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Today's News

  • Senior Spotlight: Kellie Crain

    FARINA – South Central senior Kellie Crain has elected to continue her softball career in college.

    Crain signed her letter of intent to play catcher for Shawnee Community College for the next two seasons.

    “They are getting a player who works hard and has improved each year,” said Lady Cougars coach Gary Kapper. “When she gets down there, I think she will improve even more, since she’ll be focused strictly on softball.”

  • Hill competing in state queen pageant this week

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

  • Wedding

    Dana Frances Kirk and Craig Michael Kern, both of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a ceremony on Sept. 29, 2012, at Liberty Church in Bingham.

  • Anniversary

    Don and Emily Ehrat of rural Shobonier will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday at the Augsburg Immanuel Lutheran Church Parish Hall in rural Shobonier.

  • We Apologize

    In the Jan. 10 issue of The Leader-Union, a new-business story about Laack Flooring Innovations contained an incorrect telephone number.
    That number was listed with a 283 prefix; however, it should be 322-3863.
    We apologize for the error.
     

  • Library has Civil War exhibit

    The year 2011 began the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The war lasted five years, until 1865. History classes, books, movies and TV have taught a lot about that war, but there is always something new to learn.
    It is known that many men were lost in that war. However, more men were lost due to disease than to the actual fighting. In fact, this deadly weapon that could not be seen killed two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.

  • Brownstown student charged after alleged threat last week

    Felony charges have been filed against a Brownstown High School student who allegedly threatened another student through the networking website Facebook.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said that he has charged the 15-year-old student with three counts of intimidation and one count of interference with an educational institution.
    Each of the two charges is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Because of his age, the youth is being prosecuted through juvenile proceedings.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 17

    ✔ 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 19

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Juan R. Arroyo, 19, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on a charge of battery. He was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Teresa M. Witt, 44, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on charges of driving while her license is suspended, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and improper parking. Bond was $1,500.
    • Franklin D. Huddlestun, 23, 717 South St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 14 on a charge of failing to report a change of address as a registered sex offender. Bond was $10,000.

  • Griffin Tipsword averts a massacre

    Long before the French traders and pelters discovered the Kaskaskia River and her tributaries, the land encompassed by Fayette County was part of vast hunting grounds for various Indian tribes.