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Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Brownstown-Sefton
    Smoky, the Little Donkey…
    …is wanting attention. His pen is running alongside the bluebell patch, and when I went out to pick some Bluebells for our HCE Board meeting, he came running to the fence to be petted.
    After petting his ears for a few minutes, and continuing with my mission, I started back up the path and he ran along side me. Lady, the mini-mare, nickered at me, wanting a treat.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, March 28
    • The Grandparent breakfast for grades 4-6 will be held at the St. Elmo Elementary School.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. The activity is to make Easter Bags for the nursing home.
    Thursday, March 29
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • Fayette County Leader’s Council, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Fayette Water Co. meeting, 7 p.m., Avena Town Hall.
    Saturday, March 31

  • Kaskaskia College News

    Intro to the Internet class
    The Kaskaskia College Office of Continuing/Community Education an introduction to the Internet class at the Vandalia Center on Saturdays, April 14 and 21, from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    The registration number is LLI 7025 VA01W.
    This basic class is designed to familiarize one with how to use e-mail, establishing free e-mail accounts and how to use the Internet for learning, shopping and business.
    The cost for this course is $48; students over 60 may register at no cost.

  • Vandalia Police

    March 28
    • An officer responded at 12:42 p.m. to a complaint of a dog running loose in the 100 block of North Hudson Street. An officer left an ordinance warning at a residence in that block.
    • An officer responded at 1:23 p.m. to Vandalia Junior High School for a report of a fight. A juvenile was issued a ticket for fighting at school.
    • Officers responded at 3:48 p.m. to a report of a suicidal individual at Travelodge. A male individual was taken by ambulance to Fayette County Hospital for treatment.

  • Olympian Visits BES

    Lance Brooks, a New Berlin High School graduate who is working his way to the summer Olympics this summer, visited with Brownstown Elementary School students last Wednesday.

    He is third in the USA and among the top 24 in the world at throwing the discus. Students were allowed to purchase T-shirts and have them signed by him to help support his journey to the Olympics. He is shown signing the shirt of fifth-grader Dalton Grames.

  • News Briefs

    Cleanup day in Farina planned

    The village of Farina is gearing up for a spring cleanup day in the community, with the main focus being picking up litter along the highway and streets, and in the village parks.
    Volunteers will be asked to meet at the city park on U.S. Route 57. Volunteers will be needed to walk cleanup routes, man staging areas and dispense water.
    The village will provide trash bags and drinking water.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Front: Connie Torbeck. Middle (from left): Kathy (Malone) Wernz, Carol Ann Torbeck, Sheila (Allen) Quick, Pam Torbeck, Debbie (Harre) Gibson and Gloria Torbeck. Back: Angela (Torbeck) Clark.
    Identifying them was: No one.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – As last week’s temperatures dipped below freezing, swelling peach buds – caught off guard by the unseasonably warm weather during most of March – succumbed to the harsh cold.
    The trial for a Bluff City man, Stuart Wayne Heaton, charged with the stabbing murder of a Ramsey girl, Krystal Lynn Naab, was scheduled to begin next week.
    An ammonia feed system is now removing an unhealthy byproduct from the city’s water supply.

  • Our sports facilities are second to none

    As the spring sports seasons get under way, one thing will be apparent to anyone who attends baseball, softball or track contests in Vandalia.
    That one thing is that Vandalia now has some of the best facilities in the area. It's notable because not long ago, all three of those facilities were among the worst that Vandal athletes encountered during their season.

  • Maddox House was social center of town

    The Maddox House on Gallatin Street was a social center of capital-era Vandalia,  and was known far and wide as one of the best hotels in the state.