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  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abes

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. The chamber-member award went to Doug Knebel, the community bank president for Midland States Bank, 2008 president of the Vandalia chamber and member of a number of civic organizations.

  • Reading of Lincoln Farewell is next Friday

    A live webcast has been set up to allow anyone in the nation to participate in the Feb. 11 simultaneous reading of a famous Abraham Lincoln speech that organizers hope will set a new Guinness World Record™ as part of the national kickoff of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 3

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 5

  • Evans Library Board makes long-range plans for new building

    Preliminary discussions on building a new home for Evans Public Library in Vandalia are just that – preliminary.

  • Two Buildings/Two Separate Issues

    There has been talk in the community that the Evans Youth Center will be torn down to make way for a new public building.

  • Winter storm leaves thick layer of ice

    What has been termed by many as Illinois’ worst winter storm in decades sent most city and county government employees home early on Tuesday and allowed them to stay there on Wednesday.

  • Area schools dismissing early

    Area schools are dismissing early this afternoon (Monday) due to weather:

    Vandalia-Jefferson Primary, 1:15 p.m.; Vandalia Elementary and Junior High School, 1:25 p.m.; and the high school, 1:30.

    Brownstown-Elementary, 1:15 p.m., and junior high-high school, 1:20 p.m.

    St. Elmo-2 p.m.

    Ramsey-1:30 p.m.

  • Winter Storm Advice from State Farm

    What to have in your vehicle

    In addition to the just-in-case items you should always have in your vehicle, such as jumper cables, tire-changing tools, flashlight and a first-aid kit, be sure to carry these winter essentials:

  • Residents prepare for winter storm

    Preparing for a winter storm that will include both ice and snow, local residents headed out for groceries, as indicated in this photo submitted to The Leader-Union by Sonia Wehrle on Monday morning.

  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abe Awards

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. Among those groups in which she’s involved are Nice Twice, Vandalia Tourism Commission, National Road Interpretive Center, Our Place, Home and Community Education, United Methodist Women, Fayette County Museum and Evergreen Outreach.