Local News

  • Walk Across America

    The 11th annual Walk Across America was held on Monday afternoon, with participants walking from the Vandalia Statehouse to the American Legion Home.

    The walk, a way to show support for local troops, is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • We Apologize

    In a story about the reinstatement of Tony Hicks as director of the Vandalia Community High School band in the May 23 issue of The Leader-Union, it was incorrectly stated that Ken Torbeck is president of the Vandalia Band Boosters.
    In fact, Carla Huhn is president of the organization. Torbeck and his wife Diane, and Tracie Waschle are vice presidents.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs

    Van driver ticketed for suspended license

    The New Jersey man who was driving the van that crashed last Monday on Interstate 70, west of Vandalia, has been ticketed by the Illinois State Police for driving while his license is suspended.
    The ticket was issued to Malcolm Purnell, 45, of Paterson, N.J.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said on Tuesday that the investigation into the accident is continuing. Those involved in the investigation include the state police and Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 30

    ✔ 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, June 1

    ✔ The Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from noon-midnight in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Sunday, June 2

  • Relay for Life is this Saturday

    Special luminaria – paper lanterns lit to represent those lost to cancer and those who have survived - will be showcased during the 17th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Fayette County this Saturday.
    The Relay for Life will again be held at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia, but the time has been changed. This year’s event will be held from noon-midnight.

  • Streetscape project going well

    Despite regular interruptions due to bad weather, Vandalia’s most-recent downtown streetscape project appears to be moving along at a good pace.
    “I think it’s going very well,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting.
    The city’s director of public works agreed with the mayor.
    “It’s just going real good,” said John Moyer, giving good marks to the general contractor, Kinney Construction of Raymond. “They’re real particular.”

  • Involving our youth

    As local residents involved in Vandalia’s tourism efforts discussed possible projects that could take advantage of grant funding through the state’s Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, two ideas surfaced.

  • Honorary Mayor
  • HCE Gift for Relay for Life
  • St. Elmo Food Distribution