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Today's News

  • 'Summer Lunches for Kids' program to provide free meals June 3-Aug. 25

    Once again this summer, school-age children in Fayette County will be able to get a free lunch one or two days per week through a program called "Summer Lunches for Kids."
    The mission of the effort is "to provide children with a free and nutitious lunch during the summer months when they are not in school."
    Meals will be available from 11-11:30 a.m.  every Monday and Thursday, beginning June 3 and continuing through Aug. 15, in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera.

  • Church Briefs

    Bethel Baptist VBS to be held June 3-7

    Bethel Baptist Church will be holding its Vacation Bible School from June 3-7, from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly. Parent night is will be Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
    The theme for this year's VBS is "Colossal Coaster World."
    Bethel Baptist Church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185. For more information, call the church at 326-7451.

    Temple Baptist to hold sale Saturday

  • Holy Cross Confirmation

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia held a confirmation service on Sunday, May 5, for the members of the Confirmation class of 2013

    Members of the class are, from left, Emalee Jo Hall, Alec Thomas Schroeder, Emily Ann Rees, the Rev. Jerry D. Bagwell, the Rev. Peter C. Kolb, Mary Ann Elizabeth Kolb, Waylin Allen Meseke and Alexis Miren Beckman. 

  • In Uniform

    Kenneth England
    Air Force Airman Kenneth R. England graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

  • Birthday

    Mary Crawford
    Mary A.E. (Flack) Crawford of Vandalia, formerly of Effingham, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Friday, June 7.

    She would appreciate hearing from family members and friends.

  • VFW Buddy Poppy Day
  • Evans Library offering summer reading program

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, “Have Book Will Travel.”
    “Have Book Will Travel” offers two reading programs this summer – one for students going into kindergarten through sixth grade; and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and special programs will be offered at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in June at the library.

  • Walk Across America

    The 11th annual Walk Across America was held on Monday afternoon, with participants walking from the Vandalia Statehouse to the American Legion Home.

    The walk, a way to show support for local troops, is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. We need old photos for the Banks feature.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and Carole Ray White.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht utrefu sha twidea nolg nughoe; fi ew od ont prags ti, retoh shadn, ginpsrag drah nad dylboo, liwl.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – St. Elmo native Bruce Williams, a 1979 graduate of St. Elmo High School, was killed in a U.S. Navy helicopter crash.
    Vandalia Community High School wrestler Ty Kidd placed third in the 160-pound class at the state-wrestling tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoffman of Bingham were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Emil Graumenz, a long-time resident of the St. Peter area, was celebrating his 90th birthday.