Today's News

  • St. Elmo News

    Thursday, March 15
    • Those who wish to attend the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at noon on March 17 at the Phillips Building are to make reservations by Thursday by calling Irene Reed at 829-5156 or Della Stewart at 829-3394.
    • Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, noon, First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
    • A Telenet lesson, “To Soy or Not to Soy,” will be given at 1:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office. This is for Home and Community Education units, and the public is welcome to attend.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins both graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Justice dukes it out with Illinois governor

    As I mentioned in last week’s article, I am a volunteer at the Vandalia Statehouse. In doing so, I have learned some interesting history – not only of the building and of the artifacts housed there, but of the men who were officeholders during the years 1819 to 1839.

  • Make an effort to vote in primary

    Next Tuesday, citizens in Fayette County – and all across Illinois – have the privilege of controlling their own destiny.
    By taking 15 minutes of their time, driving a few miles out of their way and engaging their brain for a few minutes, they can make a difference.
    They can vote.
    Tuesday’s primary election, while it doesn’t have many contested races, it is the first step in determining the makeup of our general election races this fall.

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, March 23, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations for the banquet should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than Monday, March 19.  Limited seating is available, so early registrations are requested.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs:  Trisha Holliday, Women’s Opportunity Award; Katie Shields, Violet Richardson Award; and Laurie Mabry, Ruby Award (Women Helping Women).

  • News Briefs

    Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon has been canceled.

    Gottman a panelist at state conference

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is among the participants in the Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism this week

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gina D. Weaver, 40, homeless, was arrested on March 13 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $15,000, and she was extradited to Marion County.
    • Escobar Z. Olmos, 20, Effingham, was arrested on March 13 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper signal, no valid driver’s license and illegal consumption of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ 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, March 16

  • Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    A campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been canceled.

    Steve Riddle, site superintendent of the Vandalia Statehouse, told The Leader-Union at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday that he had been notified of the cancellation.

    Riddle said he was told that Santorum's campaign group originally planned to drive through the area, but is now traveling through Illinois by plane.

  • Area coaches enjoying weather at start of practices

    Area baseball and softball teams have been outside more often at the start of this season’s practices than last year.

    Warm temperatures over the past two weeks have allowed teams to practice outside instead of inside gymnasiums like last season, when snowy and cold conditions lingered through March.

    In  St. Elmo, the more-traditional practices helped prepare the Eagles for their season-opener with Shelbyville on Tuesday, which the team lost, 12-2.