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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Monday, Feb. 14 – Baked ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, pears, cookie, whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, Feb. 15 – Taco salsa w/taco sauce, tortilla chips, meat and beans, lettuce, tomato, onions, shredded cheese, strawberries and bananas.
    Wednesday, Feb. 16 – Creamy baked chicken, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit for salad, biscuit, birthday cake.
    Thursday, Feb. 17 – White bean chili, tuna salad sandwich, fresh tomatoes, peach crisp, crackers.

  • Birthday Open House

    Betty Rubin
    Betty Rubin of St. Peter will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her children from 1:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    All friends and family are invited to attend. She requests no gifts.
     

  • Births

    Jasper Alexander Perry
    Ally Perry of Vandalia is the parent of a boy born at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was named Jasper Alexander.
    Grandparents are Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Jane Hall and Betty and Art Perry, all of Vandalia.

    Harrison Ryan Lash

  • Past Master's Apron

    Tim McMillan, left, receives his past master's apron from Winfred "Bud" Morrison for his service as worshipful master of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. in Vandalia in 2010.

  • Austin – 50 Years

    Steve and Gloria Austin of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Crawford – 40 Years

    Steve and Donna Crawford of South Carolina, and formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 30.
    Steve and the former Donna Smith were married on Jan. 30, 1971, at the former Second Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    They lived in Vandalia for 17 years,  moved to Florida and then on to South Carolina in 1991.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Stacey and her husband Brian Hoff, and Kristin and her husband Todd Karraker.
    They have six grandchildren: Shayla, Joshua, Alex, Austin, Seth and Alexis.