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Today's News

  • Crop survey shows 157 bushel corn, 38 beans

    James Lurkins strode into the cornfield like a man on a mission. He and his team of six made their way some 20 rows into the field and began their work.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Barbara Beeson and Bob Patterson.
    Identifying them was: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  uyo rae verne a slero tinlu oyu ituq gritny.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance to do so; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. (Mark Twain)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Route 51 through Ramsey was closed for about five hours early Sunday morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle on the curve just north of town and wrecked. The accident caused the spill of about 4,200 gallons of crude oil.
    Plans were being finalized for Old Capital Settlers Day in Vandalia. Activities included a chili cook-off, crafts and flea market, and husband- and wife-calling contests.

  • Early settlers blazed the trail in Loudon Township

    In 1908, the editor of The Vandalia Union asked readers to submit their Fayette County memories from an earlier time. Several old-timers responded to the request, among them, Miles R. Beck, who wrote of the early days in Loudon.
    Miles was born in Fayette County in 1846, a son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck. Joseph Beck was born in Washington Township, in Wayne (later Holmes County) Ohio, in 1820, and was a widower with four children when he came to Fayette County with the Ohio migration. He was also a school teacher and taught at the first school in the township.

  • Share the roads with our farmers

    They’ve had more than enough time to prepare their equipment for this year’s harvest. And now, after a late season brought on by persistent spring rains and a cool summer, the corn crop is nearly ready.
    As a result, we can expect to see area farmers heading to the fields in great numbers in the next few days.
    That means two things:

  • VCHS Homecoming Candidates

    This year's homecoming candidates at Vandalia Community High School are shown above.

  • Kaskaskia College

    CPR class at Vandalia Campus
    Would you know what to do if one of your co-workers, friends or family members was choking or suddenly collapsed? This could be a life or death situation that requires knowledge and skill to possibly save their life.
    These skills can be learned in just a few hours time with the American Heart Association CPR course. This course is beneficial to babysitters, new parents, teachers, community groups or anyone else who wants to know how to react in a critical situation.

  • New Radar for County

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, left, and Sheriff Aaron Lay are shown with the sheriff's office's new Pro Laser III infrared Lidar System radar gun.

    The purchase of the $1,500 speed gun, used to measure the speed of vehicles, was made possible through Morrison's equipment grant program. The program is funded by forfeitures and seizures through Morrison's office.

  • News Briefs

    Museum's Season of Entertainment set

    Historical Vandalia's 2013-14 Season of Entertainment schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday, Sept. 22 – Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon will perform as Clara Barton in telling how Barton's work led to the development of the American Red Cross.
    • Nov. 10 – Historical Markers of Illinois will be presented by William Furry of Springfield, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jacob D. Tedrick, 24, 817 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 16 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $2,500.
    •Winona R. DeMain, 33, 509 S. Glens Lane, Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of theft up to $500. No bond information was listed.
    •Elizabeth A. Parks, 30, 604 W. Washington St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 15 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Bond was $1,500.