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Today's News

  • New staffers at Serenity

    Connie Edgar, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Serenity Spa of Vandalia, recently announced the addition of two new staff members at the spa.
    The first newcomer is Vandalia native Ashley Metzger Miller, a licensed esthetician, who was trained at New Image Technical Center in O’Fallon. Though she’s been doing facials for two years, she has been at Serenity since late November.
    She uses Bio Elements skin care products to do facials and waxing.

  • Lions honor FCH for corneal donors

    The Heartland Lions Eye Banks recently recognized Fayette County Hospital for its efforts to promote eye donations.
    Because of the hospital staff's efforts, three eye donors provided tissue for three sight-saving corneal transplants during 2010.
    Last year, more than 2,800 people suffering from an ocular disease, disorder or injury received a cornea transplant through Heartland Lions Eye Banks.
    Those donations are being praised during March, which is National Eye Donor Month.

  • Rotary Club to select two students for RYLA

    Each year, the Vandalia Rotary Club selects two Vandalia High School sophomores to receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to attend the weekend RYLA Camp and participate in the leadership and outdoors adventure team-building program.
    The RYLA sophomore weekend is the first part of a three-year Rotary youth leadership program. RYLA winners will be invited to return for additional leadership training in their junior and senior years.

  • Home & Garden Show

    Several hundred people attended the recent Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with The Leader-Union and WPMB-WKRV radio. In the first photo, Mark Abendroth of R.P. Lumber (right) and one of his window suppliers talk with Diane Torbeck. In the second photo, chamber President Dana Whiteman presents an iPad to Kelvin Stewart of Hillsboro after his name was selected in a drawing for the device. In the third photo, Brian Smith of Behrends Sales & Service of Vandalia shows a customer the mowers he had on display at the show.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Sun Is Shining And Bluebells Are Up!
    …and it is officially spring (today anyway) and the computer is in the house.
    One of our official reporters, DeDe Diveley, who gives us the weekly river bottom report, reported seeing a baby red fox this week, running along as if something was after it.
    The “girls” (Anita, Blackie and Fuzzy, chickens) are really enjoying bugging, picking and scratching. They sing to us a lot and are keeping us in nice, large eggs. Sometimes there will be four in the pen. We’ve never figured that out yet.

  • Frogtown News

    Birth
    Jamie and Emily Lotz of Effingham are the parents of a daughter, Aleece Marie, born on March 14, 2011. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. She is welcomed home by her brothers, Andrew, age 4, and Evan, age 2. Grandparents are Larry and Bev Lotz of St. Peter, and Jim and Rosie Gibbons of Edgewood.
    St. Peter Auxiliary
    The St. Peter American Legion Post #380 and the Auxiliary met on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. for their annual birthday supper.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, March 24
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Friday, March 25
    • Prairieland Pickers will perform at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care at 1300 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
    • Prairieland Pickets will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Tremont Ridge Assisted Living at 1200 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
    Saturday, March 26
    • Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon. Winter clothes sell for a $1 a bag.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 24, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 65 years ago in Hawaii, shows two local servicemen who later returned to the area to farm. One moved south of Greenville in 1953 and the other lives in the Bluff City area.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Blackburn, Jack Wright, Jeff Hoffman and Steven Smith.
    Identifying them were: Karen Washburn, Diane Blackburn, Peggy Hunt, Caryn Leigh and Jim Cole.

  • Dr. H.S. Short practiced for 45 years

    Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to obtain copies of several early photos of the village of Fillmore, just over the line in Montgomery County.  
    Recently, while showing these photographs to a friend, I stopped at the one of Dr. H.S. Short. Whoever took the pictures was kind enough to identify them as well.  Written on the reverse of Dr. Short’s photo is the phrase, "H.S. Short, 45 years in practice."

  • Campaign sign thefts criminal

    In at least one way, unfortunately, it’s a typical election season. Campaign signs are popping up … and then, they’re disappearing.
    At least that’s the case in St. Elmo, where more than 30 campaign signs have reportedly been stolen.
    It’s unfortunate that we again have to remind people that removing campaign signs, as long as they are placed legally, is not only morally wrong, but also a criminal offense.