Mary C. Vohlken, 85, Carlyle

Mary C. Vohlken, 85, of Carlyle, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Carlyle Healthcare Center. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at McKendree Chapel Cemetery near Keyesport. Friends and family are asked to gather at the cemetery.  Memorials: Carlyle Healthcare Center, accepted at Zieren Funeral Home, P.O. Box 276, Carlyle,…

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Rotarians host another successful blood drive

When there are so many things going on in our world that people can’t do anything about, one thing that most of us can do is give blood. To that end, the Vandalia Rotary held its first Red Cross blood drive of the year last Tuesday. As there is always a need for blood, and…

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Birth

Gracie Marie Tessman F. Tessman and Olivia Tessman of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 12:54 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Gracie Marie weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Christopher Fladeland the late Mildred Hensley, both…

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Miller rejoins Bank of Hillsboro

Bank of Hillsboro President and CEO Misty Borrowman last week announced the hiring of Amber Miller to serve as the business development manager for the bank’s Vandalia branch. Miller, who has 12 years of banking experience, will be in charge of operations and branch management. Her role will also focus on deposit and commercial lending…

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Banks of the Okaw

Last week’s photo: Kenny Blankenship and Brenda (Blankenship) Meyer. Identifying them was: Esther Meyer. This week’s Scrambler: on ayd ni cihhw ouy renal negohsimt si a emtcepol sols. Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday. Last week’s Scrambler: It is often easier to get forgiveness than permission. Unscrambling…

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The Way We Were

30 Years Ago 1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would…

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A local tie to an assassination

President William McKinley, our nation’s 25th president, was assassinated July 4, 1891, by anarchist Leon Czolgosz, while he stood in a receiving line in the “Temple of Music” at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. My columns always deal with Fayette County connections, and there is a connection between this event and Vandalia…

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CEO thinking outside the box

When trying to come up with a class business, this year’s CEO students kicked around some ideas before making a decision. But, they did know one thing – people are ready to get out and do things. As you can see by the story on the front page of this issue, this year’s class will…

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Leskera TIF endorsed

Without discussion and only one question, Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee has recommended a 50-percent grant for an attorney renovating one of Vandalia’s oldest downtown buildings. In an 8-1 vote taken during the meeting held by Zoom on Friday, the members of that committee agreed to send to the city council a $134,051.85 grant…

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