Local News

  • Local NRCS office collects food for local food pantry

    As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is aiming to collect at least 50,000 pounds of food for food pantries in this country. The local NRCS office is joining in on that effort.
    The local NRCS office, located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture building at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, is participating in the national “Feds, Farmers and Friends Feed Families” program by collecting foodstuffs for the local food pantry at the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Vandalia.

  • New downtown merchants group formed

    Merchants in downtown Vandalia have decided to combat the sluggish economy by taking matters into their own hands. To help jump-start business activity in that historic district, they have formed an association.
    Simply called the Merchants Association, the group attracted about 20 people to a kickoff meeting last Tuesday, and leaders have made plans to host a rummage sale on Gallatin Street on Saturday, Sept.11.

  • Construction on FCH SCU to begin soon

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday learned that the state department of public health has approved the plans for the renovation of the hospital’s Special Care Unit, and construction is likely to start within a month.

  • Family YMCA dedicates new facility

    After years of planning and months of construction, the new home for the Family YMCA of Fayette County was dedicated on Saturday.
    The grand opening included a full slate of activities and entertainment, as well as a dedication ceremony Saturday afternoon.
    “This is one of the best facilities we have in Vandalia,” said Mayor Rick Gottman. “It is a very important project to enhance the quality of life here.”

  • Vandalia Lions Club installs officers

    The Vandalia Lions Club recently installed officers for the coming year. Above, from left to right, are: Shelby Shurtz, secretary; Bob Alstat, second vice president; Bill Brown, treasurer; John Blythe, past president; Kevin Budny, president; Les Smith, vice president; Bette Stolte, director; and Cecil Williams, director.

  • Jaedyn Worker wins Jr. Miss title

    Jaedyn Worker of Vandalia was crowned the 2010 Junior Miss Fayette County during a pageant on Tuesday night.

    Elizabeth Miller was first runner-up, and Breklyn Mitchell was named second runner-up. The People's Choice winner was Elizabeth Biggs, Abigail Cunningham won Miss Congeniality, and Miller was named Miss Photogenic.

  • City lays out plan to enforce smoking ban

    Saying that they understand how enforcement of the state smoking ban can impact their businesses, city officials told liquor license holders that they have no choice but to enforce that law.

    About 30 people, including bar owners and representatives of private clubs, attended a Monday afternoon meeting during which Mayor Rick Gottman and Police Chief Larry Eason explained that the city would begin enforcing a new city law on Aug. 1.

    Gottman said he called the license holders together for a meeting because, “I wanted everyone to hear the same message.”

  • Vandalia will host two events on Saturday

    Vandalia will host two special activities this Saturday.

    The Vandalia Lions Club is again joining with Vandalia Classic Cars and Trucks to hold the July-Fest and Car Show, and Vandalia Main Street is holding its inaugural SummerFest.

    The July-Fest and Car Show will be held at Vandalia Classic Cars and Trucks, located at 703 Janett Ave., across from Chuckwagon Restaurant. The event runs throughout the day, with registration for the car show running from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Pippin, Summers win Fayette County crowns

    Amy Pippin of St. Elmo was crowned the 2010 Miss Fayette County Fair at the annual pageant on Monday at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Marissa Summers won the Little Miss Fayette County crown at Monday's pageant.

    More on the pageants, and more photos, will appear in this week's issue of The Leader-Union and on this website.

  • Storm damage assessment nearing completion

    With the assessment team winding down its work, it appears that about 100 homes and businesses sustained damage from last week’s severe thunderstorm.

    That storm, which dropped between 6 and 7 inches of rain in less than two hours, caused severe flooding throughout town. High winds during that storm also contributed to the damage.

    Merle Adermann, the city’s fire chief and Emergency Management Agency coordinator, told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday night that the damage assessment team had met three times to pull together damage reports.