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Today's News

  • Puleo gives family gift to mother

    As February is traditionally the month for expressions of love, Wanda Puleo’s labor of love,  a gift  to her mother, seemed to be an appropriate valentine story this week.
    Meet Wanda Puleo and her extraordinary 100-year-old mother.
    As the 100th birthday of Wanda Puleo’s mother, Ethel Pittman, approached, Wanda wanted to give a special, meaningful, gift to a very special, alert, mentally active and up-to-date lady.

  • Lincoln Remembered

  • FutureGen 2.0 & CO2 storage

    Anytime now, Vandalia and Fayette County officials are likely to find out whether the team they are part of has been selected for the underground storage of carbon dioxide.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have joined with Bloomington-based Willow Grove Carbon Solutions in presenting an application that proposes the storage of carbon dioxide coming from a FutureGen 2.0 plant in Meredosia in the Loudon area north of St. Elmo.
    Also in the running are Christian, Douglas and Morgan counties.

  • Judge to consider suppression of teen's statements in murder case

    At the conclusion of a six-hour hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that he will take some time to consider whether statements made by a Loogootee teen charged with fatally shooting two of his neighbors should be suppressed.
    That hearing included the playing of a video interview during which 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker admitted to shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish several hours earlier.

  • Ruling knocks 2 off St. Elmo ballot

    If Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter wish to run for re-election in St. Elmo this spring, they will have to do so as write-in candidates.
    That’s because a judge has affirmed the decision by a St. Elmo electoral board to remove the two incumbent aldermen from the April 5 ballot.
    In a written ruling filed on Monday, Judge Ericka Sanders said, “While there are other terms to describe the unfortunate error that affected the petitioners (Carson and Porter) – unfair, perhaps – ‘injustice’ is not one of them.”

  • Judge affirms St. Elmo electoral board ruling

    A judge has affirmed the ruling of the St. Elmo Electoral Board that removed two candidates for alderman from the April ballot.

    Judge Ericka Sanders issued her ruling on Monday, two days after hearing arguments in the case.

    That ruling upholds the electoral board's decision to remove incumbent aldermen Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson from the ballot. The electoral board ruled in favor of objections to their petitions filed by Rita Davis and Lyle Haslett.

    More on this story will appear in this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Live updates from Saturday's wrestling sectional

    Check back throughout the morning and afternoon to get results from the wrestling sectional tournament being held at Vandalia Community High School today. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m. with the finals starting around 2 p.m.

    You can also get highlights through the Leader-Union Sports Facebook page by clicking here.

    10:20 a.m. Freshman Tyler Dagen won his opening match in the consolation bracket by fall at 1:21. 

  • Judge hopes to issue ruling in St. Elmo case by Monday

    A judge announced at the close of a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday that she hoped to issue a ruling in the St. Elmo election case by Monday.

    The hearing was held on requests by aldermanic candidates Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson to have a ruling by a St. Elmo electoral board overturned. That electoral board upheld objections to the two candidates' petitions filed by Rita Davis and Lyle Haslett.

    Details will be given as the ruling is issued, and in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Ramsey Junior High boys advance to state tournament

    ST. ELMO -- Under the direction of first-year coach Matt Belusko, the Ramsey Junior High eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the Class 2A State Tournament by defeating Okaw Valley, 39-35, in overtime Thursday night.

    The Rams (15-7) will meet Normal Metcalf Junior High (17-8) on Saturday at Mt. Pulaski Grade School (see map below) at 1 p.m. The state championship game is next Thursday.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Jan. 27 at noon for their meeting and luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    There were two guests and 20 members present for the meeting. Guests present were Jane Hammond and Sandy Dawes. The pledge to the flag was given,  followed by the meal prayer by Vera Miller.
    After the meal, the meeting was opened with a welcome. The secretary/treasurer reports for November were read and approved. Birthdays and anniversaries for December and January were read.