27 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $150 cash.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 31

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, February 1

    ✔ "Liberty Road Band" will be performing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center on Fridays, Feb. 1, 8 and 22. Admission is $5. A potluck will be held.
    Sunday, February 3

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken of Augsburg Lutheran School in 1971, shows students in grades 1-4. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Mike Baker, a former assistant warden at the Vandalia Correctional Center, was appointed to the warden’s post at VCC by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Austin Randolph Jr. was named assistant warden of operations.
    The Vandalia Lady Vandals defeated state-ranked Breese Mater Dei, 49-45, recording their first win over that school in girls basketball.
    Dannon Cole of Vandalia was given honorable mention honors as an NAIA Division II All-American. He was a defensive back at Greenville College.

  • Capps brothers were business leaders

    Ebenezer Capps was one of the best known men to live in Vandalia during the capital years.

  • Flowers, Lindberg deserving of Abes

    Each year, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presents a pair of Abe Awards. And most years, the announcement of the recipients elicits the same reaction: “It’s about time they were recognized for all the things they have done.”
    This year’s honorees – Tony Flowers and Bob Lindberg – fit that pattern. They’ve both toiled for years, sometimes in obscurity and sometimes in the spotlight, but always working for the good of others.

  • News Briefs

    Storm Spotters class on Feb. 6

    A free Storm Spotters class will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia.

    Earthquake drill set for Feb. 7

    The largest earthquake drill in the history of the central United States will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Local participants may register for the drill by calling 283-1044 and asking for Kiley, or by e-mail, fcesda@yahoo.com.

    SAFE still has cheeseballs available