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Today's News

  • Meyers still holding hands after 70 years

    Elvis and Maxine Meyer sit in their side-by-side recliner chairs every night and watch television. ”And we still hold hands sitting there,” Maxine said, grinning.  
    “A lot of times, when we pass, we steal a kiss in passing,” Elvis said, chuckling.
    Both seem active, in comparably good health and very happy, contented and cozy in their pleasant little rural home, which is located on his family’s old home place. Their pets are their treasured companions.    

  • Chamber, Main Street agree to remain independent

    After several weeks of discussing how they might benefit from merging or sharing resources, leaders of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and Vandalia Main Street have decided to remain independent organizations.
    To complicate the situation, Dana Whiteman, who serves as the executive director of Main Street as well as the vice president of the chamber, was elevated to the presidency of the chamber after the sitting president, Shaun Murray, resigned on Monday.

  • Survey projects good yields

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee held its annual crop survey earlier than usual, and the number of people conducting that survey was about half of what it was last year.
    The biggest reason for that drop in survey participants was that many who usually help estimate corn and soybean yields were in their fields harvesting their corn crop.

  • FAYCO takes on recycling

    A local agency has worked in the past year with a committee of citizens interested to come up with ways to increase recycling opportunities for area residents.
    FAYCO Enterprises has now stepped forward to make recycling available on almost a daily basis.
    It was right at a year ago that the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with the newly formed Fayette County Recycling Committee, began accepting recyclable items for four hours on the second Saturday of each month, as well as taking electronic recyclables on Wednesday afternoons.

  • Elijah Lovejoy martyred for freedom of press

    Elijah Parrish Lovejoy was born in Albion, Maine, in 1802, and died at the hands of an angry mob in Alton on Nov. 7, 1837.
    An editor and Presbyterian clergyman, Lovejoy was outspoken on the subject of slavery. He preached abolition through the pulpit and through the pages of the newspapers he edited.
    Elijah received his license to preach in 1832, and was ordained as an evangelist two years later. At this time, it was fairly new doctrine to condemn slavery, along with whiskey drinking and gambling.

  • Harvest safety is no accident

    Though it seems too early to talk about harvest, the reality is that much of this year’s corn crop is ready and some farmers are already heading to the fields.
    That means it’s time to renew our awareness of safety practices during the harvest season – both in the fields and on the roads.
    The Illinois State Police this week issued a reminder to motorists that they’ll once again be sharing the roadways with farm machinery.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 2, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Historical Vandalia Inc., the operator of the Fayette County Museum, started selling engraved bricks, which will be placed in walkways around the museum.
    According to an Illinois State Police report, crime was down in Fayette County in 1994. The total crime was 257, down from 314 in 1993.
    Gene and Marette Durbin of Ramsey were planning to celebrate their golden anniversary, and Robert and Eileen Osborne of Vandalia were to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 2, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 50 years ago, grew up east of Vandalia. She was the owner of a downtown Vandalia business for several years. She recently celebrated a special birthday.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week. More photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht amn how swive het dwolr ta tyfif eth mesa yaw eh idd ta tynewt sha dawtse tyriht sraye fo feli.

  • Bell FG lifts Vandals to win in opener

    Daniel Bell's field goal with four seconds left lifted Vandalia over East Alton-Wood River in the Vandals' opener on Friday night.

    But the 24-21 victory wouldn't be secured until an EAWR receiver who caught a hail mary pass was stopped just feet from the goal line.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Come-from-behind win gives Patoka title at Ramsey

    Patoka overcame a five-run deficit to top Brownstown and win the championship at the Ramsey Tournament on Thursday.

    Down 5-0 after three innings, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth inning and four times in the fifth to record a 6-5 win.

    In the other tournament contest, Mulberry Grove and Ramsey played to a 6-6 tie.

    For more, see next Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.