Local News

  • WANTED: Your reaction

    We're particularly looking for the reaction of veterans, especially those who have served in the past decade and may even have enlisted after and as a result of the attacks on 9/ll. We also want to hear from those who have served in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Leave comments here or e-mail them to rbauer@leaderunion, or go to our Facebook page. If you have served as a part of the fight against terror and wish to speak with us, contact me, Rich Bauer, at 283-3374, ext. 226.

  • Call-in day for pageants is May 7

    Call-in Day for Fayette County Fair Pageants is Saturday, May 7.

    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents, between the ages of 5 and 7 years old by July 11. To enter, call 427-3762 on May 7, beginning at 9:00 am.  The first twenty contestants will be accepted. No early calls will be accepted.

    To be a Jr. Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents entering

  • 14-incher

    Patrick Taylor of Shobonier shows the 14-inch morel that he found while hunting last weekend.

  • Hunting success

    Mary Ritchey shows a couple of large mushrooms she found during a hunting expedition in the Shobonier area last Thursday.

  • Rainy Day Egg Hunt

    The Vandalia Lions Club held its annual Easter egg hunt in Ruemmelin Park on Sunday afternoon, but the rain resulted in a smaller crowd and the need for umbrellas.

  • Flood rescue

    An Illinois Department of Natural Resources air boat was used to rescue a man whose truck was washed off the road by flooding south of Bluff City on Tuesday morning. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy Sheri Miller took this photo, which shows Sheriff's Deputy Ed Durbin and DNR officer Chad Compton rescuing the man. Miller said the man was pulling a trailer with his truck south of Hickory Creek when flooding forced the trailer, and then the truck, off the road.

  • News Briefs

    Historical Society meets Tuesday

    The Vandalia Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Gloria Durbin will present part two of "Dating Old Photographs." Visitors are welcome to the society meetings.

    Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers

    Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m.-noon.

  • Police will accept prescription drugs this Saturday

    As part of a nationwide campaign to prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the Vandalia Police Department will be collected unwanted prescription drugs.
    Local residents may drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the police department, 219 S. Fifth St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is May 9-13

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 9-13.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • Man accused in stabbing to be in court Wednesday

    An Edgewood man who was arrested after a stabbing in the southeast corner of Fayette County a little more than a week ago was to make his first court appearance with an attorney on Wednesday.
    Walter L. West, 20, faces felony aggravated battery charges for his role in an incident on April 15 at a home in rural Laclede.
    The Illinois State Police reported that they received a 911 call about an altercation at 6:03 p.m. on April 15. Three troopers responded to the scene.