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Today's News

  • Erin Schaub competes in Ironman competition

    A petite, slender, young woman bearing No. 268 crossed the finish line in the Ironman Triathlon in Louisville, Ky., after swimming 2.4 miles, riding a bicycle 104 miles and then running 26.2 miles in only 12 hours and 21 minutes.
    She crossed the finish line with a big smile on her face, and said she enjoyed the experience throughout the three phases of the competition.  

  • CO2 storage firm talks to county

    The Fayette County Board heard on Tuesday from a company that is interested in establishing carbon dioxide capture and storage operations in an area north of St. Elmo.
    JoAnn Givens, Vandalia’s director of economic development and tourism, introduced Martin Culik of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions to the county board.
    Culik said that his company has been in business for about two years, working toward the installation of injection wells to capture carbon dioxide from power plants burning clean coal.

  • Baker defense waits on psychiatric evaluation

    The attorney representing a youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home last month is receiving reports that he believes are necessary for a complete psychiatric evaluation of his client.
    In a brief hearing last Wednesday afternoon in Fayette County Circuit Court, Monroe McWard, the attorney for Clifford Baker, said that he has passed on to Dr. Frederick Krug of Nashville, the doctor performing the evaluation Baker's school and medical records.

  • County looks at furlough days

    Fayette County officials are hoping that they can have employees take furlough days as they address budget issues.
    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that he and other county officials are working on finalizing the county’s budget for the next fiscal year, “and it doesn’t look good.”
    Right now, he said, the budget has a $258,000 deficit.
    Knebel said that the board has asked the unions representing county employees to have each employee take 12 furlough days in the coming year.

  • Brady visits Vandalia

    With some polls showing that his lead was shrinking, or that he and his opponent are now dead even, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said last week in Vandalia that he doesn’t concern himself with those numbers.
    “The poll that we are most worried about is on Nov. 2,” Bill Brady said during a stop at the Statehouse.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 14, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These young women were pictured during a physical education class at Brownstown High School more than 60 years ago. Two now live in Vandalia, one in Beecher City and one in Freeport.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Gary Stine.
    Identifying her was: Charlotte Bone.
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  • The Way We Were-Oct. 14, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.

  • Edward Beck – a quiet, earnest man

    We hear a lot about Paul Beck, who with his son, Guy, are credited with being the first white settlers in Fayette County, entering the dense virgin forest as early as 1805.
    There is another Beck – John Beck – who deserves a moment in the spotlight of history. He was Paul’s younger brother, and also came to Illinois before statehood, settling in neighboring Montgomery County.

  • Attend forum next Tuesday

    With the political campaign season now in its final 20 days, candidates are crisscrossing the area with amazing regularity. It’s good to see them paying attention to our part of the state.
    Several high-profile Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, have made stops in Fayette County during the campaign season.
    Last Thursday, several statewide Republican candidates visited Vandalia. In attendance were gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville).

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton, 52, was southbound on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a motorcycle when he struck the back of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m.

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Vandalia Airport on Saturday evening.

    Bowen said Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights made a jump from about 6,500 feet, and his parachute failed to deploy.