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Lorene Neer, 93, of Greenville

Lorene Neer, 93, of Greenville, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021, at her residence. Lorene was born August 30, 1928, in Coffeen, Illinois to Oliver and Mamie (Cable) Nevinger. She graduated Vandalia High School in 1946. She married Robert Neer in Pierron, on January 3, 1947. They have lived in the Greenville area since…

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All entities should be participating

Tax Increment Financing program has benefited the community in many ways since the state initiated the program, with numerous improvements that otherwise would not have been taken on. And, there have been changes on how the program is operated in Vandalia, one of which has been the implementation of the Best Practices document and the…

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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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Plan needed for sheriff squad cars – Editorial

To quote Yogi Berra – It’s déjá vu all over again. About a decade ago, Aaron Lay, Fayette County’s sheriff, agreed to take out of his budget $55,000 for vehicles, to help the county with its financial issues. But, at the same time, he asked the county to approve the purchase of a van to…

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Banks of the Okaw

This week’s photo: These cousins will celebrate their 30th birthdays this spring. The boy has one daughter and lives in Vandalia, and the girl has always lived in Ramsey.

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Capture shows value of teamwork

Just last week in this space, we talked about the value of the various law enforcement entities building camaradrie and training together.
This week, we saw how that pays off.
Monday afternoon, an inmate escaped from Vandalia Correctional Center, and within a short time, numerous entities responded to a call for help.

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Saying thanks in newspaper week

Once a year, we at The Leader-Union take a week to step back and consider what we do, and why we do it.
Well, actually, we think about those things a lot more often than once a year. But this first full week in October, we have a built-in reason to think about them – it’s National Newspaper Week. During this observance, we talk about our mission, and we share with our readers why that mission is important to them.

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The Way We Were

15 Years Ago

1997 – A number of volunteers and a crew from the Vandalia Correctional Center Work Camp strung holiday lights along the tops of businesses in the downtown Vandalia business district.
Fayette County Habitat for Humanity set a dedication ceremony for its first house, which was located at 1417 W. Madison St. in Vandalia.
Sarah Roberts scored 14 points to lead the Vandalia Middle School eighth-grade girls to a 36-12 win over Litchfield that gave the squad a share of the Jr. Mid-State Conference title.

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