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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    Community Thanksgiving Service
    A Community Thanksgiving service was held at First Christian Church of Brownstown Sunday evening.
    A 10-minute prelude was given by Robin Lovett and Susan Smith on the piano, organ and chimes.
    The Ladies Trio of First Christian Church opened the song service with a song with a Latin beat, “It is Good To Give Thanks.” The song service, led by Kevin Bonifacius with Cathy Smith and Joann Strobel, included songs of praise and thanksgiving.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Brownstown Board of Education approved a new two-year contract with the Brownstown Education Association.
    Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chandler of Ramsey and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lay of rural Ramsey were celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
    Fire gutted the building at 611 W. Orchard St. that housed businesses and apartments. Damage was estimated at $250,000.
    Long-time Vandalia attorney Bob Burnside was named grand marshal of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo available. Photos are needed. Send to: The Leader-Union, P.O. Box 315, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Wally Bertram.
    Identifying him were: Al and Janette Sasse, and Alvin and Pat Riedle.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tumnie ouy lestet rof sles hant uyo veedres, oyu egt neev sels naht yuo lestdet rof.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks

    For many Fayette County residents, the year 2012 has been a wild ride.
    Take, for instance, the roller-coaster that our farmers have endured. First, it was one of the earliest springs on record, allowing them to plant their crops in record time. Then the rains shut off and the searing heat turned on – leaving the corn crop a shriveled shadow of the promise it had shown early in the season.

  • Welch owned mill on Pepper Mill Branch

    Francis Marion Bolt was born in southeast Ramsey Township, and in his early years was a school teacher in the neighborhood schools.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Lawrence Arthur McFall Jr.
    Brownstown
    Karen Elaine Cochran
    Brownstown
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    Adam Jerome Hoover
    Mulberry Grove
    Mary Lavonne Turner
    Ramsey
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    Adam James Turner
    Vandalia
    Jaci Dawn Marie Tinker
    Vandalia
     

  • News Briefs

    Relay for Life event participants sought

    Organizers of an event to benefit Fayette County Relay for Life are looking for participants to the event.
    Local crafters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, artists, quilters, pottery makers, toy collectors and makers of various handmade items are being invited to set up booths for the event, to be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Vandalia Eagles Club.
    The event will include various concessions, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Logan A. Cook, 20, Shobonier, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of aggravated battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Eric T. Dunn, 29, Mason, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Jeremy R. Lippert, 20, Salem, was arrested on Nov. 18 on a charge of retail theft and on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 22

    THANKSGIVING
    ✔ The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will hold its sixth annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with serving from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There is no charge, and reservations are not required.
    Saturday, November 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge will hold its annual pancake and sausage breakfast from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge. The cost for the all-you-can eat meal is $5 per person. Carry-outs will be available.

  • LeDuc family has much to be thankful for

    The Rev. Pete and Pam LeDuc and their daughter, Aimee, will offer special thanks this year as they gather together with the rest of their family around the table.