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Local News

  • A big weekend in the community

    Vandalia Community High School is celebrating homecoming this weekend with a variety of activities, but there is also a lot going on in this area.

  • Bullying

    While she addressed the Vandalia Board of Education on the issue of bullying, the parent of a student in the local school system said it will take the entire community to address that issue.
    And after Megan Wilson finished reading a written statement prepared for last Tuesday’s meeting, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well said that Wilson had been invited to join the district’s student discipline committee.

  • Nine years in meth case

    A St. Elmo man who was not present when convicted last month on drug charges was also not in court for his sentencing hearing last Friday. But, this time, it was not his decision.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ The Evans Public Library's Homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. at the library. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at 283-2824.

    Friday, September 29

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.

  • Death now investigated as a homicide

    Several hours after press time on Wednesday, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen announced that the death of a rural Brownstown man is now being investigated by his office and the Illinois State Police as a homicide.

    James "Jim" Skinner, 56, of Brownstown, was found dead in his home on Sunday, and at that, Bowen said that the death was suspicious in nature.

  • Treasurer Rose Hoover won't seek a sixth term

    A long-time fixture in Fayette County government has decided to end decades of service to the county next year.
    Rose Hoover, who is in her fifth term as the county treasurer, told The Leader-Union on Tuesday that she plans to retire at the end of that term in November 2018.

  • Two youths arrested for cemetery damage

    Two juveniles have been taken into custody for allegedly damaging more than two dozen tombstones in Vandalia cemeteries late last week.

    An 11-year-old juvenile was arrested for criminal damage to property within a day of the damage being discovered, and a 12-year-old juvenile was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the same charge.
    Vandalia cemetery employees notified police shortly before 9 a.m. last Thursday that 25 tombstones had been damaged overnight.
    The tombstones were knocked over or pushed from their base, and some of them were broken.

  • Local youth step up

    Sophie Bowers saw her younger sister looking through her bracelets and got the idea of making and selling bracelets. At the same time, she thought about those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 21

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department hospice grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the health department, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart at 283-7262.