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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 11, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys, pictured about 50 years ago, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left is now a doctor in Pennsylvania. The one on the right still lives in Vandalia and works at Graham Correctional Center.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
     

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Greg Stine.
    Identifying him was: No one.
     

  • Our nation's freedom is not free

    Ernest Thorp had two consuming passions when growing up on a farm outside Wapella – farming and flying. As a child of the Great Depression, he had plenty of opportunity to pursue both. Thorp was a college student at Illinois State University in 1941 when he earned his civilian pilot’s license. Two years later, he was training to fly B-17 Flying Fortresses.

  • Thanks, Veterans!

    It’s not likely that many of the students who last week donned yellow hard hats and stood in the shape of a ribbon really understood the mission of the men and women they were honoring.
    How could they comprehend international politics? What do they know of the horrors of war? How could they appreciate the sacrifices endured by our soldiers – both today and down through history?
    They can’t.

  • Plank road helped settlers cross bottoms

    History is ever unfolding.  
    Driving east on U.S. Route 140 toward Bluff City this past Wednesday, I was surprised and thrilled to see logs piled up near the bridge construction site along that road.
    The squared logs were reminiscent of the hewn logs that had formed the plank road across what was known as the Okaw Bottoms more than 150 years ago. The logs, harvested from the virgin forest and squared with a woodcutter’s ax, were laid crosswise over the road with planks over the top to fit the wagon wheels.

  • Marriage Licenses-Nov. 11, 2010

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Steven Charles Connor
    Brownstown
    Betty Ruth Bradley
    Brownstown

    Ryan Keith Henna
    Vandalia
    Kirstie Lynn Beck
    Vandalia

    Shawn David Givens
    Vandalia
    Erika Lynn Howard
    Vandalia

    Corey Brandon Tull
    Beecher City
    Lauren Elizabeth Bekis
    Bartlett, Tenn.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 11, 2010

    • Paul T. Stasiak, 53, 223 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Nov. 8 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and improper lane usage. Bond was $3,500.
    • Teresa M. Witt, 42, 1826 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 for failure to appear in court in a divorce case. Bond was $2,500.
    • Timothy A. Dunahee, 21, 517 N. Riverview Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 8 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $75,000.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, November 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia will hold a Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. at the Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia.
    ✔ 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.

  • Community memorial services is Sunday at 1 p.m.

    The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may, instead, be a time filled with pain and sadness.
    Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss – not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.
    Bereavement professionals working in hospice and palliative care understand how difficult this season can be.
    They support families coping with loss all year long.

  • 'Songs of the Civil War' is next Friday

    When you attend “Songs of the Civil War,” you may see a tall fellow with a slouch hat shading his eyes, with baggy pants and suspenders, and toting a guitar and banjo. Chances are you’ve run into Bob Welch.
    Welch performs songs of the Civil War period, singing and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo.
    “Songs of the Civil War – Lincoln and Liberty, Too” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall, located at Seventh and St. Clair streets in Vandalia.

  • VFW Auxiliary to hold chili cook-off

    The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 3862 of Vandalia held its monthly meeting on Oct. 18.
    The ladies discussed the upcoming chili cook-off to be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the post home. There is a sign-up sheet, and entry fee is $10, to be paid at registration.
    Entries will be open until noon on Nov. 13. All contestants will need to bring their chili in a Crock-Pot that holds at least 4 quarts.
    A discussion was held on the annual children’s Christmas party to be held in December.