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Today's News

  • Museum has two new displays

    New exhibits are on display at the Fayette County Museum.
    One display case features Fayette County advertising calendars from 1890-1964. Paper, die-cut and two calendar plates are included.
    Ramsey is represented by two unique calendars from Lindhorst’s Mammoth Store in 1914; J. B. Green & Son in 1903, 1904, 1908 and 1909; and Ramsey National Bank in 1917.
    Brownstown is represented by calendars from D.O. Pitcher in 1912 and 1913, and from Griffith Bros. and Co. in 1939.
    The Civil War is featured in the other two special cases.

  • Dragon puts Vandalia on the map

    The fire-breathing dragon, which for the past decade has faithfully kept watch over Kaskaskia Supply & Rental in Vandalia, recently caught the fancy of a national organization that promotes what it describes  as "odd, hilarious and offbeat" tourist attractions.

  • State Quitline offers help with smoking cessation

    The Fayette County Health Department is recommending assistance for individuals who are trying to quit smoking as a New Year's resolution.
    Those who are trying to call the Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES.
    Sonsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Quitline is offered free of charge.
    Those who are trying to quit smoking receive support through the Quitline, and they can learn whether they are eligible to receive free nicotene replacement patches through the Fayette County Health Department.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Shirley J. Johnston, 39, 2311 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, turned herself in on Jan. 12 on a warrant for failure to appear in court in small claims and ordinance violation cases. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Shawn M. Keith, 26, 409 S. Moreland St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Ted E. Hanner, 36, Bunker Hill, was arrested on Jan. 9 for failure to appear in court on a charge of felony driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $30,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 14
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
    Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
    Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.

  • Flour mills operated in Fayette County

    Back issues of newspapers are a wonderful source for history of the county. In the Oct. 13, 1927, issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper, an article titled "Flour Milling in Fayette County" provided an overview of mills in the county, with special attention given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., “once the most-thriving of its kind in this part of the country.”

  • Volunteers needed at the Statehouse

    Last week in this space, we praised those individuals who have volunteered to assist the staff at the Vandalia Statehouse in the past.
    This week, we encourage other local residents to be a part of that volunteer team. In fact, it’s increasingly critical that the volunteer team grows.
    Statehouse Site Superintendent Mary Cole and Paul Imes retired at the end of 2011. Cole was replaced by Steve Riddle, and Imes wasn’t replaced.