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Today's News

  • Morale soared with 'Captain Sam'

    Capt. Sam Houston was an honored member of Co. I, Fourth Infantry, of the Illinois National Guard, joining the unit in 1898 at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war.
    Lest I confuse someone, I’m talking about a golden eagle who served as the mascot for Fayette County’s local National Guard company.
    According to Major E.P. Clayton, one of the commanders of Co. I, “Captain Sam” was captured four miles south of Vandalia by Frank Williams in April 1898 and sold to Martin F. Houston.

  • Storm a wake-up call to get ready

    The storm that roared through Fayette County on Sunday night and early Monday morning should serve as a wake-up call that the spring storm season is upon us.
    Though no injuries or fatalities were reported, this week’s storm did cause significant property damage in a variety of locations throughout the county. Some appeared to be straight-line wind damage, others had some of the characteristics of tornado winds.

  • FCHD open house is Tuesday

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.
    A special section produced by The Leader-Union about the move is included with this issue of the newspaper.

     

  • Yakel turns de-cluttering work into a job

    March 8 is National Organize Your Home Office Day, and the third week of March is National Clutter Awareness Week.
    Louella Yakel refers to herself as “The De-clutter Gal,” as she has a business that specializing in helping others de-clutter their homes, thereby their environment and their lives.
    “I think I was born with the organizing gene,” she said. “I can remember as a little girl  cleaning out the desk drawers for my dad. He really appreciated it.”

  • City cuts $$$ from budget

    Working together, Vandalia’s mayor, aldermen and department heads have trimmed about $170,000 from this year’s budget.
    The Vandalia City Council at last week’s meeting approved minutes from committee meetings in January, during which city officials worked with department heads in fine-tuning spending figures in the various city funds.
    The committee meetings were held as part of the city’s effort to address a deficit of about $220,000 in this year’s budget.
    The cutbacks in the various funds include:

  • Fayette hardest hit by Monday storm

    A storm that moved through Fayette County early Monday morning left widespread damage and electrical outages.
    In fact, Fayette County was hit harder than any other Southern Illinois county, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler.
    Koehler was wrapping up on Monday afternoon his assessment of that storm, which moved through the area shortly after midnight and may have included at least one tornado.

  • Fayette loses out on FutureGen 2.0

    The company proposing the development of land in Fayette County for carbon dioxide storage is “a little disappointed” that the Loudon oil field area wasn’t chosen for the FutureGen 2.0 project.
    But the senior project manager of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions said on Wednesday that the firm will move forward with the development of the Loudon oil field area.

  • Area Boys Basketball Scoring Leaders (March 3)
  • Harter advances in 3-point shootout
  • Vandal wrestlers swallow tough loss at state

    BLOOMINGTON – It was a shame either team had to lose.

    Vandalia and Prairie Central engaged in a chess match during the first round of Saturday’s Illinois High School Association Dual Team Wrestling Tournament at U.S. Cellular Arena, altering their lineups to match each other’s strengths.

    The end result?

    A hard-fought 32-31 win for the Hawks, and a gut-wrenching early exit for the Vandals that left some of their toughest wrestlers consoling each other in the hallway leading out of the arena.