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Today's News

  • Citizen of the Year

    Tom Fedrigon, left, was named St. Elmo's "Citizen of the Year."  Fedrigon receives the honor from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers during St. Elmo's Labor Day Celebration on Monday evening.

  • VCC inmate transferred pending assault charges

    An inmate who allegedly attacked an officer during the recent power outage at Vandalia Correctional Center has been moved to another prison pending the filing of criminal charges in this county.
    David W. Howell, 41, of Decatur, was processed at the Fayette County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery of a correctional officer.
    Howell was then taken to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest on the felony charge.

  • Wright is among the successful '47 graduates

    Several graduates of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947 have been featured in The Leader-Union in the past year, including Dr. Laurene Mabry and June Squibb, regarding their professional accomplishments.

  • Lincoln interpreter here on Saturday

    It was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Abraham Lincoln gained his first political experiences, and it was there that he first spoke out against slavery.
    This Saturday evening, Lincoln will tell about his time in Vandalia.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter will visit the Statehouse from 7-9 p.m. as part of a three-stop trip to state historic sites.
    The interpreter will visit the Bryant College State Historic Site in Bement at 9 a.m., where he will talk about Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas as they competed for a Senate seat in 1858.

  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.

  • No water, sewer rate hikes

    For the first time in many years, Vandalia residents can expect not to see increases in their water and sewer rates.
    That’s because the expenses of the city’s water and sewer departments over the past year do not warrant increases.
    In presenting the annual audit report, Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam also gave a report on the city’s water and sewerage systems.
    That reports shows that water system expenses for the year ending April 30 totaled $1,765,070, a .73-percent decrease over the total from the previous year.

  • City turns down TIF aid for Twisters

    In his third appearance before the Vandalia City Council, local developer Dennis Grubaugh learned that he will not get financial assistance from the city for the building that formerly housed Twisters.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council decided not to honor Grubaugh’s request for Tax Increment Financing assistance in replacing the roof on the former entertainment center.
    Grubaugh applied for $75,000 – $25,000 a year for three years – in TIF assistance for the roof replacement, which is estimated to cost $258,750.

  • South Central grad Spencer Patton called up by the Texas Rangers

    South Central High School graduate Spencer Patton will join the Texas Rangers bullpen on Thursday, and should soon after make his Major League debut.

    Patton, who was acquired by the Rangers in a July trade with the Kansas City Royals, was 1-1 with a 3.38 earned-run average and four saves in 15 appearances for the Triple-A Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League.

    He struck out 25 batters in 16 innings of work, but had struggled lately, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in his final three appearances for Round Rock.

  • Defense shines in season-opening win

    VANDALIA – Holding a one-possession lead midway through the fourth quarter, Vandalia found an unconventional way to get good field position for its offense.

    Junior lineman Kendrick Woolsey intercepted a tipped pass at Gillespie’s 35-yard line, senior quarterback Collin Nestleroad ran in a 22-yard touchdown three plays later and the Vandals continued carrying the momentum to a 30-6 victory in last Friday’s season-opener.

  • Formation change propels Lady Vandals

    VANDALIA – Switching to a 6-2 formation was the winning trick for the Lady Vandals in Tuesday's home opener.

    Especially for the hitters.

    Kadi Metzger swung with more confidence, Ally Sasse had a team-high seven kills and freshman Katie Tarkington made a big impact in a 25-12, 25-22 win against Staunton.