Local News

  • Breaking News-Wednesday at 4 p.m.---Statehouse will reopen

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced late Wednesday afternoon that the state has accepted an anonymous donation from a local resident and will reopen the Vandalia Statehouse.

    The donation to the Illinois Historic Preservation, which is being channeled through the Old Capitol Foundation, will pay the salary of a full-time employee at the Statehouse.

    The IHPA issued the following press release on Wednesday afternoon:


  • Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln exhibits dedicated

    It has only been several years since the state initiated the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition Project, bringing into the project about a dozen Illinois communities having some Abraham Lincoln history.

    And as project director Nicky Stratton met with representatives of each community, she told them that the work to better promote Lincoln’s time in Illinois would be a learning process for everyone involved.

  • State Supt. OK's St. Elmo, Brownstown consolidation petition

    About two years after officials in the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts began studying the consolidation of the two districts, they have been given permission to put the issue before residents of the two communities.

    Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties Mark Drone announced mid-morning on Tuesday that the petition for a consolidation referendum had been OK’d by the state superintendent of education.

  • New Vandalia school tax levy OK'd

    Following a 45-minute public hearing in which four individuals expressed their concerns about rising school taxes, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a levy that asks for a 6.32-percent increase in property tax assessments for residents of the district.

    State law requires such a “truth in taxation” hearing anytime a district’s taxation level increases by 5 percent or more.

  • Vandalia School District on pace with budget

    After holding a public hearing and passing a tax levy increase for district taxpayers, the Vandalia Board of Education tackled a relatively light agenda for its regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that all local tax monies have been received for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    “Those revenues are what we have to live on for the rest of the fiscal year,” he said. “So far, our expenditures are on pace with the budget.”

  • St. Elmo Tourney is on for Wednesday

    Play in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament will continue on Wednesday, with play beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    The schedule for Wednesday is:

    • 5:30-Altamont vs. Ramsey

    • 7-Mulberry Grove vs. Beecher City

    •8:30-South Central vs. Cowden-Herrick.

  • Videos added to L-U Web site

    We have added to this Web site this week the capability of providing video clips of community events.

    Three videos, all from Sunday's dedication ceremony for Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits, are currently on the Web site.

    To access the videos, go to the News Headlines section lower on this page and use the scroll bar to locate them.

    The addition of videos is among the latest of improvements to www.leaderunion.com. Others include photo galleries and the capability of displaying numerous photos with stories that appear on this site.

  • Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. – State superintendent OKs consolidation petition

    Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Drone just reported that the state superintendent of schools has approved the consolidation petition that he submitted on behalf of the Brownstown and St. Elmo School Districts.

    Drone released the following information by e-mail this morning:

  • Cancellations

    • All Tuesday evening activities at Vandalia Junior High School have been canceled.

    • Tuesday games at the the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament have been canceled.  Three games will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, with the first game started at 5:30 p.m.

  • VIDEO – Ed Taylor unveils Lincoln song

    Ed Taylor, a local merchant and musician, kicked off Sunday's dedication of Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits with a song he had written about Abraham Lincoln.