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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 23, 2010

    • Christina S. Dozz, 32, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Bond was $1,000.
    • Jacob A. Jones, 23, 103 E. Fourth St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Bond was $100,000.
    • George L. McCray, 31, 127 E. Madison St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 20 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Bond was $300,000.

  • Police holding 'no questions asked' collection

    The Vandalia Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will conduct a “no questions asked” collection of pharmaceuticals and other medications that are expired, unwanted or unused.
    Residents may place the items in a box that will be in the lobby of the police department at 221 S. Fifth St.
    Police will not ask those taking advantage of the service for identification and will not attempt to identify those people in any manner.

  • Corn Day is Saturday

    The Vandalia Main Street Program is holding its annual Corn Day festival this Saturday in downtown Vandalia.
    The schedule for Corn Day is as follows:
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatable bouncers, with $3 armbands for unlimited play available.
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build-A-Scarecrow booth.
    • 11 a.m. – Little Miss and Little Mister Corn Day pageant.
    • Noon-2 p.m. – Sidewalk chalk art contest, with judging at 2 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m. – Live music by “Charlie’s Jam Band.”

  • Baucum ends 39-year career at Friendship Manor

    Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
    But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
    One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.

  • Firemen busy on Friday

  • School board OKs bonds for two building projects

    Though the Vandalia School Board’s regular meeting lasted only 45 minutes, the board covered a lot of ground – holding two special meetings prior to the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
    First on the agenda was a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider the sale of $300,000 in school fire prevention and safety bonds to finance recent Health/Life Safety improvements in the district.

  • Council delays funds for Main Street

    Two weeks after approving funding for the Vandalia Main Street Program, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hold off on writing that check.
    After a 20-minute discussion, the council excluded a $3,750 payment to Main Street from the list of special bills.
    That discussion was initiated by Alderman Mike Hobler, who was not present at the Sept. 6 meeting when the council voted 7-0 to approve a request from Main Street for half of the $7,500 funding included in the current city budget.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 23, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Fayette County Board voted to seek bids for the removal of asbestos from the old county nursing home on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia.
    Sophomore Gretchen Schneider was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School.

    20 Years Ago

    1990 – Molly Schumacher was crowned VCHS Homecoming queen.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 23, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This family photo was taken in 1954. The father was a corporal in the Army and fought in the Korean War. He and his son could often be seen racing at the Fayette County Speedway. The mother and daughter are both retired from state jobs. The father is deceased. The mother and son live in the Brownstown area, and the daughter lives in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Twyla Haynes Durbin.
    Identifying her was: Rosemary Case.

  • Schneider home used as school for a time

    In July 1935, the Vandalia School District purchased the two-story brick house on the corner of Third and Randolph streets, built by John J. Schneider, Vandalia’s premier boot and shoe dealer.
    The home was built around the same time as the high school building, and by 1935, more room was needed because of the increase in student census. My late aunt, Vida Rebbe Freeman, remembered attending home economics classes in this house.