Today's News

  • Leader-Union wins seven awards in SIEA contest

    The Leader-Union received seven awards for news, photography and advertising excellence in a recent contest sponsored by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association.
    The results were announced at the association’s annual meeting on April 27 at Giant City State Park in Makanda. The Leader-Union competed against all large weekly papers in the southern half of Illinois.
    In each category, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention. All prizes were for entries published in 2011.

  • Real Living VRE receives GGAR awards

    Five  realtors from Real Living Vandalia Real Estate were recognized for their performance in 2011 at a recent awards reception hosted by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors.

  • FCH receives IDPH grant to fund project

    Fayette County Hospital has  been awarded a grant for $356,470 from the  Illinois Department of Public Health for the purchase of digital mammography and C-arm radiology equipment.
    The hospital, through its Friends & Families Foundation, has been raising funds for about  a year in order to purchase the new technology, especially digital mammography.
    In November 2011, the hospital applied for a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health to assist with the fund-raising efforts.

  • School Menus

    Monday, May 14 – Waffles w/syrup.   
    Tuesday, May 15 – Blueberry breakfast on a stick.
    Wednesday, May 16 – Breakfast pizza.
    Thursday, May 17 – Cook’s choice.   
    •Milk and juice or fruit offered daily.
    Monday, May 14 – Cheeseburger on bun, potatoes, golden corn, fruit and milk.    
    Tuesday, May 15 – Fish, mac and cheese, fruit, bread and milk.

  • Golden Circle

    Thursday, May 10 – Pork loin w/cranberry sauce, baked potato, layered salad, roll, pie & ice cream.
    Friday, May 11 – Chili, cole slaw, peaches, crackers, cinnamon roll.
    Monday, May 14 – Salmon patty, scalloped potatoes, peas, cinnamon applesauce, whole grain bread.
    Tuesday, May 15 – Turkey w/dressing, lima beans, ambrosia, whole grain roll.
    Wednesday, May 16 – Barbecue ribette on bun, mac & cheese, baked beans, birthday cake.

  • Birthdays

    Betty Yarbrough
    A surprise party for Betty Yarbrough's 90th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia.

  • Church Briefs

    Still time to help with summer lunches

    If you were unable to attend Wednesday's volunteer meeting for the Summer Lunches for Kids program, there's still time to sign up to help.
    Those who wish to volunteer for or donate to the program but were unable to attend the meeting are asked to call Pat Rhodes, 283-5372, or Northside Christian Church, 283-1970.
    The mission of the program is to provide children with free and nutritious lunches during the summer months.

  • Prayer breakfast caps local 'week of prayer'

    As the culmination of a five-day “week of prayer,” the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance last Thursday sponsored a prayer breakfast at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home.

  • Evergreen Outreach

    By Karen Redfern
    What a great crowd was in attendance at Wesley Hall for Evergreen Outreach on Monday.
    We were entertained by the beautiful music played by Pam Childers. Some of her tunes included: “You Are My Sunshine,” “Oh, My Darling Clementine,” “Home On the Range” and “I’ve Been Working On the Railroad.”

  • Some reflections from the Bible for Mother's Day

    My parents guided me to good table manners: “Don’t talk with your mouth full” and “Use your spoon, not your fingers for the peas.”