Local News

  • Senate candidates spar at Vandalia Statehouse in final days before Nov. 2 mid-term elections

    Squaring off in the room where Abraham Lincoln began his career in politics as a state representative, the two men vying for a seat in the Illinois Senate agreed that the state needs changes to make it more business-friendly.
    But during a forum sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and WMPB-WKRV Radio last Tuesday, Kyle McCarter and Tim Dudley disagreed on other points, including what needs to be done to cure Illinois’ financial ills.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    Vandalia's celebration of Halloween gets under way this Saturday when Vandalia Main Street holds is Spooktacular Saturday.

    The event includes a storytime at Evans Public Library at 9:45 a.m., a children's costume contest at 10 a.m. at Family Video and trick-or-treating at downtown businesses at 10:30 am.

  • Vandalia firefighter injured at Effingham fire scene

    One of five Vandalia firefighters who provided mutual aid assistance for a fire in Effingham on Wednesday afternoon sustained facial burns.

    According to Vandalia Fire Chief Merle Adermann, Zac Stombaugh was treated in the emergency room at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and released after sustaining first-degree burns, and possibly some second degree burns.

  • News Briefs-oct. 21, 2010

    Eagles Aerie to vote on improvements

    Eagles Aerie No. 3909 of Vandalia will have a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, to vote on improvements to the Aerie.

    Women Teachers's Dinner is Nov. 1

    The annual Bond, Fayette and Effingham Women Teachers' Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School.

  • Paint the Town Pink

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Oct. 28, as Paint the Town Pink Day in Vandalia. On that day, the Fayette County Health Department will hold a community reception in Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia to promote national breast cancer awareness.The reception, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., will include free lunch and give-aways. Shown with Gottman is Kendra Craig, community educator at the health department.

  • Man in drunk-driving crash in '95 arrested for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who has served a prison term for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two local teens was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest log, Rocky L. Bennyhoff, 56, RR 2, Farina, was arrested by the Illinois State Police on a charge of driving under the influence.

  • Osborne concert is this Sunday

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge this Sunday.

     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano. Also performing will be Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.

    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Community Calendar-Oct. 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    Friday, October 22
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, October 23

  • This week's issue of The Leader-Union going to all households

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    It’s all part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers. To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Local church to get old Rural King home

    City officials will consider a wording change in its zoning ordinance that will allow Rural King to give its former Vandalia home to a local church.
    Code Official Keith Meadows told the Vandalia alderman on Monday that Rodney Caswell, pastor of First Assembly of God, had notified him that Rural King will be donating its former home to his congregation.
    But for the donation to be legal, Meadows said, the city will have to change its zoning ordinance to allow for places of worship in an area zoned general commercial.