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Today's News

  • John Metzger an early member of St. Paul

    John Metzger, a 42-year-old brick manufacturer, landed in Vandalia on July 10, 1863, following a long voyage from his home in Canton Schofthausen, Switzerland, through the port of Havre, France, to New York aboard the “Goshen” and on to Chicago, arriving July 4, 1863.   
    With him on the perilous journey was his wife, Mary Magdalene (Stihl), and their seven children: John Ulrich, Jacob, Anna, Margarette, Mary Magdalene, John H. and Louise Metzger. One more son, Gottfried, would be born in Fayette County.

  • County website is a good project

    If you have visited the Fayette County website, you have noticed that it’s not really useful in your daily dealings with the county. And, some of the information there is even outdated.
    On Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved a proposal to have a company that specializes in the development and design of government websites.
    Hopefully, that partnership will create and maintain a website that is increasingly more valuable to county residents and others who have dealings with the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ted Miller
    Identifying him was: Todd Blackwell
    This week’s Scrambler: I oluwd herart ied fo sonpisa ntha fo romdboe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: You become what you believe.
    Oprah Winfrey

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Vandalia City Council hired Jeanne Gustafson as director of economic development. The Leader-Union unveiled its new farm page, to be a regular feature on the first and third Fridays of each month.
    Local farmers were experimenting with canola.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Area law enforcement agencies worked together to find and destroy at least 1,200 marijuana plants in Fayette County last week. The estimated street value of the marijuana was at least $25,000.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Michael B. White, 23, Centralia, was arrested on Sept. 9 on charges of reckless driving, driving while his license is suspended and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $2,000.
    • Zachary A. Lay, 27, Mascoutah, was arrested on Sept. 8 on a charge of driving while his license is revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • A 17-year-old Vandalia resident was arrested on charges of theft more than $500 and theft of a motor vehicle. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball and softball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • A visit from Abe
  • Committee backs TIF funds for pool

    Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee recommended on Monday that the city contribute TIF funds to the Vandalia Swimming Pool project.
    However, the recommended amount is not quite what the Vandalia Park District is seeking from the city.
    Also on Monday, just a week after the city council rejected one TIF request from Dennis Grubaugh for one project, the advisory committee recommended giving Grubaugh assistance on another project.

  • County OKs proposal for new, improved website

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday took action designed to provide the county with a website that is both more informational and more useful for county residents.
    The board accepted a proposal from Civic Plus, a company that specializes in the design, development and maintenance of government-run websites.
    The county will pay Civic Plus $4,500 through a three-year contract that includes a fourth-year option for $551. Civic Plus, which is based in Manhattan, Kan., and has an office in St. Louis, has contracts with numerous municipalities in Illinois and Missouri.

  • Wright successful after graduation in 1947

    Last week, Fayette Faces remembered Norman Wright, one of the 1947 graduates of Vandalia High School who went on to make a difference in their chosen careers.