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Today's News

  • Chamber members discuss future of the organization

    Though there was no outside program for last Wednesday’s meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, its officers used the occasion to hold an open discussion about the future direction of the organization.
    Before that discussion was held, it was announced that this year’s chamber president, Shaun Murray, had resigned because his new job in Effingham makes it impossible for him to fulfill his duties with the local chamber.

  • Willms, Reed build pirate ship for BES library

    “Shiver Me Timbers," a pirate ship is dry-docked in the Brownstown Elementary School library…much to the delight of the BES students.
    Thanks to the ingenuity and ship-building skills of “Captain Melvin” (Willms) and “First Mate Jerry” (Reed), who answered the plea of Lady Verla, a.k.a. by the students as Mrs. Reed.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 9, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Old Settlers Social, an event which featured an old-fashioned ham and beans dinner, music and a performance by the 175th Celebration Dancers, raised about $4,000 for the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.
    Karen Chaplin, a native of California, was sworn in as the new postmaster at the Brownstown Post Office.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Timmons were planning to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

  • Trammel terrorized area with Clingmans

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.
    Robbery was the motive, but a little killing didn’t seem to upset Joe Trammel, as he fired through a window, shooting John Morris in the head as he sat "at table."
    Truths retained in the old family stories handed down from generation to generation never cease to amaze me. Finding supporting facts that bear out these stories is something else.

  • Support co-op's rummage sale this Saturday

    It promises to be hog heaven for rummage sale fans.
    This Saturday's rummage sale, which will line several blocks of Gallatin Street with treasures of all descriptions, will feature dozens of vendors – all within easy walking distance.

  • South Central volleyball match changes venue

    The South Central High School volleyball team will play tonight's match against the Clay City/Noble co-op at Noble instead of Clay City as the original schedule indicated.

    The freshmen/sophomore game will start at 5:15 p.m. with the JV and varsity games to follow.

  • Vandalia falls to Carlinville 41-7

    The Vandalia High School football team fell to Carlinville High School 41-7 Friday night. The Vandals' lone score came on a a 13-yard sweep play by Nate Henna with 11:52 left in the game.

    A full recap will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • All Christians have reasons to be 'fishers of men'

    By Rev. Dave Hall

    The Gospel of Luke 5: 4–11 tells about Jesus’ first encounter with a commercial fisherman by the name of Peter.  In this story Jesus tells Peter to take his boat out into the water.  When Peter does this there are so many fish that He has to call for his friends to help him get them back to shore. Then Jesus tells Peter, his brother Andrew, and his friends James and John, to come follow him and become fishers of men.

  • South Central/Webber Township baseball to play single game

    Yesterday, South Central High School and Webber Township High School scheduled a doubleheader for this evening, but due to some transportation difficulties, the teams will now play a single game at 7 p.m. as originally scheduled.

  • Contemporary service to start on Sept. 16 at FUMC

    The First United Methodist Church of Vandalia will be launching a contemporary service on Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 16.

     Targeted for young adults from 18-35 (though certainly not limited to that age group), the 6:30 p.m. service will offer contemporary music, worship and a message. It will go by the name of Crossfire.