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Today's News

  • sheriff's arrest log-july 21, 2011

    • Marlon E. Cooper, 59, Dupo, was arrested on July 18 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane usage. Bond was $5,000.
    • Omar N. Garcia, 25, Columbus, Ohio, was arrested on July 18 on a charge of driving without a valid license and lights/lamps violation. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar-July 21, 2011

    Thursday, July 21

    ✔ The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday. The flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, and residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.

  • SmartSource coupons back in The L-U

    Beginning with this issue, the popular SmartSouce coupons will return to The Leader-Union.
    Each week thereafter, coupons valued at more than $100 will be inserted in the paper.
    Many subscribers will find that they can recoup the cost of The Leader-Union annual subscription in just one week of savings from manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons.
    The Leader-Union is recognized as the leading source of news and advertising information in Fayette County, and now it’s also the leader in money-saving coupons.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 21, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 60 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, one of 15 children in his family. He worked at a local factory, has three daughters and now lives in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-July 21, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.

  • 'Wagon-Tongue' Adams led Vandalia team

    In 1981, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper ran a series of old photos submitted by their readers.

  • Give your input on bypass routes

    As the project to determine an Ill. Route 51 bypasses around area communities continues to creep along, the public once again has an opportunity to see the progress and offer input.
    The first of the local meetings was held Tuesday in Ramsey. Additional meetings are planned next week in Patoka (Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center) and in Vandalia (Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at  Mother of Dolors Parish Center).

  • Man charged with setting house on fire

    A Vandalia man has been charged with setting the fire that caused substantial damage to a vacant home late Thursday evening.

  • News Briefs

    Habitat Store to collect donations

    Beginning on Aug. 1, the Habitat Store, located at 418 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will begin accepting donations of clean clothing, jewelry, household items, small appliances, small pieces of furniture and knick-knacks.
    All profits from the store, formerly known as Nice Twice, will benefit Fayette County Habitat for Humanity, with all funds staying in the county.
    Donations will be accepted at the door in the alley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Plaque winners at Ford Show announced

    Jim Staff, Vandalia, first place
    Pete Burnam, Vandalia, first place
    Jackie Warner, Vandalia, third place
    Richard Pollard, Salem, second place
    Charles Harris, Ramsey, first place
    Charles Philpot, Vandalia, third place
    Bob Maxedon, Sullivan, second place
    Rick and Christy Strange, Tamaroa, first place
    Bill Rowe, Eureka, Mo., first place
    Levi Carrol, Ramsey, second place
    Aaron Lay, Vandalia, third place
    Brandon Kraft, Thompsonville, second place
    Terry and Lisa Robbins, Vandalia, first place