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Today's News

  • Council picks lower of two choices for hikes

    Presented with two options for increases in water and sewer rates for the coming year, Vandalia aldermen chose the one proposing lower increases, making one adjustment to that proposal.
    Approved in a 5-2 vote was a proposed increase of 3.11 percent in water rate. And while that proposal called for no increase in sewer rates, alderman approved a 1-percent hike.
    The city’s auditing firm, Timmerman and Co. Ltd. of Vandalia, gave aldermen two options for water and sewer rates as it presented the city audit earlier this month.

  • City cannabis, paraphernalia law on the books

    To address a change in state law, the Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to make possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia a city ordinance violation.
    But approval of the ordinance did not come without significant debate.
    The measure passed in a 6-1 vote, with aldermen Jerry Swarm, Andy Lester, Ken Hubler, Russ Stunkel, Joel Rebbe and B. John Clark voted for it, and Dorothy Crawford casting the lone dissenting vote.
    Crawford initiated the lengthy discussion, citing her reasons for not supporting such an ordinance.

  • New route for VCHS homecoming parade

    The route for this year’s Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade is radically different, with several factors contributing to the change.

  • National Road Kiosk Dedication
  • Democratic Dinner
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 22

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

  • VCHS Homecoming candidates
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the  LeFevre, Zeman,  Oldfield & Lawinger law office in Vandalia.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal and teacher Bob McAllister died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.
    They're still in that area, retired and enjoying their large circle of family and friends.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: scusces si a ruenjyo, tno a iotsnatnied.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Lions really had no other option

    In case you missed it, this item was in the 25 Years Ago section of The Way We Were on this page last week:
    Starting with the VCHS homecoming parade Friday, the city of Vandalia had new rules governing parades. Those rules stated that parade participants would no longer be able to throw candy or other give-away items, and that parade watchers would be required to stay on sidewalks.
    That tells you how long crowd control has been an issue. In fact, it's continually gotten worse, especially in recent years.