Local News

  • Two area residents die in weekend wrecks

    Two Fayette County residents were killed in separate accidents during the holiday weekend, and the county coroner is hoping that local residents can provide some help with one of those fatalities.
    The first of those accidents occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, of Shobonier, mistakenly drove a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe east down the 68-mile marker exit ramp and into the westbound lanes of I-70.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 4

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Citizen of the Year

    Tom Fedrigon, left, was named St. Elmo's "Citizen of the Year."  Fedrigon receives the honor from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers during St. Elmo's Labor Day Celebration on Monday evening.

  • VCC inmate transferred pending assault charges

    An inmate who allegedly attacked an officer during the recent power outage at Vandalia Correctional Center has been moved to another prison pending the filing of criminal charges in this county.
    David W. Howell, 41, of Decatur, was processed at the Fayette County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery of a correctional officer.
    Howell was then taken to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest on the felony charge.

  • Wright is among the successful '47 graduates

    Several graduates of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947 have been featured in The Leader-Union in the past year, including Dr. Laurene Mabry and June Squibb, regarding their professional accomplishments.

  • Lincoln interpreter here on Saturday

    It was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Abraham Lincoln gained his first political experiences, and it was there that he first spoke out against slavery.
    This Saturday evening, Lincoln will tell about his time in Vandalia.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter will visit the Statehouse from 7-9 p.m. as part of a three-stop trip to state historic sites.
    The interpreter will visit the Bryant College State Historic Site in Bement at 9 a.m., where he will talk about Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas as they competed for a Senate seat in 1858.

  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.

  • No water, sewer rate hikes

    For the first time in many years, Vandalia residents can expect not to see increases in their water and sewer rates.
    That’s because the expenses of the city’s water and sewer departments over the past year do not warrant increases.
    In presenting the annual audit report, Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam also gave a report on the city’s water and sewerage systems.
    That reports shows that water system expenses for the year ending April 30 totaled $1,765,070, a .73-percent decrease over the total from the previous year.

  • City turns down TIF aid for Twisters

    In his third appearance before the Vandalia City Council, local developer Dennis Grubaugh learned that he will not get financial assistance from the city for the building that formerly housed Twisters.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council decided not to honor Grubaugh’s request for Tax Increment Financing assistance in replacing the roof on the former entertainment center.
    Grubaugh applied for $75,000 – $25,000 a year for three years – in TIF assistance for the roof replacement, which is estimated to cost $258,750.

  • Shobonier woman dies in I-70 accident

    A Shobonier woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, drove eastbound into the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 68-mile exit shortly before 2 p.m.

    The state police said that the Sasse vehicle collided head-on with an International tractor-trailer driven by Uulu Marifat Azamat, 22, of Chicago.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Sasse dead at the scene at 247 p.m.