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Today's News

  • Ponder the three comings of Christ during the Advent season

    “John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

  • Church Briefs

    Program sends 1,751 shoeboxes

    Operation Christmas Child for Fayette and Montgomery counties this year collected 1,751 shoeboxes for needy children around the world. That was an increase of nearly 240 boxes from last year's total of 1,512.
    Jill Zimmer, who coordinated the local program again this year, said that a variety of participants helped make the program a success. Included in those participants were several individuals, a school class, four businesses and 30 churches.

    Christmas movie this Sunday

  • Brownstown seventh-graders going to state tournament

    VANDALIA — The Brownstown Jr. High seventh-grade girls basketball team qualified for the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 3A state tournament with a 24-10 victory against Roxana on Wednesday at the Vandalia Sectional.

    Brownstown led 20-4 going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a strong defensive effort, which included 24 steals, and solid rebounding.

    Dana Shelton led Brownstown with 11 points, while Deana Shelton added 14 rebounds and nine points. Fatima Viramontes had eight steals in the game.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Charlene M. Jett
    On Monday, the Evergreen Outreach meeting was blessed by  SoftFire (David and Patricia Pence). They opened the meeting with beautiful, peaceful, soft music from 10 instruments (three saxophones, three trumpets, a French horn, a piccolo, a clarinet and a flugelhorn). Later, they incorporated jingle bells and a tambourine.

  • 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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    Andrew Jerome Hoover
    Mulberry Grove
    Mary Lavonne Turner
    Ramsey
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    Adam James Turner
    Vandalia
    Jaci Dawn Marie Litaker
    Vandalia
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    Calvin Taylor Ray Mazander
    Brownstown
    Cheyanne Nicole Swofford
    Brownstown
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    Benjamin Lee Gass

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael D. Gottfried, 51, El Paso, Texas, was arrested on Nov. 27 for driving 106 mph in a 55-mph zone. Bond was $2,000.
    • Crystal L. Snider, 29, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 26 on charges of driving while her license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.
    • Guadalupe Quintanilla, 35, Homestead, Fla., was arrested on Nov. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 29

  • Sarver's book recalls rural life in 1914-15

    Recently I have been reading a book written by Jess Sarver, titled, “As It Comes To Mind.” Initially published in 1976 by The Pana News-Palladium of Pana, a second printing was done in 1980. My copy is from the second run.
    This little book centers on Jess’s home in Carson Township, and the family, neighbors and friends who were all a part of his life while growing up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.