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Today's News

  • Community Calendar-March 24, 2011

    Thursday, March 24

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ The St. Elmo School District will hold an informational meeting on the county school facility sales tax at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

  • Rotary Blood Drive Challenge

    The Vandalia Rotary Club is challenging First Baptist Church of Vandalia to see which group can produce the most blood donors in this Tuesday’s blood drive. The winning group receives a $200 prize, provided this month by Midland States Bank. If it wins, the Rotary Club, represented by president Kevin Childers, right, will give the prize money to Relay for Life, while the church, represented by the Rev. Robert Weaver, left, will give the prize money to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. The blood drive is scheduled for next Tuesday from noon-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • South Central softball canceled

    Poor field conditions in Altamont have forced Thursday night's softball game between Altamont and South Central to be canceled.

    As of this time, no makeup date has been scheduled.

  • St. Elmo loses area's first baseball game of spring

    After the first scheduled spring baseball games were canceled on Tuesday, St. Elmo kicked off the area season at Shelbyville on Wednesday.

    The Eagles were one-hit by the Rams in a 15-1 loss.

    Freshman Levi Maxey recorded the hit, and senior Kase Stolte suffered the loss for St. Elmo.

    The Eagles play at Christ Our Rock this afternoon.

  • New Judge Marc Kelly takes oath of office

    Marc Kelly, a native of Vandalia who has been practicing law with the local firm of Burnside, Johnston, Sheafor and Kelly, became the newest judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. A photo slideshow from the ceremony is available at www.leaderunion.com.

  • HMG presents plans for more downtown improvements

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle presents plans for more downtown streetscape improvements during a meeting on Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.

    The plans for which street are shown here? See next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 17, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1983, shows four Ramsey High School students – two of whom were graduates that year. The ones on the far left and far right still live in the Ramsey area. The one second from the left lives in Vandalia and the one second from the right lives in rural Bingham.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-March 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Bob Bowen, chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office since 1991, submitted his resignation. He had taken a job with Bowen Cabinet & Appliances.
    The Greater Brownstown Park District and Brownstown Village Board began pursuing the idea of building a nine-hole, par-3 golf course in the community.
    Arthur and Irene Dial were making plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Also planning to celebrate a golden anniversary were the Rev. Dale and Valeria Diveley.

  • Accountability in government depends on existence of strong Sunshine laws

    By David Porter
    Let’s face it. The government really doesn’t want you, the taxpayer, knowing what it’s doing with your money. It really doesn’t.

  • Sunshine Week promotes more open government

    Nearly a century ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis stated that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
    Though he was referring to the need for scrutiny into the corruption that was prevalent in the large business monopolies of that time, his sunlight reference has been adopted in recent years by the media and others concerned about the need for the sun to shine into the workings of our government.