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Today's News

  • Girls basketball camp

    Vandalia High School girls basketball coach Michelle McNary last week held a skills camp for girls in grades K-8.

  • Assistance available for flooding, tornadoes

    Crop and livestock farmers who have experienced damage from recent flooding or tornadoes are reminded that Farm Service Agency programs may be available to assist with their recovery.
    "Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many farmers," said Bruce Nelson, acting administer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. "Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step in the recovery process for producers."

  • Monster Racing

    The Monster Energy Sprint Car Series, a part of the Midwest Open Wheel Association, held a race at Fayette County Speedway last Friday night. Prior to the races, which were postponed due to rain, two cars were on display at Harmon's Market in Vandalia.

  • They're Baaaaaack!

    Cicadas emerged last week from their underground homes of the past 13 years and began their above-ground life cycle. The noisy insects inhabit wooded areas and the males can be heard "singing" to attract females. Their song has been described as a slow repetition of the word "pharaoh."

  • 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.