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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a 41-year-old man who earlier this year was convicted of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of armed violence in Fayette County. McGinnis was found guilty of shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre.
    Travis Blain passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the second straight season as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Hillsboro, 31-8.

  • Your vote counts; vote on Tuesday

    Election day is next Tuesday. Are you ready?
    Have you studied the candidates so you can cast an informed vote? Have you checked their records and their positions on various issues that are key to the way that they’ll approach the job? Have you compared their backgrounds and experience to know if they’re prepared to handle the job?
    If not, it’s time to get started.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehte era heter stendiregin ni eth dogo feli: ginlaren, nagnire nad rignaney.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. (Malcolm Forbes)

  • 'Vandalia Raid' part of Civil War history

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, now Reno, about eight miles northwest of Greenville and was a child during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, many family stories. Miss McCord is remembered by many as a teacher at Vandalia High School. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • Museum event is this Sunday

    The second in this Seasons of Events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    Entry is from the parking lot west of hall.
    Linda Dust, a storyteller from Assumption, will provide the program. She has relatives buried in Vandalia and will be telling historical family stories.
    After years of dabbling in folk music, Dust became a fan of storytelling and began attending concerts and festivals. It wasn’t much of a leap from singing folk ballads to telling folk tales.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 1

    ✔ 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, November 2

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Wayne P. Romanik, 40, Greenville, was arrested on Oct. 29 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $2,500, and he was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Gage M. Johnson, 18, 117 E. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 29 on a charge of theft less than $500. She was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Elle B. Sanders, 18, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 28 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bodn was $1,000.

  • Mother and daughter operate Sunny Days

    This is the third in a series of introductions to the children’s day care and learning centers located in the area.

  • Tuesday's general election features a number of races

    In five days, Fayette County voters will go to the polls to cast ballots on a number of local, state and federal races.
    Polls are open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, and grace period and early voting continues at the Fayette County Courthouse through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. In-person absentee voting continues at the courthouse through 4 p.m. on Monday.
    At the top of Tuesday’s general election ballot is the presidential race, which pits incumbent Democrat Barack Obama against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Five Star Learning Center (first photos) took first place in the float division at the Vandalia Lions Club's annual Halloween parade last Thursday evening.

    Among the parade watchers, second photo, was 3-year-old Olivia Roe, dressed up as a Halloween Jack-o-lantern. More photos from the parade, and from the Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Saturday, are in a photo gallery on our website.