Local News

  • Shimkus accepting military valentines

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) is kicking off his “Valentines for Heroes” program, which has become a popular tradition for his constituents.
    Shimkus’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” he said.
    “The people of Central and Southern Illinois are overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”

  • The 2012 L-U Bridal Guide is now available in our office!
  • It's Here!

    Copies of our 2012 Bridal Guide are now available at The Leader-Union office, 229 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The guides are available free of charge

  • Coloring Contest Winners

    Pictured here are the three winners of the holiday coloring contest sponsored by The Leader-Union and 16 area business.

    In the first photo is Sara Blackburn, age 4. In the second photo is Katelyn Koontz, 8 1/2. In the third photo is Abby Guffey, 7. Each of the winners received a $10 Family Video gift card.

  • Third Time's a Charm for Pujols Poster

    The drawing for the Albert Pujols "Got Milk?" poster was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

  • Master Gardener deadline is Thursday

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees and how to manage insect pests, then you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • Carole Cripe Green picked for GEM Award

    Carole Cripe Green, a Vandalia area native who is a past state legislator and currently serves as a lobbyist, was chosen to receive the annual GEM Award by the Fort Myers Republican Women’s Club during the Tuesday, Dec. 13, luncheon meeting.

    The GEM Award represents individuals who have shown Good leadership, Effort in establishing programs and policies, and being a Major contributor to the community through time and effort.

  • CEFS seeks VITA volunteers

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. is seeking volunteer tax preparers to join its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
    This program provides tax assistance/preparation services at no cost for low-to-moderate-income people (based on income eligibility).
    The season will begin in early February and continue through mid-April.
    Volunteers must meet these qualifications:
    • Enjoy helping people.
    • Be patient and understanding of others.
    • Be committed to providing a community service.

  • SWCD still offers electronic recycling

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing to offer electronic recycling.
    Recycling is available at the SWCD office, 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday.
    Those using the service may put items into boxes inside the recycling trailer. Larger items, such as televisions, can be placed in the open area of the trailer.
    • Audio devices
    • Batteries-cell phone, flashlight, phone, UPS and car
    • Cables and wire
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Clocks

  • Vandalia Building Permits

    The following building permits were issued by the city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department:
    • Maranatha’s Spa-Relocate existing sign at 925 New York Drive.
    • Robert Berst-Demolition of residence at 1726 W. Johnson St.
    • Chad and Sonia Wehrle-Deck and boat dock at Vandalia Lake lot No. 101.
    • Klayton and Micah Brasel-Shorewall and boat dock at 2037 S. Lake Drive.
    • Edith Knebel-New electric for shed at 303 S. Pine St.