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Today's News

  • Rotary Wins Challenge With FBC

    The Vandalia Rotary successfully defended a challenge by First Baptist Church of Vandalia in the latest round of the Rotary Challenge.

  • Family Life Consultants now MCS Counseling

    Dr. Melanie C. Schaafsma of Vandalia recently announced that she is no longer associated with the Family Life Consultants therapy group of Collinsville and has opened her own private practice as of April 1.

  • Maranatha's Donates To SAFE, Lighthouse

    A fundraising raffle held recently by Maranatha's Salon of Vandalia raised $3,212 that will be split by two area charities, SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) and Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. Accepting the ceremonial check from Maranatha Cripe, left, are Becky Kerkhoff, center, of Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Dorothy Schultz of SAFE. The "Spread The Love" promotion was sponsored by LOREAL, and only one salon in downstate Illinois was selected to participate.

  • Zone adds equipment, remodels

    Eric Rickman, who along with his wife, Tracy, owns The ZONE of Vandalia, is shown in the first photo supervising a workout for member Sarah Cripe. The ZONE has recently added several new Hammer Strength machines, second photo, and remodeled its facility at 320 W. Jefferson St. As a part of the remodeling job, the Rickmans installed new lighting and moved all of the cardio equipment to a separate room in the back part of the building. The facility is open to members 24-hours per day, and is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-0300.   

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 14, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aspiring race car driver grew up in Vandalia and now operates a business here. The photo was taken about 1949.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Linda Hanabarger.

  • The Way We Were-April 14, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Tornadoes in southern Fayette County caused damage estimated at $500,000. No injuries or deaths were reported from the group of twisters, which also caused damage in Marion County estimated at $10 million.
    The Vandalia City Council recommended that city residents be surveyed about a change in the form of city government.
    After the completion of some rehabilitation work to the old Presbyterian Church, the Fayette County Museum was set to re-open.

  • Hurricane Creek the largest in Fayette

    Some years back, Leo Marty of Ramsey asked me to write a column about the creeks of Fayette County. I had written about the villages, schools, people and roads, but nothing on the creeks and branches that run through the valleys of Fayette County.

  • Be cautious on rural roadways

    The signs of spring are beginning appear – the grass is growing, flowers are blooming and kids are outside playing. Add to that list the movement of farm equipment.
    Generally, the arrival of spring means more traffic on our roads. Motorcyclists are out on their bikes, and people are beginning to take more weekend jaunts. Rising gas prices – with some experts predicting that a gallon of gas will increase to $5 per gallon this summer ­­– could change that somewhat.

  • Vandalia native has become a successful author

    Rosemary “Rosie” Gerkin’s family could be considered as pioneers in Vandalia.
    A life-long resident of Vandalia, Rosie and her husband, the late Dennis Gerkin, are the parents of sons Denny and Jimmy Joe.

  • Two found guilty on meth charges

    Two local men were convicted of methamphetamine charges in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    A jury deliberated for a little more than three hours before returning guilty verdicts against Travis W. Metzger and Brian E. Scholes.
    Both Metzger, of Vandalia, and Scholes, of Brownstown, were found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing materials.