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Today's News

  • Flood challenges us to enjoy life's detours

    A week and a half ago, I ventured into the Everglades-like country that – at most times of the year – is the fertile farmland of central Iowa.

    Never, ever, have I seen it like that. Not in all of my growing-up years there have I seen flooding like they experienced in the southeastern part of the state.

    Of course, my first thoughts were for the poor people whose lives have been turned upside down by the flooding. The damage they face is truly devastating, and the cleanup effort will take months – years in some cases.

  • County native was pioneer in aviation

    Many years ago, I became custodian of an old handkerchief box containing obituaries and family information about the Charles and Gertrude Clark St. Pierre family. It had been kept by Miss Genevieve Capps, and passed on by Mary Joyce Capps.

    I had heard of the St. Pierre family the St. Pierre corner south of Bayle City being notorious as a dangerous intersection. The family came to this area before the Civil War. Edmond St. Pierre was born in Canada, and his wife, Catharine LaGarce, was born in Versailles, France.

  • CSX will fix Remann crossing

    After hearing numerous complaints from local residents, CSX Railroad plans to rehabilitate the Remann Street crossing.

    However, the crossing will not be improved to the level desired by city officials, and CSX apparently doesnt plan to make improvements to other crossings in town.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at a city council committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon that a company official told him that CSX will close the Remann Street crossing for two-three months to repair the crossing.

  • Huber leads Post 95 to split with T-Town

    Hillsboro import Kyle Huber tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking just one, leading the Post 95 Sr. American Legion baseball team to 6-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Teutopolis.

    Huber's teammates gave him all the support he'd need in the opening frame, as Luke Murfin continued his hot hitting with a two-run double and Trevor Summers had an RBI single.

    Adam Hosick added a two-run single in the fifth.

  • VCHS Athletics HOF nominations due July 31

    Nominations for this year's class of the Vandalia Community High School Athletic Hall of Fame are due by July 31. Forms should be sent to Brian Kern, VCHS Athletic Director, 1109 N. 8th St., Vandalia, IL, 62471. Forms are available at the high school office and may also be dropped off there.

    In order to be nominated, the following qualifications must be met:

    The candidate must be a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, a distinguished varsity team, a former coach or a supportive fan.

  • Booher is L-U's Baseball Player of the Year

    St. Elmo baseball coach Ryan Beccue couldn't help but laugh.

    Sitting at his desk in the coach's office at St. Elmo High School recently, Beccue listened with amusement as Colton Booher reflected on his final spring season and the "slump" that had him stressing early on.

    "I knew I'd come around and hit eventually," Booher said. "But it was just a crappy way to start."

    To hear Booher talk, you'd think he started the season 0 for 20. But Beccue quickly interjected and put things in proper perspective.

  • City will enforce Gallatin parking law

    Instead of changing the law governing parking along Gallatin Street downtown, a Vandalia City Council committee has decided that the city will enforce the law currently on the books.

    And the Vandalia Police Department plans to begin stricter enforcement of that law on July 1.

    That law limits parking on Gallatin Street between Third Street and Sixth Street to two hours, 24 hours a day.

  • Sheriff's office has dog to help sniff out drugs, missing persons

    The newest member of Fayette County Sheriffs Office law enforcement team does not sit behind the wheel in a squad car. In fact, he doesnt even sit in the front seat.

    Phantom sits in the back seat of Deputy Shawn Carters squad car, always ready to assist Carter, Sheriff Aaron Lay and other county officers in drug cases or in searches for missing individuals.

    A German shephard, Phantom is now Carters constant companion.

  • Vandalia's fight to keep Orgill continues

    Contrary to rumors that were circulating in the community late last week, Orgill Inc. has not yet determined where it will build a new distribution center.

    That means that Vandalia is still in the running for that center, which will measure about 700,000 square feet and employ up to 350 people.

    It also means that the company has not yet decided to close its distribution center on Veterans Avenue, which employs about 140 people.

  • UPDATE-Large crowd gathers for Orgill support photo

    UPDATE-Posted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday – A large crowd gathered on the lawn of the Orgill facility in Vandalia on Tuesday afternoon to show their support for a larger distribution center in Vandalia.

    The crowd gathered for a photo organized by a group of employees led by Justin Arndt.

    For more, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

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    UPDATE: To show the community's support for Orgill, and the jobs that the company provides locally, the employees have organized a community photo at the facility at Veterans Avenue at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).