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Today's News

  • Bond set at $2 million for teen charged with murder

    Bond was set at $2million on Thursday for a 15-year-old Farina male who was arrested on Wednesday for the murder of two Loogootee residents in their home

    At his first court appearance, Clifford W. Baker was formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel filed the charges just before Thursday's mid-morning hearing.

    He is charged with murdering John Michael Mahon, 60, and Debra J. Tish, 53.

  • Names of murder victims released

    The names of the two individuals who were murdered in their home early Wednesday morning have been released.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday evening that Debra J. Tish, 53, and John Michael Mahon, 60, died in their Loogootee home after being shot multiple times with a high-powered gun.

    Bowen pronounced Tish and Mahon dead at their home at 4:27 a.m. on Wednesday. Autopsies on the victims were performed on Wednesday at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings are pictured about 35 years ago. They grew up west of Vandalia. The girl on the left now lives about 60 miles west of here, is married and has four children. They boy in the middle and the girl on the right still live in the area. The boy is single and has one son. The girl is married and has two children.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Erma Joy Warner.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Jenner & Block, a Chicago law firm representing convicted murderer Stuart Heaton, filed a motion asking for the right to seek additional information it felt would help fight Heaton’s conviction and life imprisonment. Special prosecutor Don Sheafor was arguing that Jenner & Block should be disqualified because it was arguing Heaton was not adequately represented at trial, even though it waived that issue in appellate court.

  • Carrie Nation wielded ax against saloons

    Carrie Nation was a terror to the saloon owners in Kansas, and many fled before her ax.
    Carrie Amelia Moore was born on Nov. 25, 1846, in Garrard County, Ky., and married Dr. Charles Gloyd in 1867. Dr. Gloyd, a veteran of the Civil War was a drunkard, and died soon after their marriage.
    Ten years later, in 1877, she again tied the knot – this time with David Nation, a lawyer, minister and editor. In 1889, the couple moved to Medicine Lodge, Kan.

  • New & improved website unveiled

    If you have been a regular visitor to our website, www.leaderunion.com, you likely already know that we have unveiled a new and improved product.
    If you haven’t been a regular visitor, check it out.
    Our new website offers more content, is much more reader-friendly and allows more opportunities for you, our readers, to participate in our online version of The Leader-Union.

  • Arrest Log at Sheriff's Office-Aug. 4

    • Glenn M. Starnes, 25, RR 1, St• Angelia M. Willoughby, 39, Alton, was arrested on July 22 on a deceptive practices warrant. Bond was $2,000.
    • Tina D. Larson, 19, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on July 22 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.
    • Brandon D. Holliday, 22, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on July 22 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.

  • Crawdad Tournament
  • Buddy bass tournaments
  • Sports Briefs

    Junior tennis tourney at KC on Aug. 7-8

    Kaskaskia College will be hosting a tennis tournament on Aug. 7-8 at the KC tennis courts. The deadline for entries is Monday, Aug. 2. The tournament is for boys and girls age 12-18 years old.
    This tournament is an opportunity for players with limited or no previous tournament experience and those interested in playing high school tennis. However, competitive players may enter and will be given the opportunity to play peers with similar experience and skills.