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Today's News

  • Potts family had tie to Daniel Boone

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union. Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of the easy ones.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois around 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.
    William B. Potts was born in Frankfort, Ky., in the year 1814, and came to Illinois in 1829 with his father Richard F. Potts, brother Jessie and sister Millie.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    This Saturday evening and throughout the night, local residents will walk around Rogier Park in Vandalia to raise money to fight cancer.
    The annual Relay for Life of Fayette County kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the walkers don’t stop until 5 a.m. Sunday.
    Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this year’s relay is operating under the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
    We applaud the dedication of the teams taking part in this year’s event, and we wish them well as they circle the park.

  • Marriage Licenses-June 2, 2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Thomas Brent Beesley
    Farina
    Lisa Marie Alexander
    Farina
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    Christopher David Whitehead
    Brownstown
    Jessica Nicole Ireland
    Brownstown
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    Chace Brayden Dolan
    Vandalia
    Justine May Smith
    Vandalia

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-June 2, 1011

    • Steven C. Conner, 44, 119 E. Division St., Brownstown, was arrested on May 31 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jennifer E. Beesley, 30, 319 W. North St., Brownstown, was arrested on May 30 on a charge of domestic battery. She was turned over to Illinois Department of Corrections authorities on a possible parole violation.
    • Brandi L. Smithson, 19, 917 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, was arrested on May 30 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 2

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program gets under way. The lunches will be available from 11-11:30 a.m. every Monday and Thursday through Aug. 18 at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., weather permitting.
    The pool hours for the season are: Saturday, 1-5 p.m. only and Sunday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. There must be at least 10 people present to open to pool on days or evenings with questionable weather.
    Admission is $4, and ages 4 and under are admitted free
    Those children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper (Little Swimmers). Diapers and rubber pants are not allowed, due to health concerns.

  • Vandalia Idol judges picked

    Judges for the inaugural Vandalia Idol competition held by Soroptimist International of Vandalia have been announced.
    • Neil Clark has been performing, singing and playing music for more than 60 years,and has served as a judge in several talent contests in the past.
    • Mike Register is the director of the Kaskaskia College choir, as well as a music and voice instructor at KC.

  • After being a POW, Filer came home to work

    Last week, 90-year-old Miles Filer shared his story about serving as a paratrooper in the 82nd Army Airborne Division; his jump over Normandy on D-Day; his capture by the Germans; and 11 months as a prisoner of war, nine of which he worked in a coal mine in Czechoslovakia, until the war was over.

    May 1945
    The war was over – Miles Filer was rescued from a POW camp, returned home after an honorable discharge and began life again as a civilian.

  • Honoring Our Veterans
  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to both raise funds for the fight against all cancers and honor those who have battled the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia.
    The 2011 Fayette County Relay for Life is again being held in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street.
    The event gets under way with survivor registration at 4:30 p.m., when the grounds open, and closes with a ceremony at 5 a.m. on Sunday.
    The American Cancer Society event will again feature a variety of activities, including a survivor walk, luminaria ceremony and a lap of silence.