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Today's News

  • College Achievements

    St. Louis College of Pharmacy
    Katie L. Ochs of Vandalia has been named to the dean’s list with honors for the spring 2010 semester at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
    To make the dean’s list with honors, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.
     Ochs is the daughter of Vince and Cathy Ochs and is a 2005 graduate of Vienna High School.
     Founded in 1864, STLCOP is the oldest college of pharmacy west of the Mississippi River.

  • Teen injured when truck collides with train

    A Vandalia teen sustained serious injuries on Saturday when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Nathaniel C. Henna, 16, was northbound on County Road 1050 East when he drove upon a rail crossing and was struck by a northbound train owned by CSX Railroad Transportation Co.
    The crash caused damage to the left front portion of the train and to the entire front portion of the truck driven by Henna.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School dates set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students needing assistance, has set the dates for supplies pickup:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 14 – 9 a.m.-noon.

    Vandalia Rehab holds supply drive

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Gerold Lee Wimberly
    Centralia
    Lora Lynn Crawford
    Vandalia
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    Quentin Ray Moore
    Farina
    Emily Ruth Davito
    Farina
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    Jonathan Paul Brown
    St. Elmo
    Rachel Cory Jarrett
    St. Elmo

  • 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.