Local News

  • Ramsey celebrates 150th birthday
  • Council discusses two road issues

    Two road projects – one about to get underway and one that’s badly needed – were discussed at Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting.

  • Sheafor appointed judge

    A former Fayette County state’s attorney who was among the first prosecutors in the nation to use DNA evidence at trial is the county’s new resident circuit judge.

  • Extending bonds

    The Vandalia Board of Education will meet in special session this Thursday evening to conduct a public hearing and take action on several other items of business.
    In the first meeting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., the board will hold a public hearing on its intent to sell working cash fund bonds.

  • Sheafor appointed judge

    A long-time Vandalia attorney who formerly served as Fayette County's state's attorney is now its resident circuit judge.

    The Illinois Supreme Court announced on Friday that M. Don Sheafor Jr. had been appointed to the judicial post that was vacated when S. Gene Schwarm of Loogootee was appointed to the state's Appellate Court.

    More on the story in the May 8 issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Remembering Loved Ones
  • Friday death of Shobonier man investigated

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is investigating the death of a rural Shobonier man.
    Bowen said that a rural mail carrier found a man dead along County Road 750 East, two miles south of U.S. Route 51, at about 1 p.m. on Friday.
    The man was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Case.
    Bowen pronounced Case dead at the scene at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, and said an autopsy was to be conducted this week at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Vandalia Lions Host Circus

    The Vandalia Lions Club hosted the Kelly Miller Circus for two performances last Thursday.

    The circus included a variety of acts, including acrobats, clowns and feats performed by animals.

  • Donations requested for museum organ, pipes, hardwood

    The Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors is moving along with the restoration of the second floor of the Fayette County Museum, the old church sanctuary, and is asking the public’s help in enhancing that restoration project.
    The goal for that second floor is to treat the front third of the space as a church, the middle third as a museum and the remaining third as an art gallery.
    One artifact that has been missing is a pipe organ and pipes, and the museum has been given a pipe organ with a complete set of pipes by the Catholic Church of St. Francisville.

  • Threatening Skies

    Monday evening storms did not produce any severe damage, but it sure looked like they might, based on the appearance of clouds moving through the area.

    The photo above, taken by Tony Thomason of Brownstown, shows the dark blue clouds hovering over the village.