Local News

  • Ron Stephens makes resignation official

    “I am resigning my position as State Representative of the 102nd District effective today.

    "While it was a very difficult decision to make, I have chosen to step down for personal reasons, and look forward to spending more time with my family.  My only regret is not being able to finish out my term.

  • New in the Multimedia section: Ramsey Daze photos!
  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 28

    ✔ The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday. The flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, and residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.

  • Plans for more downtown improvements discussed

    The city of Vandalia held last Thursday what it hopes to be the final meeting of its downtown enhancement committee.

  • State's first treasury box displayed in Vandalia

    A number of people at the Vandalia Statehouse last Wednesday afternoon joked that the treasury box on display could hold all of the state’s money today.

  • Three members of family get jail time

    Three members of a Vandalia family who were taken into custody in January after the body of a Tower Hill man was found in their home were given jail time after pleading guilty last week.
    Of the three, Michael B. Cyrus, 28, received the stiffest sentence, 9½ years in prison. Sally J. Cyrus, 55, was given 120 days in jail, and William F. Cyrus, 31, was sentenced to 104 days in jail.

  • New-St. Elmo/Brownstown girls softball team begins practice

     The St. Elmo/Brownstown Jr. High girls softball practice has begun for grades 7 & 8.  Any interested 6th grade girls may also join the team.

  • Brownstown flushing hydrants Thursday and Friday

    The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday.

    Flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, so residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue of The Leader-Union that the flushing was to be done at the end of last week. We apologize for the error.

  • Monday at 10:25 a.m.: Wollerman takes oath of office

    One week after taking office, Julie Wollerman was sworn into office as the regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.

    With her family members and employees of Regional Office of Education No. 3 looking on, Wollerman took the oath of office from Judge S. Gene Schwarm, Fayette County resident circuit judge and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    More photos in the Multimedia section.

  • FRIDAY: Two Route 51 meetings next week

    The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings in the area next week to present updates on alignments being developed for U.S. Route 51.

    The area meetings are:

    • Vernon/Patoka  6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Patoka Civic Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka.

    • Vandalia 6-8 pm. on Wednesday at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St.

    The meetings have an open-house format, with project staff to be available for discussion and questions.