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Today's News

  • New Parkview pastor a 'second career guy'

    Though John Glennon classifies himself as a “second-career guy” when it comes to his calling as a minister, his enthusiasm for his work is second-to-none.
    The new minister at Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia has indeed taken a circuitous route to his work in the ministry – earning a mortuary science degree and then working as a manufacturing engineer before feeling the call to the ministry.
    But it wasn’t a smooth ride.

  • Believers must be able to state beliefs precisely

    By Rev. Olen Evans, First Baptist Church, Brownstown

  • Frogtown News-Aug 19, 2010

    By Belinda Harpster

  • Brownstown-Sefton News--Aug. 19, 2010

    By Panzi Blackwell

  • St. Elmo News-Aug, 19, 2010

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured about 55 years ago, all grew up in Vandalia. The girl on the left was an Army wife and now lives in Lebanon, the girl in the center has been a familiar face around Fayette County Hospital and the boy on the right deals in antiques.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Larry Peyton.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held for an addition to Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.
    The Vandalia Police Department received a $6,664 federal COPS MORE grant. The department was to buy up to six cages for squad cars.
    Ralston Edwards, a community leader and grocer in Vandalia for more than 60 years, died at the age of 82.
    Ann Schwarm of Loogootee was appointed coordinator of educational services for the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

  • Notable houses also lined Gasoline Alley

    In April 1933, a former Vandalia resident, Jeff Freeman, visited his old hometown and sat down with the editor of The Vandalia Union newspaper to reminiscence about the businesses that lined Gallatin Street during his boyhood in the late 1870s and 1880s.
    “The famous National Old Trails Road on Vandalia’s leading street was just a sea of mud in which horses and wagons bogged down and citizens feared to cross 50 years ago.

  • School budgets getting squeezed by state's crisis

    Though the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis has impacted nearly every citizen, business and organization operating in the state, it has come home to roost visibly this time of year for Illinois school districts.
    All across the state, school boards and administrators are launching into a new school year with absolutely no idea of how they’re going to keep their schools operating.

  • Fayette County Sheriff's Arrest Log-Aug 18

    • Ryan J. Standley, 24, Herrick, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving an all-terrain vehicle on a roadway. Bond was $3,500.
    • Billie R. Heckler, 40, 101 School St., Mulberry Grove, was arrested on Aug. 17 for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $3,500.
    • Seth A. Schukar, 23, RR 1, Shobonier, was arrested on Aug. 16 on an alleged probation violation/revocation. Bond was $10,000.