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Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    May 31 reporting deadline for crops
    May 31 is the final deadline to report fall-seeded crops, according to the Fayette County Farm Service Agency.
    Annual reports are required for producers receiving benefits on DEC, ACRE, Federal Crop Insurance, CRP rental payments, commodity loans, NAP and SURE payments.
    Timely and accurate acreage reports are necessary to maintain planting history on a farm and to ensure program benefits are not jeopardized.
    Late-file reporting after May 31 costs a minimum of $46.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Joyce Mueller
    The last day of April ushers in thoughts of the tradition of May Day, which is celebrated as a spring festival in many countries.
    Little baskets of flowers were often placed on doors of friends and neighbors. I think I recall at one time our Vandalia school children had May Day picnics in the park.
    So, not to be outdone, EO volunteers placed small May Day baskets on each of the tables, which delighted those attending on Monday.

  • National Week of Prayer

    Several area residents and pastors participated in prayers at various locations around Vandalia this week as a prelude to the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

  • Church Briefs

    Women's trio to perform this Sunday

    The Liberty Belles Trio, a Southern gospel women's group from Liberty, Mo., will perform at Crown Point Church Sunday at 10 a.m.
    The church is located seven miles south of Vandalia on Carlyle Road.
    For more information, call the Rev. Pete LeDuc at 339-1646.

    Summer lunches meeting is Wednesday

  • The heart of God's message is his deep love for us

    Things do not always take place in God’s kingdom the way we expect. Adam and Eve decided to disobey God. Sin was born. This sin is passed along to all of us.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers, pictured in 1949, both served in the military and later both became doctors.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A fire that apparently started in the kitchen area destroyed the home of the David Smith family in Vandalia.
    The Leader-Union placed third in the annual advertising and marketing contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.
    Sandra Leidner won six of nine precincts to become the first woman elected mayor of Vandalia.
    Betty Anne and Duane Luallen of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary .

  • Depew family cemetery finally located

    On Sept. 15, 1995, with my sons, Aaron and Ethan, I accompanied the late Agnes Grubaugh on a cemetery hunt. We were looking for the burial ground of Agnes’ ancestors, John and Mary Seagraves Depew, who settled in Fayette County around 1821.

  • Departure of Graham a test of our fortitude

    In spite of months of intense efforts by local officials and business representatives, Graham Packaging announced this week its plan to close its plant in Vandalia. The closure will be effective in July.
    That decision leaves 126 hourly employees and 12 salaried employees – along with 77 hourly employees who are currently on layoff – without jobs. And it puts a giant dent in the Vandalia economy, as the buying power of those 215 families is diminished.

  • Schutz keeps Burtschi Brothers traditions alive

    As we have continued our visits along the main street of Vandalia, we have focused on the new stores and businesses and the services they offer.