Today's News

  • Thompson fourth-generation in floral shops

    A new florist has opened its doors in Vandalia, and Drake Thompson is the fifth generation of his family to carry on the tradition of providing flowers for the citizens of Vandalia and surrounding areas.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    • St. James Lutheran annual chili supper, 727 W. Gallatin St., 4-7 p.m.
    • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade, 7 p.m.
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house at the former Washington School, after the parade.
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house, 7-11 p.m.
    • Downtown Trick of Treat – story time at Evans Public Library, 10 a.m.; downtown trick or treating, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; children’s costume contest at Family Video, 12:30 p.m.

  • Truitt named Lions' parade grand marshal

    A Vandalia woman who was raised here, then became involved in numerous community organizations after moving back is the grand marshal for the 72nd annual Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade.

  • The ramifications of sexting

    Vandalia Community High School students learned last week that sending sexual text and photo messages has both moral and legal ramifications.

  • Traffic stop nets big drug bust

    A Utah woman is being held in Fayette County Jail on $500,000 bond after being arrested on felony cannabis charges last Thursday afternoon.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl was raised in Shafter, and both she and her daughter teach.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Janet Lach, Lorna Hoyle, Margo Hoyle, Lisa Hoyle and Bill Hoyle.
    Identifying them were: Jessie Maske, Charlie and Linda Townsend, Kathy Bauer, Harold Bergin, Roger and Betty Roe, Joyce Maske Huddlestun, Ada Carroll, Melody Lach, Mary Ann Rhoades, Roger Corrington, Elaine Michel, Elaine McCormick and Pat Harris.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  The city of Vandalia expressed interest in joining the recently formed Illinois Presidential Corridor. Mayors in Dixon, Eureka, Galena, Springfield and Tampico – communities, which served as homes for U.S. presidents - were forming the group.
    Janice Isbell was sworn in as an alderwoman in Ward I for the city of Vandalia. She was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rich Walker following the death of her husband, Tom.
    Floyd and Joann Hopkins were planning to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

  • Thompson among those with the 'fever'

    They took their name from the year the rush began. On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall, while making his daily inspection, discovered gold in the mill race of his employer, John Sutter. The news was told in a short paragraph in the March 15, 1848 issue of The Californian.
    In 1849 alone, it was estimated that 9,000 men traveled the southwestern route by way of Santa Fe, while 22,500 traveled the emigrant tails. St. Joseph and Independence, Mo., as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa, were staging areas for the westward-bound wagon trains.

  • Have a fun – and safe – Halloween

    The Halloween season is upon us, which means that it's time for trick-or-treating, a haunted house and, of course, our largest parade of the year, the Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween parade.
    It's a time to enjoy dressing up in costume, getting all kinds of Halloween treats and enjoying the seasonal decorations created by our local residents.
    But, there are some safety issues that everyone needs to remember, particularly on the night of the parade.

  • Area Prep Roundup (Oct. 22)

    South Central Volleyball
    The Lady Cougars opened up the National Trail Conference tournament with two wins last Thursday, a 25-11, 25-17 win over Altamont and a 25-13, 25-19, win over Cowden Herrick/Beecher City.
    On Friday they were able to pick up a close, 25-21, 26-24 win over St. Anthony setting themselves up against St. Elmo/Brownstown for a chance to advance to the championship game.
    They fell to SEB, 25-16, 25-17, putting them in a rematch with St. Anthony in the third-place game.