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Today's News

  • What does God expect of us? Take time to listen!

    Sometimes, late at night, I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, I just can’t get to sleep; other times, I may sleep for an hour and then wake up and not be able to fall back asleep.

  • Vandalia Rotary Club holds banquet

    Several members received awards and a new slate of officers was inducted at the annual banquet of the Vandalia Rotary Club on June 28.

  • Fastenal opens store here

    Though Fastenal started in 1967 with an inventory of primarily nuts, bolts and screws, the company’s product line is now considerably broader.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These friends, pictured in the early 1950s at a 4-H camp in Monticello, all grew up in the Loogootee area. The one on the left now lives in Springfield, the rest still live in the area.  

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 –  A month after convicted murderer Stuart Heaton had his petition for a new trial denied, his attorney argued that a ruling on his request for new DNA testing should be granted.
    Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.

  • Article describes Vandalia's second capitol

    The first capitol in Vandalia was a frame two-story building erected on the northwest corner of Fifth and Johnson streets – at the current site of The Leader-Union.  Construction began in the spring of 1820, and records show it was built at a cost of around $4,000.
    A fire, discovered around 2 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 9, 1823, totally destroyed the building, along with some state papers.

  • Take precautions with severe heat

    This week has been another scorcher, with searing sunlight and temperatures in the triple digits. It’s the kind of weather that can get you in trouble before you know it.
    Even the nights haven’t offered much relief, often barely falling below 80 degrees.
    This uncomfortable weather pattern has lingered over the Midwest for the past several weeks. Yet, just because that kind of heat and humidity has become the norm, it hasn’t lost any of its dangerous potential.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.

  • Frogtown

    Hospitalized
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Wednesday of last week. She still remains a patient there.
    Visitors
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster this week have been: Bev Wodtka, Pastor Emrick, Larry and Sue Urban, and Helen Limes, all of St. Peter; Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.; and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Birth

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 25
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Communication will leave at 10 a.m. to go to the Highland House of Plenty for lunch.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1:30 p.m. School supplies will be accepted at the meeting.
    Thursday, July 26
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
    Sunday, July 29
    • A Fifth Sunday breakfast potluck will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.