Today's News

  • Bar owner challenging city smoking law

    A Vandalia bar owner who has been ticketed three times for allegedly violating a city ordinance by allowing smoking in her business is challenging the constitutionality of that ordinance as she seeks dismissal of the tickets.
    According to court records, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason issued tickets to Lisa Doyle, who owns the Redwood Inn with her husband, Albert, for alleged violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21. Those tickets were recently replaced with new tickets issued to G&T Holdings Inc.

  • County still struggling with state fund shortfalls

    The chairman of the Fayette County Board conceded to county department heads on Tuesday that he is beginning to sound like a broken record.
    But, Steve Knebel said, that’s because he wants the department heads to fully understand the county’s financial situation.
    Knebel told the department heads present for Tuesday’s board meeting, “Please, please, I’m begging you, look over (your budgets) and make cuts.

  • Rotary Club starts challenge for Vandalia blood drives

    Next Tuesday’s blood drive at the Vandalia Moose Lodge will feature a new competitive twist, as the Vandalia Rotary Club introduces its “Making a Difference” challenge.
    The Vandalia Lions Club has accepted this first-ever challenge.
    The winning club will receive $200 in cash for its favorite charity, its name on an engraved traveling plaque and, of course, all the bragging rights that accompany the victory.
    The winner is determined by the group having the most people attempting to give blood in the name of the club.

  • Marriage Licenses-Sept. 16, 2010

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun:
    Avery Gene Sprehe
    Candy Dean Dunnagan
    Cory John Glenn Willms
    Danielle Diane Kellow
    Cody Ryan Brummet
    Jordan Leann Kelly
    Judson Bartlett Craycroft
    Kathleen Lynn Woodward

  • Building Permits-Sept. 16, 2010

    The city of Vandalia's Building & Zoning Department issued the following permits in August:
    • Pete Burnam, for a retaining wall at 2065 S. Lake Drive (lake lot No. 132).
    • Darrell Pryor, for a new trailer, deck and holding tank at Vandalia Lake lot No. 1.
    • Joe and Mary Cole, for a fence at 833 N. Sixth St.
    • Fayette County Health Department, for a remodeling project at 416 W. Edwards St.
    • Jerry Summers, for a deck, steps and floating dock at Vandalia Lake lot No. 149.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 16, 2010

    • David R. Cruz, 28, San Elizario, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 13 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,000.
    • Desire L. Cunningham, 32, Shelbyville, was arrested on Sept. 13 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a  felony charge. Bond was $3,000.
    • Francisco J. Cueto, 19, Chicago, was arrested on Sept. 12 on charges of obstructing justice, obstructing a peace officer and speeding. He was being held for Cook County authorities.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 17

  • The Way We Were-SEpt. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – At the request of Mayor Rich Walker, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hire a Missouri firm to update the city’s zoning, subdivision, lake and interchange regulations.
    The city’s consulting engineering firm, HMG of Carlyle, recommended that the city increase its water and sewer rates. The proposed rate increase would be 35 percent. It would be the first rate hike since 1986.
    Site work began on the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman grew up in Lone Grove Township. She is married, and has a son, two grandsons, a stepdaughter, two stepgrandchildren and a grand- dog! She lives in Vandalia and works in a local factory.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Camille Ann (Hathaway) Brown.
    Identifying her were: Linda Townsend and Lily Reed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  dohbel eht luertt: eh lyno kemas srepgors nehw eh kitscs shi kenc uto.

  • McDowell competes in world auctioneer contest

    Among the 33 best auctioneers in the world gathered in Oklahoma City, Okla., this past June for the World Livestock Championship was Andrew McDowell, son of Mulberry Grove auctioneer, Alva R. McDowell, and his wife, Linda.
    Described as “the toughest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the world,” this was not Andrew’s first world championship.