Today's News

  • Three arrested on meth charges

    Three individuals were arrested on methaphetamine charges on Friday as a result of an ongoing investigation.

  • Election 2017

    While most of us are focusing on the general election this November, some individuals are already looking ahead to next spring, when a consolidated election is held for municipalities, school boards and park districts.

  • Growing crops ... & young minds

    “I’ve had 35-year-old people who have lived in this community all of their life ask me why farmers are blowing all of the corn out the back of the combine.”

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 29

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Brayan G. Gomez, 24, Waldorf Motel, St. Elmo, was arrested on Sept. 27 on charges of speeding and driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,200.
    • Justin W. Schomer, 28, 111 E. Fourth St., Ramsey, was arrested on Sept. 26 for failure to appear in court. He was being held for Marion County authorities.
    • Joseph G. Johnson, 48, 314 W. Fourth St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Sept. 26 on charges of obstructing justice and resisting a peace officer. No bond information was listed.

  • 'Party in the Park'
  • VCHS Homecoming candidates
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the  LeFevre, Zeman,  Oldfield & Lawinger law office in Vandalia.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal and teacher Bob McAllister died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.
    They're still in that area, retired and enjoying their large circle of family and friends.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: scusces si a ruenjyo, tno a iotsnatnied.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Lions really had no other option

    In case you missed it, this item was in the 25 Years Ago section of The Way We Were on this page last week:
    Starting with the VCHS homecoming parade Friday, the city of Vandalia had new rules governing parades. Those rules stated that parade participants would no longer be able to throw candy or other give-away items, and that parade watchers would be required to stay on sidewalks.
    That tells you how long crowd control has been an issue. In fact, it's continually gotten worse, especially in recent years.