Local News

  • School district 'in real solid shape'

    In an abbreviated 30-minute meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday heard a preliminary report on the district’s fiscal-year-end financial statement and approved a handful of personnel items.
    The board also spent several hours on Tuesday – both before and after the monthly meeting – interviewing five candidates for the assistant principal position at Vandalia Community High School. After those interviews were completed, the board voted to hire VCHS science teacher Nick Niemerg as the new assistant principal. See associated story on page 11.

  • Car-nival at the lake

    All types of Fords – from one of the earliest Model T’s to some late-model Mustangs – were on display at Vandalia Lake over the weekend.

  • State treasurer, first state treasurer box in Vandalia on Wednesday


  • Drone retires: Wollerman is new ROE superintendent

    Mark Drone, superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 since May 2004, announced his retirement at Thursday's meeting of the Fayette County Board.

    Drone said that Friday was his last day on the job, and that Julie Wollerman, who has been serving as the assistant regional superintendent, will take over as the regional superintendent on Monday.

    For more on this story, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Friday, 8:25 a.m.-Fire damages vacant home

    A fire late Thursday evening caused substantial damage to a vacant house in Vandalia.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to 203 W. Main St. shortly after 10 a.m., and were at the scene for more than 2 1/2 hours.

    An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the blaze.

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters.

  • NEW: Fayette County pageant photos, videos now online

    Visit our Multimedia section to view photos and videos from the 2011 Fayette County pageants.

  • Don't forget Ford show this weekend

    As the fair winds down, another special event is gearing up – this one at Vandalia Lake.
    The event is the inaugural Midwest All-Ford Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. It has the potential to attract hundreds of vintage Ford cars and trucks, as Ford enthusiasts bring their vehicles to the event to be judged and appreciated.

  • Inaugural Ford show is this weekend

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of car and truck enthusiasts – particularly those who favor Ford products – are expected to descend upon the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Fun Times at the Fair

    The Fayette County Fair got under way in Brownstown last Saturday with 4-H shows, and continues through this Saturday evening.

  • Extension changes

    Budgetary cuts by University of Illinois Extension have resulted in changes at the Fayette County office.
    Those changes include a reduction in the hours of operation, with the Fayette County Extension Office now open Wednesday through Friday.
    “These changes will allow us to continue supporting 4-H and other educational programs, while reducing administrative costs,” said Rachelle Hollinshead, Extension director for Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.