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Today's News

  • Memories on tape preserve tale of family

    First off, I would like to thank all those who read this column and share with me their enjoyment of the stories that are told here. Many times, more facets of the stories I share come forward and become, as one popular commentator put it, "the rest of the story."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Hazel Albert Stevenson.
    Identifying her were: Thelma Wright, Allen and Vivian Schmid, Donna Chrisman, Evelyn Bennett  and Joann Tessman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ew tums wive gonuy olpepe ton sa tepym slobtet ot eb dilfel, tub sa descnal ot eb til.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Company must produce results

    Though no one on the Vandalia City Council could recall any prospects produced for Vandalia by a Texas business recruiting company, the council last week unanimously voted to continue for one more year its relationship with Site Location Partnership.
    We can't fault the council for trying to lure businesses here. However, we urge them to take a long, hard look at the value provided by the company before extending the contract beyond the year just approved.

  • Evans Library now offering Consumer Reports Online

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia has expanded its services to include the Consumer Reports Online, in addition to its existing magazine subscription.
    Consumer Reports Online is available to anytime, anywhere by visiting www.epl.lib.il.us. Patrons wanting to use the service can obtain their user ID and password by calling the library, 283-2824.
    Users may use Consumer Reports Online to browse the website to help make smarter buying decisions.
    It’s a quick, easy way to get the best product at the best price.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for lunch and a meeting, with 24 members and two guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given and followed with Vera Miller giving the meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened, with the secretary and treasurer report given and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries were read for January.
    A card was signed for members Charles and Doris Duncan, who live in Texas and just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.

  • Locks of Love Donation

    Madison Johnson, the daughter of Alan and Mary Johnson of Vandalia, recently donated 15 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for cancer patients. She had her hair cut at Cut Loose on Feb. 1.

  • In Uniform

    Boone C. Baker
    Air Force Airman Boone C. Baker graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Wedding

    John Cavaletto of Walnut Hill and Andria Urban of Centralia were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia, with the Rev. Mark Girardin officiating.

  • Births

    Julia Marie Mizeur
    Lindsy and Phillip Mizeur Jr. of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 1:47 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

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