• Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.

  • Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These six young women are shown in a presentation in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse several years ago. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.

  • The doors to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center were opened Thursday evening as Sharon Harris, the director of the site, honored the volunteers with an appreciation dinner.

  • The Fayette Faces this week are those of the youth in the 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts. They were on the fairgrounds at this time, not to ride the carnival tides or enjoy the treats at the concession stands, but to work at cleaning up their fairgrounds for their county fair, with the supervision of their leaders and other adults interested in putting their best foot forward for the fair.

  • Lucille Fisher always loved to make a garden and she seemed to have a green thumb, as her vegetable gardens have produced enough to feed her family, put up some for the winter and share with others.

  • Laquita Hans has a friendly, personality, accented by a contagious smile. That is just the first impression at first meeting. After a few minutes of conversation, one realizes that is not just a surface, but an indication of her deep compassion for and a sincere desire to help others.

  • William “Bill” Haselhorst, the current president of the Vandalia Lions Club, will be inducted as District 1-L governor and take office July 8, following training in Toronto, Canada, at the Lions’ International Convention.

  • About 10 years ago, Robyn Pontious was home on leave when she attended a meeting of VFW Post 9770 with the thought of joining.

  • Notable Facts
    About Ramsey
    The village of Ramsey is a pioneer in history. It is documented in a proclamation by the state senate and representatives that Ramsey was the first town in Illinois to see women vote.

  • Calvin Boggs is a senior at Brownstown High School who will graduate this Sunday.

  • A sign in the window of  OUR PLACE Youth Center on West Gallatin Street proclaims a new service available in downtown Vandalia – Veterans Outreach Center, Ministry of the Veterans Administration.

  • Notable Facts About Ramsey
    The village of Ramsey is a pioneer in history. It is documented in a proclamation by the state senate and representatives that Ramsey was the first town in Illinois to see women vote.

  • Walter Philbrick was born in New Hampshire, moved to Minnesota with the company for which he was employed, and more recently, retired and moved to Vandalia, where his son, Matt Philbrick, is youth minister at First Baptist Church and Matt’s wife, Jenn, is employed at The Leader-Union.


    The First Baptist Church of Vandalia was host church for the fourth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday.



    “The shock of arriving in a foreign land must have been overwhelming for our forefathers because what they perceived in their minds looked different after that arrived. While they would never forget the land from whence they came, once they set foot on American soil, their lives were haunted by dislocation.” 


  • Chaplain Dock Hinman of the Association of Christian Truckers was the speaker at last week’s Lenten Luncheon, also providing inspirational music, accompanying himself on his guitar.

  • The community and members of the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church are celebrating the church’s 150th anniversary with three special Sunday afternoon services, which will include a meal at noon and a program before the 2 p.m. church service.