Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fire destroyed the Ronald Daisley home in rural Vandalia.
    Tom Diveley of Vandalia was named Sandoval’s postmaster.
    Arcola’s powerhouse football team crushed Vandalia 44-0.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –  The Fayette County United Fund Board of Directors set the 1984-85-campaign goal at $32,875. Seventeen agencies, two more than the previous  year, will receive funds from this year’s drive was Ernie Chappel.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Alyiah M. Fuller, 18, Sparta, was arrested on Sept. 15 for failure to appear in court in a traffic case. Bond was $2,500, and she was released in a personal recognizance bond.
    • Kari M. Blake, 22, Limington, Maine, was arrested on Sept. 15 on charges of possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,500.
    • Trevor W. Yokley, 21, 1014 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 15 on a charge of possession of synthetic drugs. Bond was $15,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    We did not have a Banks photo last week
    This week’s Scrambler: ctouinade stsoc nomye. tub neht os seod nreagiocn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

  • Lankfords donate 1840 land documents

    About a week ago, I received an emergency e-mail from Susan Etcheson, who had company coming into town to accomplish some genealogical research in a very short amount of time.
    The extended relatives, Tom and Pam Lankford, and his sister, Binky, were coming to Vandalia to visit their mother’s hometown.

  • Getting officers on the same page

    It’s not unusual for two or more law enforcement entities to respond to an accident or other type of incident. Sometimes, the officers don’t even know each other or what each other is capable of doing.
    Even before he takes over as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith wants to remedy that. He also wants to be involved in the training of all of those officers.
    Last Tuesday, Smith, working with Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, held the first Fayette County law enforcement meetings.

  • VFW ruck march is this Saturday

    Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770 is holding a fundraiser on Saturday that will have participants walking a considerable distance.
    The post is holding a nine-mile ruck march/walk, with participants taking off from the American Legion Home in Vandalia and trekking to the Post 9770 Home in Brownstown.
    For those not wishing to make the full march, there is an alternate starting point in Bluff City.
    After the march, a meal and refreshments will be served at the VFW Home, The event will include live music and raffles, including a gun raffle.

  • Briefs

    VCHS Alumni
    Banquet Sept. 27

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends will hold the VCHS All-School Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the American Legion Home.
    The reunion included a social hour with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar from 5-6:30 p.m., dinner from 6:30-8 p.m., presentations of the Distinguished Alumni Awards at 8 p.m., and music and dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
    The cost of the dinner is $25 per person.
    Reservation forms are available at http://www.vandaliaalumniandfriends.org/vecms3/userfiles/Default/2014All....

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, September 20

  • New VVFD Truck Delivered
  • Look at class of '47 continues with Hohlt

    Continuing on with the VCHS Class of ’47, this week’s focus is on Jeanne (Lawler) Hohlt.