Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – With power outages in the summer a possibility, Mayor Sandra Leidner was wanting the city of Vandalia to develop an emergency plan.
    At the Vandalia City Council meeting, it was reported that the city's sewer odor problem appeared to be on the mend.
    Victor and Betty Hill of Van-dalia, and Alva and Maxine Lovall of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Bill and Marie Durbin were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Zent Drive was home of Jeremiah Zent

    Have you ever wondered why, when they got around to naming the roads near Vandalia Lake, the main road snaking over what locals refer to as “Thrill Hill” was named Zent Drive?
    As with many of Vandalia’s streets, it was named for a family whose settlement here was important to the area. But unlike other street designations, Jeremiah Zent settled near the road that would later bear his name.

  • FAYCO needs our help to expand recycling

    Nearly two years ago, FAYCO Enterprises launched a recycling program that has allowed Vandalia area residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of a higher percentage of their trash.
    Now, FAYCO has an opportunity to expand its recycling operation. And local residents – as they have for the past two years – can play a part in that expansion.

  • News Briefs

    Tourist Center on summer schedule

    The Vandalia Tourist Information Center, which houses the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, is now operating under its summer schedule.
    The center, located at 1408 N. Fifth St., is now open on weekends – from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
    As usual, the center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.
    Summer hours run from Memorial Day weekend through Sept. 30.
    For more information, call the chamber office at 283-2728.

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    Kyle Wayne Sapp
    Tashawna Nicole Morrison

    Jason Michael Buie
    Bambi Nichole Kistler

    Jerry Lee Miller
    Michelle Lea Wilson

    Mark David Ambuehl
    Angela Dawn Campbell

    Aaron Thomas Brewer
    Danielle Sue Ballard

  • Fayette Water meeting is Tuesday night

    Fayette Water Co.
    As was mentioned in an article in a recent issue of The Leader-Union, Phase VI (Vandalia Lake area) is limited to homes in areas on the approved plans.
    Members of Fayette Water in these areas are the only ones shown as getting a meter.
    Anyone who is not a member and wants to be connected to Fayette Water’s system should fill out a membership form as soon as possible.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Carla M. Durbin, 31, Pana, turned herself in on a warrant for residential burglary, theft more than $500 and criminal damage to property. Bond was $25,000.
    • Cortez Yarbough, 33, East St. Louis, was arrested on June 11 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked, driving 83 mph in a 65-mph zone and illegal transportation of alcohol. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert L. Davis, 36, 100 Spooner St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 11 on a charge of battery. He was released on a notice to appear in court.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 14

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, June 16

    ✔ A country music dance is held from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday at the old Seminary Schoolhouse south of Hagarstown. For more information, call 267-8386 or 367-1506.
    Sunday, June 20

  • Weaver had fun growing up in hard times

    You might say Loretta Weaver is a transplant to Illinois, as she was born and grew up in the boot hills of Missouri.

  • Craig named to EMA post

    The Fayette County Health Department employee who works as the emergency coordinator for that agency will now also provide that service for Fayette County.