Today's News

  • KC Graduates

    Kaskaskia College has announced its December graduates:
    Associate in Arts
    • Kinmundy – Jonathon Phillip Jahraus.
    • Mulberry Grove – Kylee BriAnne Bolyard.
    • St. Elmo – Perry E. Manley.
    • Vandalia – Amber Irene Duckworth, Taylor J. Mosley, Dalton R. Nichols and Sasha S. Price.
    Associate in General Studies
    • Vandalia – Ruth Irene Hathaway and Michelle Sarver.
    Associate’s Degree-Nursing
    • Patoka – Skyler E. Payne.

  • Dean's Lists

    Kaskaskia College
    Kaskaskia College has announced its academic honor rolls for the 2015 fall semester.
    The names of the students who complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in all courses for which the student registered and earn a 4.0 current semester grade average are published at the end of the semester as the full-time student president’s list. Students who earn a grade average of 3.5 or above are named to the full-time student dean’s list.

  • Scholarships, loan available through FNB

    The First National Bank Trust Department is now accepting applications from area high school seniors for several scholarships.
    Scholarships available only to Vandalia Community High School students are: Golda W. Shuman Scholarship; Charles A. Evans Scholarship; Jennifer Rogers Knebel Scholarship; Tamara Gail Vosholler Memorial Scholarship; Douglas R. Rames Scholarship; and VHS Alumni Scholarship.
    The VFW Post 3862 of Vandalia offers a scholarship to sons, daughters or grandchildren of its members.

  • Delay in primary ballot certification likely

    Fayette County Clerk Vicky L. Conder announced late last week that ongoing objections to several presidential candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of by mail and early voting on February 4.

  • Younger generation will need to step up

    Every December for the past several decades, families picking up their Caring and Sharing baskets in Vandalia were initially greeted by a man wearing a Santa hat bearing the words, “Bah, Humbag.” But, in reality, the guy wearing that hat expressed the true meaning of Christmas.
    Bob Hayner also expressed the true meaning and value of volunteerism.
    We’ve talked many times in this space about the importance of a community having residents willing to step forward to give of their time and effort for volunteer groups and projects.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Shirley Hoyle Lacey.
    Identifying her were: Carole Mitchell, Janet Lach, Carolyn Sasse, Jeanette Dippold and Doris Young.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro tpisaoirsna ear rou isbsipeosilti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Experience is the name we give our mistakes.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6½ years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Voting aid for elderly, disabled available

    Under the federal Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act, assistance  for the elderly and disabled voters is available through the Fayette County Clerk-Election Authority’s Office.
    Public notice is further given of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by absentee ballot and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John M. Doyle, 39, 1043 U.S. Highway 51, Shobonier, was arrested on Jan. 25 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $25,000.
    • Charles Gifford, 33, Sorento, was arrested on Jan. 25 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Rose A. Woolsey, 27, 530 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 25 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.