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Today's News

  • Jump for Joel Marathon raises nearly $7,500

    The second annual Jump for Joel Marathon was held Saturday in St. Elmo, with 46 participants either running, walking or biking all or part of the marathon to raise $6,447.

    A spaghetti dinner was held the night before at the First Church of God in St. Elmo. That event brought in $1,000, bringing the total amount raised to $7,447.

    The money generated by the two events will be used to provide two meals a week for the next 12 months to children in the Kabiria slum in Kenya, Africa. 

  • Ramsey baseball is building for future

    ST ELMO – With the season coming to a close on Thursday, the Ramsey High School baseball team has plenty to look forward to and plenty to put behind them.

    After graduating six seniors last season, Rams coach Mark Rinehart knew the fall season would be a long one, but his team has given him reason to believe in the future.

    “We’re young,” he said. “Hopefully, in a couple years they will have some experience, and we can put together a solid nucleus.”

  • Two of EIC's best battle

    ST. ELMO – The schedule read St. Elmo vs. Patoka, but had there been a marquee for Monday’s volleyball match, it would have read Megan Durbin vs. Paige Myers.

    Durbin and Myers, both seniors, are two of the strongest hitters in the Egyptian Illini Conference, and both coaches prepared accordingly.

    “We tried to get a block up (against Durbin),” Patoka coach Nicole Brubaker said. “We got a few of them, but not enough to pull it off.”

  • St. Elmo falls to Beecher for EIC fall baseball crown

    After stroking at least 10 hits in the first two games of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament, St. Elmo’s bats were shut down by top-seeded Beecher City’s Austin Miley during a 15-5 loss in the championship game last Thursday.

    Miley struck out eight Eagles in a six-inning, complete game effort, allowing only Ben Sperry, Connor Beasley and Woodsen Savage a total of four singles in the game.

  • Rushing attack gives Vandalia 200th win

    Two weeks ago, the Vandalia football team started well, scoring two quick touchdowns against Roxana, but then was blanked the rest of the game as the Shells scored 32 unanswered points.

    On Friday, the Vandals made sure that didn’t happen again. They hit hard early, put the pedal to the metal and never let up.

  • State Treasurer Candidate Visits Vandalia

    Dan Rutherford, a state senator from Pontiac who is the Republican candidate for state treasurer in November, stopped in Vandalia last week to visit with local residents. Rutherford, who is opposed by Democrat Robin Kelly and Green Party candidate Scott Summers, touted his 18 years as a state legislator as well as his experience  as a businessman. To Rutherford's left is state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

  • FOURGIVEN Quartet records CD in Tennessee

    Lawrence Brown, Dewayne Brown, Russ Stewart and Bob Culbertson traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to fill the request of their fans, to cut a CD of their music as the popular gospel group, the FOURGIVEN Quartet.
    They consented to share their experience, which proved to be even more unforgettable, sadly, by the fact that, due to the terrible onslaught of the recent storm, the area was flooded and homes and buildings ruined.

  • Candidates for April 5 election begin working

    While many candidates are in the home stretch of runs for public office this November, others are just beginning their efforts to win elected offices.
    Last Tuesday was the first day that individuals interested in running for positions to be filled on April 5 of next year could begin circulating nominating petitions.
    On the ballot next spring are full, four-year terms for half of the seats on local city councils and village boats, as well as seats on local school boards, park districts, library boards, community college boards and regional boards of school trustees.

  • Tish fails in attempt to dismiss suit

    A request by St. Elmo’s mayor to have a lawsuit filed by the city’s police chief he terminated has been rejected.
    Now, the suit filed against Larry Tish by Ken Thomason will continue with amended filings.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Tish’s motion seeking dismissal of the amended complaint filed by Thomason in July.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 30, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two young cousins, pictured in about 1935 grew up in the area. The girl now lives in Carbondale and the boy lives in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Clockwise, from upper left: Wilma Rook Kruger, Frank Rook Sr., Frank Rook Jr. and Mary Rook Gebke.
    Identifying them were: Norma Terry, Shirley Mattes, JoAnn Corry, Paul and Phyllis Sarver, Carolyn Grames and Karen Zimmerman.