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Today's News

  • Thomason files suit against Tish alleging slander

    The St. Elmo man who served as that town’s police chief until being fired last November is suing the man who fired him.

    Ken Thomason, who was St. Elmo’s police chief for about 16 years, is alleging in a complaint filed last Thursday in Fayette County Circuit Court that Larry Tish slandered him a number of times.

    Thomason is suing Tish as an individual and not for any actions while serving as mayor of the community. He is alleging that Tish’s slanderous comments stem from his arrest by Thomason in the past.

  • County OKs drug court partnership

    Fayette County will join Effingham County to comply with a new state law mandating a new way of handling many drug offenders.

    The county board on Tuesday approved Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel’s recommendation to become a part of Effingham County’s existing Drug Court Program.

    Friedel explained to the county board that recent legislation mandates that each county have its own such program or partner with another county. He said the partnership with Effingham County seems to be this county’s best option.

  • Lady Bombers upset SC, 50-46

    It may be a little premature to call Brownstown’s win over South Central on Monday the upset of the decade, but it certainly is the upset of the season, as the Lady Bombers took down the Lady Cougars in overtime, 50-46, in the first round of the regional tournament.

    South Central entered the season as the reigning regional champs with extremely-high expectations. The season started with a bang, but over the last four weeks or so, the Lady Cougars have struggled and their season came to an end with red eyes and sniffles as they left the gym on Monday night.

  • Area games canceled

    All of Tuesday night's area basketball games have been canceled. 

    Vandalia vs. South Central has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18.

    St. Elmo at Christ Our Rock has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11.

    Regional tournament games at South Central will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 10. CHBC vs. Dieterich at 6 p.m. and Altamont vs. Brownstown at 8:10 p.m.

  • Abe winners make others' lives better

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce each year picks two individuals to honor for their contributions to the chamber and the community. The two people picked this year represent what the Abe Award means.

    Sharon LaDage is probably most well-known as an educator. The Vandalia native taught English at the junior high and high school levels for 34 years, and also served as the Vandalia Community High School yearbook adviser and gifted coordinator for the Vandalia School District.

  • Adelyn Connors returned to Vandalia roots

    It wasn’t a total surprise to see an obituary for Adelyn Meek Connors in The Leader-Union a few weeks back. Adelyn was 94 years old, having been born in Vandalia on Dec. 30, 1914, the youngest of six children of George and Dora Luker Meek.

    Ten years earlier, Adelyn had contacted me for information about her Meek family. Having left Vandalia when she was 18 to further her education at Northwestern University, Adelyn knew to whom she was related, but wanted to get the names organized so she could see the relationships more clearly.

  • Abe Award a surprise ee" and a motivation

    There I was, minding my own business. Just doing my job.

    My task for the evening last Thursday was to cover the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

    Several speakers took the stage. Outgoing president, Joanna Helm, talked about the accomplishments the chamber has made during the past year. Incoming president, Shaun Murray, outlined his goals for the coming year.

    And emcee Kevin Childers took on all comers with a barrage of jabs and jokes to keep the mood light – and to keep people running for cover.

  • Nickels looks back on his 100th birthday

    He remembers the dirt road that the stagecoach ran on many years ago. What is now U.S. Route 185 south, was then a dirt road called Vincennes Road, “because it ran from Vincennes, Ind., to Vandalia, Ill.,” he said.

    “I traveled it a lot. The stagecoach would go through here from Vincennes, on the way to Vandalia, and would stop at the old brick house on (U.S.) Route 40. It was an inn, then,” he said.

  • City learns it's costly to open Gallatin blocks

    Once they found out the cost, Vandalia officials weren’t so interested in getting a two-block stretch of Gallatin Street open when construction is delayed.

    The council declined on Monday night to take any action on a request from numerous individuals, including some aldermen and businesses in that two-block section, to open the 300 and 400 blocks of Gallatin open to traffic when weather brought a halt to work on the downtown project.

  • LaDage, Bell receive Abe Awards

    Two individuals with long careers in Vandalia and equally long lists of volunteer involvements were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Sharon LaDage received the Abe Award for non-chamber members, while Dave Bell received the award for chamber members.