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Today's News

  • Vandalia School District sees financial score drop

    The Vandalia School District’s financial profile score dropped from 3.6 on a scale of 4.0 last year to 3.25 for the year that ended June 30, a decrease that moved the district from a “recognition” to a “review” rating from the Illinois State Board of Education.
    The announcement of the score was part of the district’s annual auditor’s report, which was presented Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
    And it’s a shift that Superintendent Rich Well says is easily explained.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 18

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, October 19

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Leandra K. Brewer, 29, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 15 on a Bond County warrant for a charge of deceptive practices. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Donald W. Britton, 51, Effingham, was arrested on Oct. 15 on a domestic battery warrant and an Edwards County warrant. Bond was $10,000.
    • David E. Ivey, 30, 1502 N. Eighth St., Apt. 19, Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 15 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.

  • Alderman shows initiative

    Vandalia officials learned on Monday night that their hopes for a quick, simple and inexpensive fix to the ongoing problem with the city’s raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River had been dashed.
    But the failure to find such a fix wasn’t due to a lack of effort.
    At some point, it may be worth it for the city to fix the problem, though the need to do so may be moot if the city can work out an agreement with the Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. that is cost-effective.

  • Vandalia crucial to Illinois railroad history

    Editor Thomas Lakin of The Vandalia Union newspaper once wrote, “Vandalia is the cradle in which the infant Illinois was rocked.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – It was the one-year anniversary of the work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center. Inmate hours at the work camp were totaling as many as 30,000 per month.
    Brownstown officials were celebrating the startup of a sewer line replacement project. A $350,000 state grant was being used in conjunction with a $150,000 loan.
    Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hoffmire were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.
    Sophia Martin was celebrating her 100th birthday at Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Learning Fire Safety

    During Fire Prevention Week, the Brownstown Fire Department invited students from Brownstown Elementary School to visit the first station.

    There, Brownstown firemen taught them about fire safety, explained the job that they do and helped the students have a little fun.
     

  • Audra Critcheloe helping others with disabilities

    Fifteen years ago Audra Critcheloe was born with a challenge that she has faced with courage and determination … and an ability to understand and help others with similar challenges.