Today's News

  • Do you have storm damage?

    The city of Vandalia is collecting damage reports as it attempts to receive assistance from the state. File a report at Vandalia City Hall as soon as possible.

  • School district still holding strong financially

    In its final meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a revised budget for the nearly completed year and heard from the superintendent that the district remains in good financial shape.

     “The hay’s not in the barn yet,” said Superintendent Rich Well, noting that the fiscal year didn’t end until midnight Wednesday, “but we’re looking very good. We’re where we are right now because we’ve been good stewards of our money.”

  • McNutt enjoys serving the elderly, those with special needs

    Many words could describe Eleanore McNutt – upbeat, optimistic, energetic, creative, fun-loving, caring, modest, cooperative and willing to work. The list of good qualities could go on.

    Among her most notable qualities are her compassion and compatibility for elderly adults and for those special people who need a special person to understand them.

  • Smith rushes to aid neighbor

    Like many other Vandalia residents, Christopher Smith was watching the onset of Sunday evening’s thunderstorm. He knew that it was going to be a big storm when he saw lightning strike just a short distance from his home.

    Instead of running for cover, however, Smith ran to help a neighbor.

    Smith said that he and a friend were at his house in the 1400 block of North Seventh Street, listening to a scanner to get information about the weather.

  • Vandalia coaching legend dead at 82

    Since football was reinstated at Vandalia High School in 1950, the Vandals have had 12 winning seasons. Of those 12, one season jumps out more than the others – the 1963 season, in which the Vandals went 9-0.

    On June 17, Don Schnake, 82, the architect of the Vandalia's lone perfect season, died following a short battle with lung cancer.

    Schnake spent eight years on the sidelines as head coach of the VCHS football team, compiling a record of 29-34. He had two winning seasons during his tenure, the perfect season of 1963 and an 8-1 mark in 1964.

  • Two arrested for murder of former St. Elmo man

    Investigators of the Major Case Squad have confirmed the identity of the dismembered and burned body that was discovered in East St. Louis early Tuesday morning.

    The victim has been identified through this investigation and confirmed by dental records as 22-year-old Zachary Irvin, who recently relocated to St. Louis from St. Elmo. 

    Two suspects, 41-year-old Dennis M. Iagulli and 35-year-old James E. Pierson, are in custody and have been charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office.

  • Post 95 late rally falls short

    The Senior Legion team couldn't beat an early deficit or holes in its roster to top Centralia on Tuesday. Post 95 fell 8-6.

    "The guys we had battled," coach Steve Hosick said.

    A couple of missing players on Tuesday night forced Hosick to put some players out of position on defense and put Andy Hosick, who has a fractured left wrist, on the mound.

  • Severe storm hits Vandalia

    A severe storm that moved through Vandalia early Sunday evening damaged numerous trees and left many of Vandalia's streets flooded.

    Local authorities were assessing the damage on Monday morning.

    Photos of some of the damage are shown here.


  • Do you have storm photos?

    Do you have photos from Sunday's storm which show damage or flooding that you'd like to share?

    We'd like to help you share those photos both in this week's issue and online at our web site.

    You may drop photos off at our office, bring in your digital camera or e-mail photos to rbauer@leaderunion.com.


  • 12:45 p.m.-Monday-City will seek state, federal assistance

    The city of Vandalia will seek financial assistance from the state and federal governments as a result of Sunday's storm.

    City officials met with Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler mid-morning on Monday to begin the process of applying for assistance.

    The process involves gathering information from both the city and property owners who sustained damage. Those with damage are asked to stop by city hall or call 283-1196.