Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two brothers, pictured in 1949, both served in the military and later both became doctors.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A fire that apparently started in the kitchen area destroyed the home of the David Smith family in Vandalia.
    The Leader-Union placed third in the annual advertising and marketing contest sponsored by the Illinois Press Association.
    Sandra Leidner won six of nine precincts to become the first woman elected mayor of Vandalia.
    Betty Anne and Duane Luallen of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary .

  • Depew family cemetery finally located

    On Sept. 15, 1995, with my sons, Aaron and Ethan, I accompanied the late Agnes Grubaugh on a cemetery hunt. We were looking for the burial ground of Agnes’ ancestors, John and Mary Seagraves Depew, who settled in Fayette County around 1821.

  • Departure of Graham a test of our fortitude

    In spite of months of intense efforts by local officials and business representatives, Graham Packaging announced this week its plan to close its plant in Vandalia. The closure will be effective in July.
    That decision leaves 126 hourly employees and 12 salaried employees – along with 77 hourly employees who are currently on layoff – without jobs. And it puts a giant dent in the Vandalia economy, as the buying power of those 215 families is diminished.

  • Schutz keeps Burtschi Brothers traditions alive

    As we have continued our visits along the main street of Vandalia, we have focused on the new stores and businesses and the services they offer.

  • Spring Storm

    A spring storm on Saturday evening hit hardest in the southeast part of Fayette County.

    Some of the most significant damage was at the home of Pete and Pam LeDuc in the Augsburg area (first photo). A large evergreen tree was felled, leaving a large hole in the roof and breaking out a large window in the front of their home. Also in that area, Wilberton Township employee Keith Cole was called out to plow roads covered with hail (second photo).

  • Teen murderer allowed to remain in juvenile facility

    A judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen who murdered a neighbor couple while they slept in their home will remain in the state’s juvenile corrections system for the time being.
    Judge Michael McHaney filed that ruling in the Clifford W. Baker case on Monday, three days after hearing arguments related to Baker’s possible transfer to the state’s adult corrections system.
    Baker will now become eligible for transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections when he turns 18 in December.

  • Graham plant closing

    Vandalia’s mayor learned on Tuesday morning that Graham Packaging plans to close its local plant later this year, which will result in the loss of about 200 jobs.

  • Frogtown News

    Divo and Pam Noschese of St. Peter are the parents of a son, Giovanni Dominic, born on April 24, 2012.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He has a sister, Isabella, age 3.
    Grandparents are Rick and Ellen Dorr, and Mary Ellen Noschese.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 192.
    The organist was Scott Gercken. Acolyte was Eric Fortman.
    Elders were Charlie Wachholz and Kevin Wodtka.
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  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Nature’s Critter’s “Sound(s) of Music”
    The melodic sounds of the wild birds have been so prevalent over other sounds, even over the I-70 road traffic, and we have enjoyed them so much. This weekend, as we worked outside, we noticed more little creatures joining the chorus