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    Band Trivia Night is Sept. 14
    The third annual Vandalia Band Parents Trivia Night and silent auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Vandalia Junior High School gym.
    The cost for the trivia contest is $15 per person or $120 for an eight-person team in advance, or $17 per person or $135 for an eight-person team the night of the event. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded.
    Prizes will be awarded to the table with the best theme and for the best dessert.
    For more information, call 283-3181 or 339-0941.

  • St. Peter youth killed in bicycle-car accident

    A St. Peter youth sustained fatal injuries in a car-bicycle accident early last Friday morning.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, 15-year-old Nathan Horath was riding a bicycle south on Ill. Route 185, about a mile and a half east of St. Peter, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Sandra Gelsinger of Brownstown.
    Bowen said that the accident occurred at about 5:30 a.m., prior to daylight, and that the youth was riding the bike near the center of the roadway. Bowen also said that weather conditions were poor at the time of the accident.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 29

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, August 30

    ✔ Evans Public Library will hold Fantastic Friday for ages 5-10 at 4 p.m. To sign up, call the library, 283-2824.

  • Vandalia Memories

    \This photo, submitted by both Steve Jerden and Larry Emerick, shows the Clark residence off of the Kaskaskia River.

    The Clark home was at the northeast corner of First and Edwards streets, in the now-vacant lot across from Stombaugh's Heating and Air-Conditioning. At right is the railroad bridge over the river. More photos, as well as information and comments from current and former residents, is available on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page that was started by Kathy Schultz.

  • Improvements at Brownstown Library

    Remember when the Brownstown Branch Library occupied a room in the Village Hall? It was moved to a nearby building, where it continued to grow, with improvements added.  

  • Patoka, St. Elmo holding Labor Day festivals

    Two area communities will be celebrating the end of summer this weekend.
    The Patoka Fall Festival is a three-day celebration that kicks off on Friday evening, and St. Elmo’s Labor Day Celebration gets under way on Sunday evening.
    The Fall Festival begins at 6 p.m. with carnival rides, mechanical bull rides, a catch a pig contest and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
    At 7 p.m., Patoka resident Jamie Nattier and others will provide musical entertainment.

  • $1 million bond in cannabis case

    Bond has been set at $1 million for a St. Peter man arrested late last week on a drug charge.
    Anthony Wayne Harpster has been charged with unlawful production of cannabis sativa plants in information filed by the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison.
    The Class 2 felony charge alleges that Harpster possessed between 50 and 200 cannabis plants on three pieces of property in Lone Grove Township.

  • Following the rules & having fun

    It wasn’t what one would call the typical first day of school.

  • Workin' on the Railroad

    Traffic on the east-west CSX line through Vandalia has resumed after an interruption due to repair work on the railroad bridge over the Kaskaskia River.

    A source told The Leader-Union recently that divers with Undersea Engineering in Pensacola, Fla., were used to fill a void on one of the bridge piers. The void, he said, was discovered as a result of a side scan done by CSX.

  • County 4-H'ers show livestock at state fair

    Fayette County 4-Hers competed against exhibitors from throughout the state in the Junior Livestock Shows at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 8-18.  
    In Junior Beef, Seth Purcell exhibited the second place Maine Anjou Heifer, 9/3/11-9/24/11.
    Jordan Schaal took top honors in Junior Sheep with her champion Dorset wether; champion Shropshire Wether; first-place Dorset Wether 114-156 pounds; first-place Shropshire Wether 114-137 pounds.