Today's News

  • Honoring Seniors
  • Bond set at $100,000 for man who causes three-county chase

    Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Shelbyville man who led police officers in three counties on a high-speed chase on Saturday evening.
    Michael R. Eakle, 39, was initially issued traffic citations for driving 1-10 mph over the speed limit, improper passing/safe distance, disregarding an official traffic-control device, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, driving on a revoked driver’s license, driving more than 35 mph over the speed limit and disregarding a stop sign.

  • Lions' parade is next Thursday

    The Vandalia Lions Club is honoring one of its longtime members and former officers at this year’s Halloween Parade.
    Bob DePaolo Sr., who has also been active locally as a member of the Fayette County Knights of Columbus at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church, has been chosen to serve as the grand marshal for the Lions’ 74th annual parade.
    The parade will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday, again starting at Seventh and Gallatin streets and traveling east on Gallatin to Third Street.

  • Two TIF grants the last for awhile

    Two weeks after supporting two Tax Increment Financing grants, as members of the city’s TIF Advisory Board, Vandalia aldermen formally approved those grants.
    And before Monday’s regular council meeting, aldermen agreed to not favor adding TIF funds to a grant award approved last month.
    The council approved a grant of up to $34,887.64 to Radliff Properties, which Rick and Cindy Radliff will apply toward renovating a section of the former Allen Furniture building to create a restaurant.

  • School district puts in place plans to address bullying issue

    A month after hearing from concerns about bullying in the Vandalia School District from a parent, the district is holding a community presentation on bullying.
    The bullying education program will be held next Tuesday, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the Vandalia Community High School gym.
    Nancy Beem of the Community Resource Center will speak on four topics:
    • Bullying vs. conflict
    • Peer conflict resolution
    • Proper reporting
    • Resources/sources

  • ETSB discusses ambulance issue

    Rushed efforts to get a second ambulance service available for Fayette County early last week and a way to prevent that in the future were discussed at length last Thursday evening.
    That discussion came during a regular meeting of the county’s Emergency Telephone Systems Board, which is charged with seeing that ambulances are dispatched on 911 calls.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s 911 coordinator, said that he was notified early last Tuesday morning that Vandalia Area Ambulance and Altamont Ambulance shut down their business.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.
    Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.
    This week’s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.

  • Volunteers, support needed

    It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.
    For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.