Today's News

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    (Most) Homestead Critters
    Enjoying Lazy Summer Days
    Some of the barn critters are enjoying the summer days, namely Madricka, the mother donkey, and her young son, Buckwheat (aka baby Bucky).  
    They can often be seen stretched out in the sunshine, usually on their sides, soaking up the sunshine.

  • Two samples test positive for West Nile

    Samples gathered last week in two areas of Fayette County tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Cyr, supervising sanitarian for Fayette County Health Department, said that first West Nile virus positive batches of mosquitoes in Fayette County were collected as part of routine testing by the department.
    “These results demonstrate the continued need for people to ensure they are protected from mosquito bites,” Cyr said.
    The mosquito samples were collected in rural Ramsey and rural Shobonier/St. Peter last Tuesday and tested last Wednesday.

  • Mayor gives info on property at Eighth and Veterans

    As Vandalia’s mayor updated council members on the downtown demolition project on Monday, he also reported on another project, one on the city’s north side.
    Gottman told aldermen that the company leasing the property at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue from Larry Mabry has bought out the lease and turned the property back over to Mabry.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
    Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Wait first proposed rail line

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.
    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois, from Terre Haute to St. Louis, linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

  • New feature at Little Community Garden

    Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

    That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.

  • First Day of School

    Kanon Schaal does not seem to be excited about being photographed on his first day of pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Good marks given for registration

    Vandalia’s superintendent of schools told school board members on Tuesday that the district’s new format for registering students, for the most part, “went very smooth.”
    That new format called for parents to preregister their students online, then show up on registration day to pay fees and pick up their children’s schedules.