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Today's News

  • Senior spotlight: Justin Hill

    In his past 17 matches, Vandalia senior Justin Hill has pinned 11 of his opponents.

    That’s expected from any senior who aspires to represent his team at the individual state meet in February.

    But the way the 125-pounder has pinned most those opponents was not exactly expected.

    At the St. Thomas More Challenge on Dec. 29 and 30, Hill successfully pinned five opponents in 41 seconds or less:

  • Downhill Racer

    Jake Stewart and his brothers, Garret and Bailey, took advantage of the snow dumped on the area in Monday's winter storm by sledding down the hill east of Jefferson Primary School in Vandalia on Tuesday morning.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Jan. 13, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Danny Rubin, Tim Schaal, Keith Ehrat and Susan Williams.
    Identifying them were: Don and Emily Ehrat, Marian Rubin, Charles and Iris Kruenegel, and Sherry Courson.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn hwo sedo otn dera odgo skobo sha on tagnavade revo eth nam how nac ton dare meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

  • Hand-delivered funeral cards once popular

    “The friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend…a funeral…”
    In the days before mass communication through radio, newspapers and telephone, hand-delivered funeral cards notified people of a death and upcoming funeral.
    These cards were printed at the local print shop, and styles varied throughout the years. In the early days, the language was flowery; later it became stark and to the point.

  • Tax hike not the answer

    On the final day of the lame-duck legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a tax increase that is truly lame.

  • Bingamans provide jukebox for RFD show

    “Larry’s Country Diner” is a popular television show on the cable network RFD, located in Nashville, Tenn. Fred and Connie Bingaman of Brownstown met the people of the show while on vacation in Branson, Mo., where the show was in production.
    The set of Larry’s Country Diner is, as the title indicates, a country diner with checkered tablecloths, matching curtains, and tables and chairs where the audience sits and is actually served food during the show.

  • Two FutureGen meetings this week

    Two meetings are being held in Fayette County this week to educate local landowners, community leaders and business representatives about the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.
    The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network will bring 900 jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 to suppliers across the state.
    The first community assessment/informational meeting in Fayette County will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Phillips Building in St. Elmo.

  • City may have found $97,000 error in budget

    In the process of going through this year’s budget line item by line item, city officials have discovered what they believe might have been a significant error in budget preparation.
    If it’s determined that there is, in fact, an error, the city may be able to cut its budget deficit by close to 50 percent.

  • 'I object'

    A third attempt to determine whether two candidates for alderman in St. Elmo can remain on the ballot was scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon.
    The first hearing of a St. Elmo municipal electoral board, held last Tuesday evening, was brief, as the two candidates – Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter – were given more time to challenge the objections filed on their nominating petitions.