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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 3, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Rick Wells and Greg Baumann.
    Identifying them were: Lester Swofford, Linda Moreland, Neil Henna and Peggy Hunt.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew nelar morf cripeenexe ahtt emn verne laner romf reepixceen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Being Rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.

  • Many county men, women in Civil War

    In my past two columns, I have written about local events surrounding the upcoming 150th anniversary observance of the start of the Civil War on Feb. 11 and 12.

  • Mueller, Knebel worthy of Abes

    It’s always more fun to honor someone when they don’t expect it, and when they honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is all about. Then, you can be assured that they’re doing their good deeds for the right reasons.
    Such was the case with this year’s honorees for the Abe Awards, presented last Thursday by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the prestigious awards for exemplary community service work were Joyce Mueller and Doug Kenebel.

  • Civil War Ball will kick off Lincoln festivities

    Picture this. It is a brisk mid-winter evening in Vandalia, in the year 1861, 150 years ago.

  • Evans Library Board makes long-range plans for new building

    Preliminary discussions on building a new home for Evans Public Library in Vandalia are just that – preliminary.

  • Two Buildings/Two Separate Issues

    There has been talk in the community that the Evans Youth Center will be torn down to make way for a new public building.

  • Winter storm leaves thick layer of ice

    What has been termed by many as Illinois’ worst winter storm in decades sent most city and county government employees home early on Tuesday and allowed them to stay there on Wednesday.

  • Sports cancellations -- Tuesday, Feb. 1

    The Vandalia High School boys basketball game at Pana has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 7.

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball game at Greenville has been canceled and will not be made up. Instead the first-round regional tournament game will count in the conference standings. That game is on Saturday.

    St. Elmo boys basketball against Teutopolis has been canceled and rescheduled for a later date.

    Ramsey boys basketball against Altamont has been canceled.

    All Brownstown athletic events have been canceled.

  • Sports cancellations -- Monday, Jan. 31

    The following Vandalia sports have been canceled for Monday, Jan. 31.

    •Freshman boys basketball
    •Fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball
    •Sixth-grade boys basketball

    The Brownstown High School girls basketball game at Cowden-Herrick has been canceled.

    The South Central High School girls basketball game against Noble has been canceled.

  • Area schools dismissing early

    Area schools are dismissing early this afternoon (Monday) due to weather:

    Vandalia-Jefferson Primary, 1:15 p.m.; Vandalia Elementary and Junior High School, 1:25 p.m.; and the high school, 1:30.

    Brownstown-Elementary, 1:15 p.m., and junior high-high school, 1:20 p.m.

    St. Elmo-2 p.m.

    Ramsey-1:30 p.m.