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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 24, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 65 years ago in Hawaii, shows two local servicemen who later returned to the area to farm. One moved south of Greenville in 1953 and the other lives in the Bluff City area.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Blackburn, Jack Wright, Jeff Hoffman and Steven Smith.
    Identifying them were: Karen Washburn, Diane Blackburn, Peggy Hunt, Caryn Leigh and Jim Cole.

  • Dr. H.S. Short practiced for 45 years

    Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to obtain copies of several early photos of the village of Fillmore, just over the line in Montgomery County.  
    Recently, while showing these photographs to a friend, I stopped at the one of Dr. H.S. Short. Whoever took the pictures was kind enough to identify them as well.  Written on the reverse of Dr. Short’s photo is the phrase, "H.S. Short, 45 years in practice."

  • Campaign sign thefts criminal

    In at least one way, unfortunately, it’s a typical election season. Campaign signs are popping up … and then, they’re disappearing.
    At least that’s the case in St. Elmo, where more than 30 campaign signs have reportedly been stolen.
    It’s unfortunate that we again have to remind people that removing campaign signs, as long as they are placed legally, is not only morally wrong, but also a criminal offense.

  • Community Calendar-March 24, 2011

    Thursday, March 24

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ The St. Elmo School District will hold an informational meeting on the county school facility sales tax at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

  • Rotary Blood Drive Challenge

    The Vandalia Rotary Club is challenging First Baptist Church of Vandalia to see which group can produce the most blood donors in this Tuesday’s blood drive. The winning group receives a $200 prize, provided this month by Midland States Bank. If it wins, the Rotary Club, represented by president Kevin Childers, right, will give the prize money to Relay for Life, while the church, represented by the Rev. Robert Weaver, left, will give the prize money to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. The blood drive is scheduled for next Tuesday from noon-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • South Central softball canceled

    Poor field conditions in Altamont have forced Thursday night's softball game between Altamont and South Central to be canceled.

    As of this time, no makeup date has been scheduled.

  • St. Elmo loses area's first baseball game of spring

    After the first scheduled spring baseball games were canceled on Tuesday, St. Elmo kicked off the area season at Shelbyville on Wednesday.

    The Eagles were one-hit by the Rams in a 15-1 loss.

    Freshman Levi Maxey recorded the hit, and senior Kase Stolte suffered the loss for St. Elmo.

    The Eagles play at Christ Our Rock this afternoon.

  • New Judge Marc Kelly takes oath of office

    Marc Kelly, a native of Vandalia who has been practicing law with the local firm of Burnside, Johnston, Sheafor and Kelly, became the newest judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. A photo slideshow from the ceremony is available at www.leaderunion.com.

  • HMG presents plans for more downtown improvements

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle presents plans for more downtown streetscape improvements during a meeting on Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.

    The plans for which street are shown here? See next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 17, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1983, shows four Ramsey High School students – two of whom were graduates that year. The ones on the far left and far right still live in the Ramsey area. The one second from the left lives in Vandalia and the one second from the right lives in rural Bingham.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.