Today's News

  • Visit with Lincoln this Saturday night

    While all of us surely know that Abraham Lincoln served in the Vandalia Statehouse, some may not know what he did while he was there. The opportunity to learn about that comes this Saturday night.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter is taking a road trip on Saturday, with the last of his three stops being the Statehouse. Lincoln will visit Illinois’ oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.
    While there, Lincoln will talk about his early days in the Illinois Legislature, which included making his first public stance against slavery.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured here as a second-grader about 40 years ago, this young man is now seean on the streets of Vandalia daily.

  • Two area residents die in weekend wrecks

    Two Fayette County residents were killed in separate accidents during the holiday weekend, and the county coroner is hoping that local residents can provide some help with one of those fatalities.
    The first of those accidents occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday near the Brownstown exit of Interstate 70 at the 68-mile marker.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, of Shobonier, mistakenly drove a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe east down the 68-mile marker exit ramp and into the westbound lanes of I-70.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 4

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gaige S. Jackson, 23, 225 W. Poplar St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 2 for failure to appear in Effingham County court on a misdemeanor charge. Bond was $10,000.
    • Shannon N. Lambert, 34, Salem, was arrested on Sept. 1 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked and on a Shelby County misdemeanor warrant. Bond totaled $3,500.

  • Citizen of the Year

    Tom Fedrigon, left, was named St. Elmo's "Citizen of the Year."  Fedrigon receives the honor from St. Elmo Mayor Ernie Myers during St. Elmo's Labor Day Celebration on Monday evening.

  • VCC inmate transferred pending assault charges

    An inmate who allegedly attacked an officer during the recent power outage at Vandalia Correctional Center has been moved to another prison pending the filing of criminal charges in this county.
    David W. Howell, 41, of Decatur, was processed at the Fayette County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery of a correctional officer.
    Howell was then taken to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest on the felony charge.

  • Wright is among the successful '47 graduates

    Several graduates of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947 have been featured in The Leader-Union in the past year, including Dr. Laurene Mabry and June Squibb, regarding their professional accomplishments.

  • Lincoln interpreter here on Saturday

    It was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Abraham Lincoln gained his first political experiences, and it was there that he first spoke out against slavery.
    This Saturday evening, Lincoln will tell about his time in Vandalia.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter will visit the Statehouse from 7-9 p.m. as part of a three-stop trip to state historic sites.
    The interpreter will visit the Bryant College State Historic Site in Bement at 9 a.m., where he will talk about Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas as they competed for a Senate seat in 1858.

  • Hiring officer gives VPD full-time investigator

    Hiring another officer “isn’t just to create another patrolman,” Police Chief Jeff Ray told Vandalia aldermen on Monday.
    Instead, the hiring of that officer would allow the department to have a full-time investigator, Ray said.
    At the recommendation of its personnel, finance and insurance committee, the city council voted to authorize the city’s police and fire commissioners to hire an officer.