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Today's News

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants met on Dec. 15 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for their Christmas party and luncheon, with 24 members and three guests present.
    President Dean Black welcomed everyone, followed by the pledge to the flag. Vera Miller gave the blessing for the meal.
    After the meal, Black called the meeting to order.
    The election of officers was held, with the current officers retained for the coming year: Dean Black, president; Mike Mulhern, vice president; and Elloise Black, secretary-treasurer.

  • Robison – 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Bill Robison of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

  • Ameren Donates to YMCA's Strong Kids
  • Kaskaskia College

    Beginning digital photography class
    The Kaskaskia College Department of Industrial and Continuing Education will offer a beginning digital photography class at the Vandalia Campus on Monday and Wednesday, January 23 and 25, from 6-8 p.m.
    The registration number for the class is COED 5428 VA01E.
    Get to know your digital camera and learn to take superior images. You will learn techniques to improve your action, portrait, scenic, travel, outdoor, and wildlife portraits. Take your digital camera.
    The cost is $20.

  • KC Associate's Degrees in Nursing
  • Pinning ceremony held on Dec. 7 for LPN graduates at KC Vandalia

    The pinning ceremony for the 2016 class of licensed practical nurses at Kaskaskia College Vandalia’s Campus was held on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  It was a very memorable moment in the lives in these students who have worked so hard to achieve this goal.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ebospmrl etrace ueotpirosntip.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Cy and Lorene Locke, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
    Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A murder that was never solved

    The case began with a telephone call to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in early December 1962.
    Lyle McDonald, the newly elected sheriff, took the call and was asked whether a loss claim for a wallet found in a schoolyard near Herrick had been made. The wallet contained $500 and belonged to a man named Tony O’Dell.
    The caller said he did not want to get involved, but the sheriff should check some schoolhouse wells in the Herrick area for a body.