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Today's News

  • Community Calendar-Jan. 27, 2011

    Thursday, January 27
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.  All presenting donors will receive an Elvis-themed rock and roll T-shirt.

  • Denning happy with career switch

    Dave Denning was already firmly ensconced in a job he had worked at since graduating from high school, one he was steadfastly committed to, when he happened by a physical therapy room one day.
    He thought to himself, “I’d like to work at that.” Little did he know, or even dream,  that he would become a physical therapist, helping others strive for a more comfortable and active life, while also lifting their spirits.

  • Sample issue of The Leader-Union mailed out this week

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    Sending the paper to you is part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers.
    To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen putting up a fight

    The two St. Elmo aldermen who were taken off the April ballot recently by a municipal electoral board are appealing that board’s ruling in court.
    Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday miscellaneous remedy petitions in which they ask the court to reverse the electoral board’s decision and allow them to be placed on the ballot for this spring’s municipal election.

  • 'No trauma' to body found in Vandalia home on Saturday

    A Tower Hill man whose body was found in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening did not die from any type of physical injury, the Fayette County coroner said on Monday.
    An autopsy performed on the body of James Mundy on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham did not show “any trauma,” such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, Coroner Bruce Bowen said.

  • K of C breakfast this sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon this Sunday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center.

    The meal will include eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and drinks. The breakfast is open to the public.

    The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11; children under 5 eat free of charge.

  • VCHS post-prom cookout is Friday

    The post-prom parents group at Vandalia Community High School will hold a cookout in the VCHS lobby prior to this Friday's boys basketball games.

    The cookout begins at 5 p.m.

  • Brownstown to celebrate senior girls on Tuesday

    Brownstown High School will celebrate its senior girls basketball players on Tuesday instead of Thursday, as originally planned.

    That game is against Sandoval and begins at 6:15 p.m.

    The Lady Bombers have five seniors players.

  • Missing Tower Hill man found dead in Vandalia home

    A Tower Hill man who was reported missing last week was found dead in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported on Sunday that the body of James Mundy, 31, was found in a home in the 1900 block of Arrow Drive, and estimated that Mundy has been dead for about four days.

    Bowen said he arrived at the home at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, and pronounced Mundy dead at 8:30 p.m.

  • Area sports cancellations -- Friday, Jan. 21

    Tonight's boys basketball game between Mulberry Grove and St. Elmo (at Mulberry Grove) has been canceled. The game will be played Feb. 3.

    The Vandalia Junior High volleyball games at St. Elmo have been canceled.

    The Vandalia fifth- and sixth-grade home girls basketball games have been canceled.

    Tonight's Brownstown/Ramsey boys basketball game is canceled.