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Today's News

  • Investigation into last Tuesday's fire continuing

    As the investigation into last week’s downtown fire winds down, and as businesses dislocated by that fire settle into temporary quarters, Vandalia officials have begun efforts to assist those businesses and clean up the charred remains.

    The Vandalia Main Street Program also has announced that it wants to provide information to owners of downtown buildings on preventing both the start and spread of fires.

  • City will ask unions for wage freezes

    In hopes of avoiding layoffs and furlough days, Vandalia officials will be asking city employees to agree to wage freezes for six months.

    After meeting in closed session for close to an hour on Monday, the city council agreed to take proposals for wage increases to the unions representing the city’s laborers, police officers and telecommunicators.

    The city has prepared memorandums of understanding for the pay freezes, which would run from May 1-Oct. 31, and Mayor Rick Gottman said the city will attempt to set up a meeting with the union representatives.

  • City has to search for owners of Letters and Logos

    One of the city of Vandalia’s first steps in attempting to recoup loan money given to a local industry is finding the owners of that industry.

    In January and February in Fayette County Circuit Court, the city was granted temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against Letters and Logos Inc., and its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Buehler.

  • No March Madness for Vandalia

    Vandalia fans will have to be content with following Illinois High School basketball March Madness from the stands and in their homes this month, as the Vandals season came to an end three-points short of spilling over into the third month of the year.

    Friday night in front of one of its biggest crowds of the season, the Vandals fell to Pana, 48-45. The third time this season and the second in the past seven days, the game was really a toss up for teams who had split the two regular season meetings.

  • Neighbors United for St. Elmo's Future plans to address many issues

    After Mayor Larry Tish fired Ken Thomason late last year, several factions of St. Elmo residents began efforts to get Thomason reinstated as police chief. Several months later, those factions came together to form one group.

    And while the reinstatement of Thomason is currently the main focus of Neighbors United for St. Elmo’s Future, the president of the new group said it plans to get involved on all issues affecting the community and its residents.

  • Franciscos overcome several obstacles

    Following Matt Philbrick’s inspirational message at the recent Lenten Luncheon at First Christian Church in Vandalia, the pastor of the host church, the Rev. Robert Francisco, further blessed the meeting as he gave a beautiful rendition of “Bethlehem Morning,” sung with such reverence that it could have served as the benediction. He has been pasturing churches since 1992.

    Meet Francsico  and his wife, Euna.

    A Bit of History

  • Wrestlers defeated by injuries and Gibson City at state tourney

    One might say that Vandalia was lucky to get past Roxana in the sectional last Tuesday, but if that’s the case, Gibson City and the rest of the field were lucky that Vandalia wasn’t at full strength going into the dual team state tournament on Saturday. Not to place Vandalia’s 43-26 loss to the Falcons on the shoulders of those who weren’t well enough to wrestle, but the chatter going on in the stands was full of a lot of “what if’s” surrounding Vandalia’s health. What if Trever Pyle, Brendan Cripe and Justin Hill were all heathy?

  • Field of Dreams meeting moved to Tuesday, March 2

    The monthly Field of Dreams meeting has been moved to Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • Question prompts look at county schools

    An internet query from Jane Cox, a Leader-Union reader, is the impetus for this column. Jane wanted to know if a list of county schools was available, along with information about those still standing. 

    The answer is “yes.”

  • Vandals move on to regional championship, will play Pana on Friday

    Vandalia used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Hillsboro, 55-51, on Wednesday night. The Vandals hit 13 of 17 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and Marty Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to fuel the late rally.

    Vandalia will play Pana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It has split meetings against Pana this season. Last Saturday the Vandals fell to Pana 77-67. Earlier in the month Vandalia won at home, 57-39.