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Today's News

  • Community Sports Briefs (June 2)

    Special show coming to Fayette County Speedway on Friday

    A special show will take place at Fayette County Speedway on Friday, and the special show from last Friday, which was postponed due to rain, will be made up at a later date this summer.

    This Friday, the POWRi Midgets and 600cc Mini Sprints will be featured at the speedway. Regular racing of modifieds, street stocks, hornets and team cars will also take place.

  • Bass Tournament (June 2)

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club held a Bass Tournament on Vandalia Lake on Saturday, May 14.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 2, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 35 or 40 years ago at his birthday party, is a native of Fayette County. He can be seen on the streets of Vandalia during the daytime, and he can be seen in any one of three police uniforms in the evening hours.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Hoffman, Pete Bauerle, Gary Bauerle and Freddie Bauerle.
    Identifying them were: Linda Moreland, Danny Donaldson, Brenda Meyer, Peggy Hunt and Lindel Martie.

  • The Way We Were-June 2, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Due to input from people in the community, Mayor Rich Walker rescinded his proposal to eliminate the Vandalia Economic Development Commission.
    Ed Taylor’s performance of a song he wrote won him first place in The Leader-Union’s Talent Showcase.
    Vicky Shaeffer was the championship flight champ and Glenda Lawler took first place in the A Flight of the St. Andrew’s Ladies Open at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club. Peg Harris won the B Flight, and Dorothy Fannin was the C Flight champion.
    Alice Walton was installed as president of the Cameo Woman’s Club.

  • Potts family had tie to Daniel Boone

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union. Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of the easy ones.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois around 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.
    William B. Potts was born in Frankfort, Ky., in the year 1814, and came to Illinois in 1829 with his father Richard F. Potts, brother Jessie and sister Millie.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    This Saturday evening and throughout the night, local residents will walk around Rogier Park in Vandalia to raise money to fight cancer.
    The annual Relay for Life of Fayette County kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the walkers don’t stop until 5 a.m. Sunday.
    Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this year’s relay is operating under the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
    We applaud the dedication of the teams taking part in this year’s event, and we wish them well as they circle the park.

  • Marriage Licenses-June 2, 2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Thomas Brent Beesley
    Farina
    Lisa Marie Alexander
    Farina
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    Christopher David Whitehead
    Brownstown
    Jessica Nicole Ireland
    Brownstown
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    Chace Brayden Dolan
    Vandalia
    Justine May Smith
    Vandalia

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 2, 1011

    • Steven C. Conner, 44, 119 E. Division St., Brownstown, was arrested on May 31 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jennifer E. Beesley, 30, 319 W. North St., Brownstown, was arrested on May 30 on a charge of domestic battery. She was turned over to Illinois Department of Corrections authorities on a possible parole violation.
    • Brandi L. Smithson, 19, 917 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 30 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 2

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way. The lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., weather permitting.
    The pool hours for the season are: Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only and Sunday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There must be at least 10 people present to open to pool on days or evenings with questionable weather.
    Admission is $4, and ages 4 and under are admitted free
    Those children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper (Little Swimmers). Diapers and rubber pants are not allowed, due to health concerns.