Local News

  • City to look at 3 levy options

    Vandalia’s aldermen were presented on Monday with three options for a new tax levy, and in reviewing those options, council members said they welcome input from the public.
    Some aldermen said they also want some input from residents on the issue of leaf burning.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said that he had met earlier in the day with Executive Secretary LaTisha Paslay and Dale Timmermann, a local CPA whose firm performs the city audit, to discuss the new tax levy.

  • County has balanced budget ... BUT

    The Fayette County Board approved a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday, but the board chairman said it’s only balanced because of monies transferred into the general fund.
    And as board Chairman Steve Knebel said the transfer of $355,000 from the capital improvement fund is necessary to balance the budget, he doesn’t favor similar transfers in the coming year.
    But even with a balanced budget, Knebel said, the county’s department heads will have to be vigilant about their spending.

  • Second museum presentation is this Sunday

    The second of this season’s events sponsored by the Fayette County Museum will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Jerry Koenig of Chesterfield, Mo., will tell of the conditions he and his family experienced during World War II.
    Koenig will describe the treatment of Jewish families and others by the political regime. He will relate what his family was able to do, how they were in hiding, the risks others took to protect them and their eventual freedom.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 3

    • Kevin L. Hughes, 39, RR 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Nov. 1 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $250 cash.
    • A 17-year-old youth was arrested on Oct. 31 on an alleged violation of an order of protection. The youth was released on a notice to appear in court.
    • Phillip L. Allison, 33, Chicago, was arrested on Oct. 31 on charges of driving while his license is suspended and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • News Briefs

    Vandalois orders being taken

    Orders for the 2011-12 edition of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook, will be taken during both lunch hours at the school next week.
    The cost is $45, or $50 for yearbooks with a name engraved on the cover. Those wishing to order a yearbook are required to put down a $25 deposit.
    For more information, contact Vandalois adviser Amy Vieregge by phone at the high school, 283-5155, or by e-mail at avieregge@vandals.k12.il.us.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 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.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold its annual fish fry from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ($12 and under).

  • Sample issue sent to Vandalia area residents

    If you’re not a regular subscriber, this issue of The Leader-Union is being sent as our treat to you. It’s part of a periodic sampling program – this time to all Vandalia city and rural routes.
    Helping to bring this issue to you are our three sampling sponsors – Arthur Young Inc., The Pain Relief Center and Bluff Equipment. We appreciate their partnership, and we encourage you to patronize their businesses.

  • Celebrating Halloween

    First Photo: Girl Scout Troop No. 382 won second place in the float competition in the Lions Club Halloween Parade.

    Second Photo: The Ramsey High School band marches to third place in Class B in the Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade on Thursday. Third Photo: Tony Flowers at Liberty Coffee Shop gives Alain Harsha some treats during the Downtown Trick-or Treating on Saturday.

  • The End of a Career

    Today’s firefighters are covered from head to toe with special clothing and equipment that protects them from flames and toxic smoke. That wasn’t the case when Merle Adermann joined the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department in 1974.

  • Lions Club announces parade winners


    1st-Family Worship Center

    2nd-Girl Scout Troop 382

    3rd-Moose Lodge

    4th-Girl Scout Troop 385


    6th-Land of Lincoln Credit Union



    1st-Dancin' Dan and Swingin' Sharon


    3rd-Walking Dead Witch

    4th-Willy Wonka Characters