Local News

  • City to begin enforcing smoking ban

    Vandalia officials will hold a meeting next Monday afternoon to explain a city law that has been put on the books to address smoking and other activities that are “a menace to the health, safety or welfare of the public.”

    That city law approved by the city council in January was drafted after police were called to a downtown bar for a report of nudity during a special promotion.

  • Storm damage assessment continues

    Three days after what many are describing as the worst storm they’ve ever witnessed in Vandalia, city officials are continuing to gather information that they hope will be sufficient to warrant financial aid from the state.

    Vandalia’s public works employees are continuing to pick up debris from the Sunday evening storm, which brought high winds and more than 6 inches of rain in less than two hours, and Public Works Director John Moyer estimated on Monday that the cleanup could take up to a week.

  • Do you have storm damage?

    The city of Vandalia is collecting damage reports as it attempts to receive assistance from the state. File a report at Vandalia City Hall as soon as possible.

  • School district still holding strong financially

    In its final meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a revised budget for the nearly completed year and heard from the superintendent that the district remains in good financial shape.

     “The hay’s not in the barn yet,” said Superintendent Rich Well, noting that the fiscal year didn’t end until midnight Wednesday, “but we’re looking very good. We’re where we are right now because we’ve been good stewards of our money.”

  • Smith rushes to aid neighbor

    Like many other Vandalia residents, Christopher Smith was watching the onset of Sunday evening’s thunderstorm. He knew that it was going to be a big storm when he saw lightning strike just a short distance from his home.

    Instead of running for cover, however, Smith ran to help a neighbor.

    Smith said that he and a friend were at his house in the 1400 block of North Seventh Street, listening to a scanner to get information about the weather.

  • Two arrested for murder of former St. Elmo man

    Investigators of the Major Case Squad have confirmed the identity of the dismembered and burned body that was discovered in East St. Louis early Tuesday morning.

    The victim has been identified through this investigation and confirmed by dental records as 22-year-old Zachary Irvin, who recently relocated to St. Louis from St. Elmo. 

    Two suspects, 41-year-old Dennis M. Iagulli and 35-year-old James E. Pierson, are in custody and have been charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

  • Severe storm hits Vandalia

    A severe storm that moved through Vandalia early Sunday evening damaged numerous trees and left many of Vandalia's streets flooded.

    Local authorities were assessing the damage on Monday morning.

    Photos of some of the damage are shown here.


  • Do you have storm photos?

    Do you have photos from Sunday's storm which show damage or flooding that you'd like to share?

    We'd like to help you share those photos both in this week's issue and online at our web site.

    You may drop photos off at our office, bring in your digital camera or e-mail photos to rbauer@leaderunion.com.


  • 12:45 p.m.-Monday-City will seek state, federal assistance

    The city of Vandalia will seek financial assistance from the state and federal governments as a result of Sunday's storm.

    City officials met with Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler mid-morning on Monday to begin the process of applying for assistance.

    The process involves gathering information from both the city and property owners who sustained damage. Those with damage are asked to stop by city hall or call 283-1196.

  • Thomason's slander suit dismissed

    A judge said on Wednesday that if St. Elmo’s former police chief wishes to sue that town’s mayor for slander, he needs to be more specific.

    In a short hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge S. Gene Schwarm dismissed Ken Thomason’s lawsuit against Larry Tish, but gave Thomason three weeks to file an amended complaint.