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  • Heavy Rains, Heavy Flooding

    Large amounts of rain in a short period of time late last week caused what was probably the worst flooding in the area since 2004, when water over U.S. Route 51 south of Vandalia caused the highway to be closed for several days.

    The photo above shows flooding in the area of Fourth and Jefferson streets.

  • More talks on river intake

    Well into a meeting held to discuss possible solutions for Vandalia’s river intake, a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it’s not their role to come up with a remedy.
    But, he did tell city officials whom they could turn to as they try to come up with a way to make the intake usable for more than one-sixth of a year.
    Chuck Frerker, Bob Wilkins and Doug Wasmuth of the Corps of Engineers met with city officials after Mayor Ricky Gottman contacted U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), and Shimkus contacted the federal agency.

  • Streetscape work to begin

    More streetscape work in downtown Vandalia could get under way this week.
    And it could be completed by the end of July.

  • News Briefs

    Band Boosters accepting items for sale

    The Vandalia Band Boosters are asking for items to be donated for a rummage sale it will hold on Saturday, April 20, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    Items can be dropped off at the Moose Lodge from noon-7 p.m. on Thursday or from noon-5 p.m. on Friday.
    The band is facing large budget cuts, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the band. For more information, or for help with large items, contact Champion Trophies & T's at 283-7062 or NAPA Auto Parts at 283-3053.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 18
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, April 20

  • Lisa Moore joins L-U ad staff

    Lisa Moore has been named the new advertising sales representative for The Leader-Union.

  • City officials discuss treasurer position

    Mayor Ricky Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he will soon be announcing his department head and council committee appointments.
    And, as he announced his intention to appoint an employee in the city clerk’s office to the city treasurer post, questions from one aldermen led to considerable discussion.

  • Niemerg leaving VCHS post for job in Sigel

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Vandalia Community High School Assistant Principal Nick Niemerg, effective June 30.
    Niemerg, 32, who taught high school science for five years and has been the assistant principal for the past two years, will become principal of St. Michael Grade School in Sigel. The school has about 120 students in grades K-8.

  • Eason stepping down from police chief post

    The man who has served as Vandalia’s police chief for the past six years is stepping down from that position.

  • The Abes are returning

    Ten years ago, a city resident who has long been known as “Abe” successfully campaigned for bringing the Association of Lincoln Presenters to Vandalia for the group’s annual convention.