Local News

  • Committee backs TIF funds for pool

    Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee recommended on Monday that the city contribute TIF funds to the Vandalia Swimming Pool project.
    However, the recommended amount is not quite what the Vandalia Park District is seeking from the city.
    Also on Monday, just a week after the city council rejected one TIF request from Dennis Grubaugh for one project, the advisory committee recommended giving Grubaugh assistance on another project.

  • County OKs proposal for new, improved website

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday took action designed to provide the county with a website that is both more informational and more useful for county residents.
    The board accepted a proposal from Civic Plus, a company that specializes in the design, development and maintenance of government-run websites.
    The county will pay Civic Plus $4,500 through a three-year contract that includes a fourth-year option for $551. Civic Plus, which is based in Manhattan, Kan., and has an office in St. Louis, has contracts with numerous municipalities in Illinois and Missouri.

  • Patton sparkles in big league debut

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton made a good impression on his new teammates in his major league debut on Thursday night.

    Patton entered in the fourth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners with a runner on first, then retired the first three batters he faced.

    He returned to the mound in the fifth and again recorded three straight outs before being lifted from the game.

  • Two area residents die in weekend wrecks

    Two Fayette County residents were killed in separate accidents during the holiday weekend, and the county coroner is hoping that local residents can provide some help with one of those fatalities.
    The first of those accidents occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, of Shobonier, mistakenly drove a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe east down the 68-mile marker exit ramp and into the westbound lanes of I-70.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 4

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

  • Citizen of the Year

    Tom Fedrigon, left, was named St. Elmo's "Citizen of the Year."  Fedrigon receives the honor from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers during St. Elmo's Labor Day Celebration on Monday evening.

  • VCC inmate transferred pending assault charges

    An inmate who allegedly attacked an officer during the recent power outage at Vandalia Correctional Center has been moved to another prison pending the filing of criminal charges in this county.
    David W. Howell, 41, of Decatur, was processed at the Fayette County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery of a correctional officer.
    Howell was then taken to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest on the felony charge.

  • Wright is among the successful '47 graduates

    Several graduates of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947 have been featured in The Leader-Union in the past year, including Dr. Laurene Mabry and June Squibb, regarding their professional accomplishments.

  • Lincoln interpreter here on Saturday

    It was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Abraham Lincoln gained his first political experiences, and it was there that he first spoke out against slavery.
    This Saturday evening, Lincoln will tell about his time in Vandalia.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter will visit the Statehouse from 7-9 p.m. as part of a three-stop trip to state historic sites.
    The interpreter will visit the Bryant College State Historic Site in Bement at 9 a.m., where he will talk about Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas as they competed for a Senate seat in 1858.

  • No water, sewer rate hikes

    For the first time in many years, Vandalia residents can expect not to see increases in their water and sewer rates.
    That’s because the expenses of the city’s water and sewer departments over the past year do not warrant increases.
    In presenting the annual audit report, Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam also gave a report on the city’s water and sewerage systems.
    That reports shows that water system expenses for the year ending April 30 totaled $1,765,070, a .73-percent decrease over the total from the previous year.